The Texas Rangers scored a respectable six runs but the Clevelands scored ten of them.
The sequencing of this game was really strange as the Rangers trailed 4-0 after a first inning where it looked like Texas would have to rescue starter Jordan Lyles from himself. Instead, after three innings, the game was tied four runs apiece and Lyles looked like he was settling in just as the bats were ready to take off.
Of course, that definitely wasn’t true as the very next inning Lyles allowed another four runs to swiftly end his worst outing of the season after 3 2⁄3 innings pitched.
After Cleveland added a run in the fourth to make it 9-4, the Rangers scored a couple of runs to threaten a conjuring of the peckaway theory before they were shut down with a final run from the future Guardians.
With the loss, Texas will have to settle for a 2-4 road trip through Boston and Cleveland but, honestly, with the way things have gone away from home, that feels like a win.
Player of the Game: Nick Solak went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored in his fourth game back from Triple-A.
Up Next: The Rangers head back to Arlington where they will begin a weekend series against Houston. RHP Glenn Otto is possibly going to make his debut MLB, though Texas’ starter is still listed as TBD.
Meanwhile, the Astros will counter with RHP Jake Odorizzi in the opener. Friday night’s first pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.