Minor strikes out 7 in 7 innings, Rangers beat Indians 1-0

CLEVELAND (AP) All-Star Mike Minor and the Texas Rangers finally exhaled after the trade deadline. They haven't lost since catching their breath.

Minor struck out seven over seven innings - allowing one runner to reach third base - and combined with Jesse Chavez and Jose Leclerc to shut down the Cleveland Indians 1-0 Monday night.

Nomar Mazara drove in Elvis Andrus with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, providing all the offense the Rangers needed to extend their win streak to five and remain on the periphery of the American League wild card race.

''We didn't know what was going to happen, so now that the deadline is in the past, we know this is the team we're going to have,'' said Minor, the subject of many trade rumors. ''Before, we thought some guys would be gone, but since then, we kind of came together a little more and we're just going out to play baseball.''

Minor (10-6), a first-time All-Star at age 31, allowed seven hits and walked one in winning his second post-deadline start. The left-hander is 3-0 in eight career appearances against Cleveland, giving up a lone run in 23 1/3 innings.

The Indians, who are 37-16 since June 4, fell four games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.

''I thought Minor did everything well and we kind of caught him at his best,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''He could elevate, he could spin the breaking ball to the back foot of the right-handed hitters and he had a changeup. We caught him on a bad night.''

Andrus led off the fourth with a triple, coming home a batter later when Mazara flew out to short center. He easily beat the bouncing throw home from rookie Oscar Mercado.

Chavez worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Leclerc pitched the ninth for his seventh save, stranding Jose Ramirez at third base after his leadoff double off the chalk in right. Leclerc retired Tyler Naquin, Jason Kipnis and Franmil Reyes to end the threat.

''That's a big one for Jose and I think he'll sleep good tonight because that's his first real save opportunity since (regaining the closer job),'' Texas manager Chris Woodward said. ''Obviously, this is a big series for us and we want to see if we can get back in this thing.''

Indians right-hander Aaron Civale (1-1), recalled from Triple-A Columbus before the game, allowed one run and three hits in six innings and struck out seven in his second big league appearance. He tossed six scoreless frames against Detroit on June 22.

Andrus went 2 for 4, raising his average at Progressive Field to a ballpark-record .417. His .370 career average over 72 games against the Indians ranks second behind Nomar Garciaparra's .374.

''We're just battling, man, the way we scratched and clawed,'' Woodward said. ''Their guy pitched pretty well, but obviously, Elvis legging out a triple and Maz hitting a sac fly is what it came down to. That was good. We needed that.''

Reyes struck out in his first two at-bats, giving him six whiffs in a row dating to Sunday. Jordan Luplow exited with a right hamstring cramp after stealing third in the seventh, when Cleveland had runners on first and third, but failed to score.

COOKIE MONSTER

Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia on June 2, is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions Wednesday and Saturday. ''I think we all hope he can come back and pitch for us, but saying anything else isn't fair to him,'' Francona said.

CHANGE OF PLANS

Rangers 3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa started at the spot for the third time in four days, which will be his primary job going forward. Kiner-Falefa exclusively played catcher prior to Friday. ''We're thinking he will catch once every 10 days,'' Woodward said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Shawn Kelley (right biceps soreness) was slated to throw live batting practice Monday for Triple-A Nashville. If all goes well, the closer will join the team in Cleveland to be evaluated Tuesday. Kelley was placed on the injured list on July 22.

Indians: RHP Dan Otero (right shoulder soreness), who has been on the injured list since May 31, will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Columbus. He has appeared in 20 games, posting a 4.56 ERA without a decision.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (6-6, 4.92 ERA) will start on six days rest in his first career outing against Cleveland. He went 1-3 with a 6.99 ERA in six July appearances.

Indians: RHP Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.41 ERA) has won three straight starts and leads AL rookies with a .215 opponent batting average. He is 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA at home.

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  • W: M. Minor (10-6)L: A. Civale (1-1)S: J. Leclerc (7)
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      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Calhoun (9), J. Mathis (7)
      • 3B - E. Andrus (4)
      • SF - N. Mazara (5)
      • RBI - N. Mazara (58)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana 2 (2), N. Mazara, R. Odor
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (27)
      • SH - T. Naquin (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (2), J. Ramirez 4 (4), F. Reyes, R. Perez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Luplow (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Forsythe)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Kipnis-Lindor-Santana; Ramirez-Kipnis-Santana)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (W, 10-6)7.07001703.061.2026.5
      J. Chavez (H, 8)1.00000104.361.273.5
      J. Leclerc (S, 7)1.01000004.441.289.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (W, 10-6)7.0
      J. Chavez (H, 8)1.0
      J. Leclerc (S, 7)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Civale (L, 1-1)6.03111700.750.7514.5
      T. Clippard2.01001102.880.964.5
      H. Wood1.01000202.401.133.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Civale (L, 1-1)6.0
      T. Clippard2.0
      H. Wood1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 112-72, J. Chavez 10-5, J. Leclerc 14-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 3-10, J. Leclerc 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 28, J. Chavez 3, J. Leclerc 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Clippard (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Civale 89-52, T. Clippard 28-16, H. Wood 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Civale 6-4, T. Clippard 3-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Civale 21, T. Clippard 8, H. Wood 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      E. Andrus SS41200010.285.319.417.7364.5
      N. Mazara RF30110011.267.318.453.7711.5
      D. DeShields PR-CF00000000.264.348.370.7190.0
      W. Calhoun LF40100001.282.319.550.8682.0
      S. Heineman RF00000000.286.375.286.6610.0
      R. Odor 2B30000111.209.276.443.7190.5
      L. Forsythe 1B20000112.248.357.402.7590.5
      I. Kiner-Falefa 3B30000003.227.298.336.6340.0
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        F. Lindor SS40000002.304.354.531.8850.0
        O. Mercado CF40100010.288.336.466.8020.5
        C. Santana 1B30100101.281.403.524.9272.0
        Y. Puig RF40200011.256.307.473.7801.5
        J. Ramirez 3B40100004.242.313.418.7312.0
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        J. Kipnis 2B40100022.255.317.405.7210.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Calhoun (9), J. Mathis (7)
          • 3B - E. Andrus (4)
          • SF - N. Mazara (5)
          • RBI - N. Mazara (58)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana 2 (2), N. Mazara, R. Odor
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Ramirez (27)
          • SH - T. Naquin (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (2), J. Ramirez 4 (4), F. Reyes, R. Perez
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Luplow (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Forsythe)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Kipnis-Lindor-Santana; Ramirez-Kipnis-Santana)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Minor (W, 10-6)7.07001703.061.2026.5
          J. Chavez (H, 8)1.00000104.361.273.5
          J. Leclerc (S, 7)1.01000004.441.289.0
          Total9.0800180---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Minor (W, 10-6)7.0
          J. Chavez (H, 8)1.0
          J. Leclerc (S, 7)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Civale (L, 1-1)6.03111700.750.7514.5
          T. Clippard2.01001102.880.964.5
          H. Wood1.01000202.401.133.0
          Total9.05112100---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Civale (L, 1-1)6.0
          T. Clippard2.0
          H. Wood1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 112-72, J. Chavez 10-5, J. Leclerc 14-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 3-10, J. Leclerc 2-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Minor 28, J. Chavez 3, J. Leclerc 4
          PITCHING
          • HBP - T. Clippard (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Civale 89-52, T. Clippard 28-16, H. Wood 18-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Civale 6-4, T. Clippard 3-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Civale 21, T. Clippard 8, H. Wood 4
          • 4TH INNING
            Mazara hit sacrifice fly to center, Andrus scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Hunter Wood relieved Tyler Clippard
            • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Mazara singled to shallow right
            • Delino DeShields ran for Nomar Mazara
            • W. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Calhoun flied out to left
            • R. Odor: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Scott Heineman in right field
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Jesse Chavez
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez doubled to right
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Ramirez to third
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Reyes lined out to center
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • T. Clippard Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa grounded into double play third to second to first, Forsythe out at second
            • J. Mathis: Ball, Foul, Mathis doubled to deep left
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo hit by pitch
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Mike Minor
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Mercado flied out to deep right
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Santana flied out to left
            • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Puig struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tyler Clippard relieved Aaron Civale
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara grounded out to second
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun grounded out to third
            • R. Odor: Odor lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Luplow reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Kipnis reached on bunt single to pitcher, Luplow to second
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reyes flied out to deep center
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Luplow stole third
            • Perez struck out looking
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kipnis out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
            • El. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Puig grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Santana out at second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Lindor popped out to third
            • O. Mercado: Mercado popped out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andrus tripled to deep center
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara hit sacrifice fly to center, Andrus scored
            • W. Calhoun: Foul, Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Odor fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • J. Luplow: Luplow lined out to shortstop
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • J. Mathis: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mathis popped out to first
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • D. Santana: Santana flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lindor lined out to right
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mercado struck out looking
            • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana singled to right center
            • Y. Puig: Foul, Puig singled to center, Santana to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez popped out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Calhoun doubled to left
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Odor walked
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Odor out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Luplow reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez flied out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to first
            • El. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Andrus singled to right center
            • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lindor popped out to second
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Mercado singled to center
            • Ca. Santana: Strike (foul tip), Santana flied out to left
            • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Puig singled to right, Mercado to second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to third, Mercado out at third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)