By Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
ARLINGTON, Tx. — The Texas Rangers gave up five runs in the top of the ninth inning to let victory slip again as the Cleveland Indians swept the three-game series 9-6 Wednesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Texas closer Sam Dyson walked Carlos Santana with bases loaded, and it sent Yandy Diaz across home plate to chip into the Rangers’ lead 6-5. Francisco Landor then hit a grand slam on a 1-1 pitch to right field to give the Indians a 9-6 lead and establish the contest’s final score.
Starting pitcher Cole Hamels took a no decision despite leaving the game with a 5-4 lead after six innings. The 33-year-old retired the first nine batters of the game, including four by strikeout, before allowing runs in each of his next three frames.
A bright spot for the Rangers was Nomar Mazara, who had a three-hit game, the first by a Texas player in 2017. He is the first Ranger to have multiple hit games in each of the team’s first three games since Nelson Cruz had multiple hits in each of Texas’ first four games in 2013.
The Rangers fall to 0-3 and it is the first time since 2007 they have started off the season with such a record. The Indians are now 3-0 for the first time since 1998.
Texas gets the day off before starting up their first AL West series of the year against the Oakland Athletics at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Radio 1400 with Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks calling the action.