Rangers Lose Close Series To Naps; A-Rod Ends Last Game In Walk Off Style

April 28: Cleveland 6, Texas 5

The Rangers played the Naps neck-and-neck for most of the series. After the Naps broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth, Rafael Palmeiro tied it right back up with his eighth homer of the year (second only to Fred McGriff). Texas called on their fireman Neftali Feliz to keep the affair tied up in the top of ninth, but a Tris Speaker double and Nap Lajoie single gave Cleveland the lead right back. Doug Jones hurled a perfect bottom of the ninth for the save.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 300 021 - 6 12 11
TEX 012 000 020 - 5  8  3

HR: R. Palmeiro (8)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. McDowell  7.2  5  5  1  3  7  
N. Ryan      7.0  5  5  0 10  9 

CLE 12-10, TEX 10-11

April 29: Cleveland 6, Texas 3

Mike Hargrove was a monster in the lead-off spot for Texas with a 5-for-5 day that included a double and homer. But other than an Adrian Beltre homer, his teammates didn’t do a lot of damage against Corey Kluber. Kluber rung up Rangers batters 12 times and walked zero.

                  R  H BB
CLE 120 010 011 - 6  9  7
TEX 100 010 100 - 3 11  0

HR: M. Ramirez (2), A. Rosen (3), M. Hargrove (1), A. Beltre (4)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber   7  3  3  2  0 12  
Y. Darvish  7  5  5  2  6 10 

CLE 13-10, TEX 10-12

April 30: Texas 5, Cleveland 4

After two competitive losses, the Rangers were hungry for something more than a moral victory in the series closer. It wasn’t looking good as Cody Allen took the bump in the bottom of the ninth to protect Cleveland’s 4-3 lead. Allen barely caught his breath before Al Oliver smacked a lead-off double and A-Rod followed with a come-from-behind walk-off jobby.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 100 300 - 4  8  5
TEX 000 210 002 - 5 16  1

HR: J. Romano (2), A. Rodriguez (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  8  3  2  0  1  3  
C. Hough      6  3  3  0  3  2 

CLE 13-11, TEX 11-12
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