It was a long Monday night for the Texas Rangers, who received an unflattering thrashing at the hands of the Cleveland Indians. Jose Ramirez scored on the play. The Indians went 1-for-23 with runners in scoring position that series and then went 11-for-28 on Monday.
Down 9-2, the Indians scored once in the bottom of the fourth, then added nine runs over the next two innings to take a 12-9 lead. Russell struck out with two runners on base to end the inning with the Cubs ahead 1-0, and the score remained that way into the eighth inning. He checked out fine according to team medical personnel, but it was still an unsettling incident for the Indians. He was taken to a hospital, where nothing serious was found.
The team says that Francona will not return to Monday's game, but has given no other details. Brantley, back from a right ankle sprain, is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night for his first appearance since June 14. Mills came out to fetch starter Carlos Carrasco in the fourth inning, the first sign the players had that Francona wasn't there. "I wanted to go a little deeper in the game, but it didn't happen, so we had to use the bullpen". "His health is the most important thing".
The pitching matchup tonight has Tyson Ross (1-1, 9.35 ERA) on the mound for Texas to face Mike Clevinger (3-3, 3.86) of the Indians. He spent several hours at Cleveland Clinic and underwent a series of tests. Every starter except Kipnis had at least two hits.
Cleveland reliever Bryan Shaw (2-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.
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"This is the best win of the year, I think, especially coming back early, showing that fight, chipping away, chipping away, breaking through", outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall said. Some scattered showers. An apparent beatdown transformed into a memorable come-from-behind victory.
Dan Otero could not silence the opposition at the plate, allowing a home run to Andrus, his second of the game and second career multi-homer performance (9/24/2016).
Joey Gallo knocked Carrasco out of the game with a solo shot, his 20 of the campaign - 3.1 IP, 6 H, 8 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 K (78 pitches, 46 strikes, 59%, two groundouts, zero flyouts).
Cole Hamels, making his first start since April 26, allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Hamels has been out for eight weeks with a strained oblique muscle.
Napoli returned to Progressive Field for the first time since helping the Indians reach the World Series last season. He suffered a pulmonary embolism on each side of his lungs in 2002 and left a game with chest pains previous year. Indians OF Austin Jackson left Sunday's game with tightness in his left quad. A decision on whether to place him on the DL will be made Tuesday.