Andrus helps Rangers, Minor to 4-2 victory over Indians

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) When Elvis Andrus scored on a wild pitch after his RBI triple in the first inning, the Texas Rangers already were feeling pretty good because they had Mike Minor on the mound at home.

Minor limited the Cleveland Indians to one run and three singles over eight innings after they had scored 10 runs each of the last two nights, and Texas earned a series split with a 4-2 victory Thursday.

''That's desperately what we needed right there. Losing two in a row, got beat up a little bit,'' manager Chris Woodward said. ''Just phenomenal, I don't know what else to say honestly. It's every time out, every time he takes the ball he just gives us a good outing.''

The Rangers lefty improved to 7-4 with a 2.52 ERA overall. Minor has a 2.03 ERA in eight home starts, allowing only six runs in the last seven since the Chicago Cubs scored six runs against him on opening day back in March.

With the temperature reaching 95 degrees, and heat index at 110 and above, Minor threw 70 of his 110 pitches for strikes. It was the Rangers' 18th game in 17 days, and they have a three-game weekend series against the Chicago White Sox before an off day.

''I knew that it'd be nice to split with these guys,'' Minor said. ''To split here and kind of salvage a little bit, a day game, a hot one and our regular guys still played, I felt good about it just because some of those guys could have easily taken a day off.''

Woodward hadn't planned to send Minor back out for the eighth inning, but the pitcher told him he was doing fine.

''He didn't even have sweat on his face,'' Woodward said.

Shawn Kelley worked the ninth for his ninth save in 13 chances after giving up a leadoff homer to Carlos Santana.

Cleveland, which scored 44 runs in the first six games of its 5-2 trip, got its run off Minor in the sixth on an RBI single by Jordan Luplow after a two-out single and walk.

Andrus also homered, hitting his first homer since May 12 at Houston right after Danny Santana had gone deep in the eighth to make it 4-1. It was the seventh homer for both players, the third for Santana in the four-game series.

Santana doubled and stole third in the first before Andrus tripled to right-center. Andrus scored on a wild pitch by Shane Bieber (6-3) that ricocheted off catcher Kevin Plawecki and went several feet in front of the plate.

''It was just kind of a funky inning ... (Plawecki) made a nice block but it kind of sprung back out off his leg. That was just kind of an awkward play,'' said Bieber who didn't allow any more runs while striking out eight without a walk in six innings.

''I thought he battled his (behind) off. First inning, he's giving up some hard contact, a couple runs and then he just battled the rest of the way,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''Matter of fact, if we tied that game we were going to let him go back out.''

THREE Ks, YOU'RE OUT

Rangers third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera was ejected in the sixth after disagreeing with a called third strike. While Woodward was out discussing the ejection with home plate umpire Doug Eddings, Cabrera tossed his batting gloves from the dugout toward the plate. Cabrera struck out all three at-bats.

DEFENSIVE GEMS

Andrus, the Rangers shortstop, went up the middle and stretched to field a grounder by Jason Kipnis before a spin move and throw in the fifth. Ronald Guzman, their 6-foot-4 first baseman, made a full split to complete the out. That was an inning after a heads-up play by second baseman Rougned Odor, who was in shallow right field when he let a soft popup by Jose Ramirez fall to the ground and started a double play . ... Indians 1B Jake Bauers also had an impressive stretch to retire Shin-Soo Choo after second baseman Kipnis fielded the ground.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara got a scheduled day off for some extra rest and healing after playing two games since missing two games with right hamstring tightness.

UP NEXT

Indians: Trevor Bauer (5-6), coming off his first career shutout in his last start Sunday at Detroit, faces the Tigers again Friday night when Cleveland opens a six-game homestand.

Rangers: Ariel Jurado (4-3) starts the opener of a weekend series against the Chicago White Sox.

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  • W: M. Minor (7-4)L: S. Bieber (6-3)S: S. Kelley (9)
  • HR: CLE - C. Santana (15), TEX - E. Andrus (7), D. Santana (7)
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J. Kipnis 2B40100001.227.286.353.6391.0
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  • a-grounded out for Luplow in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Plawecki in the 9th
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D. DeShields CF30200000.238.351.322.6732.0
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    BATTING
    • HR - C. Santana (15)
    • RBI - C. Santana (44), J. Luplow (22)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Luplow (6)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Luplow, J. Ramirez 2 (2), M. Freeman, J. Bauers
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Santana (11), W. Calhoun (2), D. DeShields (7), R. Guzman (15)
    • 3B - E. Andrus (3)
    • HR - D. Santana (7), E. Andrus (7)
    • RBI - D. Santana (21), E. Andrus 2 (43)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, R. Odor, R. Guzman, J. Mathis
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (17)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Santana (9)
    • CS - D. DeShields (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Bauers (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Odor-Guzman)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Bieber (L, 6-3)6.05220803.861.0813.0
    T. Clippard1.01001103.260.881.5
    A. Cole0.12220023.771.40-4.0
    B. Hand0.20000100.860.730.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Bieber (L, 6-3)6.0
    T. Clippard1.0
    A. Cole0.1
    B. Hand0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Minor (W, 7-4)8.03113402.521.1529.0
    S. Kelley (S, 9)1.02110112.811.097.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Minor (W, 7-4)8.0
    S. Kelley (S, 9)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Bieber (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 102-71, T. Clippard 14-7, A. Cole 12-6, B. Hand 9-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 6-4, B. Hand 1-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 23, T. Clippard 4, A. Cole 3, B. Hand 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 110-70, S. Kelley 23-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 3-16, S. Kelley 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Minor 29, S. Kelley 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    F. Lindor SS40000010.293.357.514.871-0.5
    O. Mercado LF31100100.316.371.500.8713.0
    C. Santana DH31211101.292.416.527.9438.0
    J. Luplow RF30110012.260.331.512.8431.5
    a- T. Naquin PH10000000.275.307.425.7320.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30000103.201.294.308.6023.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40100001.227.286.353.6391.0
    K. Plawecki C30000011.173.261.321.582-0.5
    b- M. Freeman PH10000011.246.371.351.722-0.5
    J. Bauers 1B30000001.230.310.393.7030.0
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    • a-grounded out for Luplow in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Plawecki in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH40000001.280.383.500.8830.0
    D. Santana RF42211020.312.348.532.87910.0
    E. Andrus SS42221010.303.341.472.81310.5
    A. Cabrera 3B30000030.242.322.428.750-1.5
    L. Forsythe 3B10000010.268.377.417.794-0.5
    W. Calhoun LF40100010.333.366.615.9811.5
    R. Odor 2B30000001.173.249.336.5850.0
    D. DeShields CF30200000.238.351.322.6732.0
    R. Guzman 1B20100101.214.303.441.7443.0
    J. Mathis C30000022.150.214.200.414-1.0
    M. Minor P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Kelley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • HR - C. Santana (15)
      • RBI - C. Santana (44), J. Luplow (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Luplow (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Luplow, J. Ramirez 2 (2), M. Freeman, J. Bauers
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Santana (11), W. Calhoun (2), D. DeShields (7), R. Guzman (15)
      • 3B - E. Andrus (3)
      • HR - D. Santana (7), E. Andrus (7)
      • RBI - D. Santana (21), E. Andrus 2 (43)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, R. Odor, R. Guzman, J. Mathis
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (17)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Santana (9)
      • CS - D. DeShields (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Bauers (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Odor-Guzman)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (L, 6-3)6.05220803.861.0813.0
      T. Clippard1.01001103.260.881.5
      A. Cole0.12220023.771.40-4.0
      B. Hand0.20000100.860.730.5
      Total8.08441102---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (L, 6-3)6.0
      T. Clippard1.0
      A. Cole0.1
      B. Hand0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (W, 7-4)8.03113402.521.1529.0
      S. Kelley (S, 9)1.02110112.811.097.5
      Total9.0522351---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (W, 7-4)8.0
      S. Kelley (S, 9)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Bieber (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 102-71, T. Clippard 14-7, A. Cole 12-6, B. Hand 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 6-4, B. Hand 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 23, T. Clippard 4, A. Cole 3, B. Hand 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 110-70, S. Kelley 23-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 3-16, S. Kelley 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 29, S. Kelley 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Santana homered to right center24
      • 8TH INNING
        Andrus homered to left14
        Santana homered to right center13
      • 6TH INNING
        Luplow singled to left, Mercado scored, Santana to third, Luplow to second12
      • 1ST INNING
        Andrus scored on wild pitch02
        Andrus tripled to right center, Santana scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shawn Kelley relieved Mike Minor
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Santana homered to right center
        • Tyler Naquin hit for Jordan Luplow
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Naquin grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis singled to right center
        • Mike Freeman hit for Kevin Plawecki
        • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Martin flied out to left
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor lined out to second
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mercado lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A.J. Cole relieved Tyler Clippard
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo flied out to deep center
        • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana homered to right center
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Andrus homered to left
        • Brad Hand relieved A.J. Cole
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • W. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Calhoun grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Logan Forsythe at third base
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis flied out to center
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike swinging, Plawecki flied out to right
        • J. Bauers: Bauers lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Shane Bieber
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor fouled out to second
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, DeShields doubled to deep left
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, DeShields caught stealing third, catcher to third, Ball, Ball, Guzman walked
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martin grounded out to first
        • F. Lindor: Lindor fouled out to shortstop
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Mercado singled to left
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Santana walked, Mercado to second
        • J. Luplow: Foul, Luplow singled to left, Mercado scored, Santana to third, Luplow to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez lined out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
        • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike looking, Plawecki popped out to second
        • J. Bauers: Bauers flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Choo grounded out to second
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Luplow flied out to right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded into double play second to first, Santana out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • W. Calhoun: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Calhoun lined out to center
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor lined out to left
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields singled to center
        • R. Guzman: Ball, DeShields to second on 1st baseman Bauers fielding error, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guzman grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mercado lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Andrus struck out looking
        • A. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Kipnis flied out to deep center
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez stole second, Foul, Strike looking, Plawecki struck out looking
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bauers flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Guzman: Guzman doubled to deep right center
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mathis popped out to first
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Choo lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor flied out to center
        • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercado walked
        • C. Santana: Santana flied out to deep left
        • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Choo lined out to second
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana doubled to left center
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Santana stole third, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andrus tripled to right center, Santana scored
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Andrus scored on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun doubled to deep center
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)