The Indians can now say they have a road winning streak. They broke some hexes along the way, too.
Behind a solid effort from Justin Masterson (5.2 INN/5 H/2 ER/6 SO/2 BB), the Tribe did just enough to win consecutive road games for the first time all year. The win also put them above .500 (32-31) for the first time since since April 9. The Indians have won eight of their last nine and are certainly enjoying June, starting 7-1 through the first week.
In facing Joe Saunders (5.1 INN/7 H/3 R (2 ER)/4 BB), it also marked their first victory against a lefty starter this season. They were 0-10 facing southpaws coming into today.
And the nightmare that is Elvis Andrus was finally vanquished. His 39-game hitting streak against the Indians was finally snapped.
The big turning point of today happened in the fourth inning where Masterson skirted disaster with the bases loaded and only one out. The Rangers grabbed a short-lived lead thanks to a wild pitch that frisbeed all the way to Houston, but the big righty was able to keep himself in check. The Indians would capitalize thanks to an RBI single from Asdrubal Cabrera. They would add two more in the sixth thanks to a liner from Ryan Raburn, while David Murphy would cash in the eventual winning run with a sacrifice fly.
The Rangers would close the gap thanks to an RBI triple from Alex Rios. That would be all, thanks to brilliant bullpen work from Marc Rzepczynski, Bryan Shaw and apparent new closer Cody Allen. The trio would combine for 3.1 scoreless.
The Tribe will try for the series win and their third straight win tomorrow. TJ House will take to the hill.
W: Justin Masterson (4-4); L: Joe Saunders (0-2); S: Cody Allen (6)