Rangers spoil Clevinger's return with 7-2 win over Indians

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Lance Lynn did what he has been doing throughout his first season with the Texas Rangers with another quality start.

While Lynn allowed one run over seven innings, the Cleveland Indians finally got to see Mike Clevinger back on the mound, though their lanky right-hander gave them a bit of an early scare in his return from the injured list in a 7-2 loss Monday night.

''One, it was nice seeing him out there. Two, he scared the heck out of us when he went down,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''It was nice to see him back competing. As he gets reps under his belt, he'll build up, he'll refine his pitches and he'll be OK.''

Clevinger (1-1) struck out seven and walked three, with all of those among five runs he allowed in his first start since April 7. He threw 12 scoreless innings with 22 strikeouts his first two starts before missing more than two months because of a muscle strain in his upper back.

The concerning moment came in the second inning when coming off the mound on a grounder. Clevinger immediately took pressure off his left ankle and dropped to the ground after an initial awkward step.

''It's definitely scary, especially just coming off the DL, or IL. It was pretty sticky and then I kind of finished up across my body,'' Clevinger said. ''And then went to take off and my foot stayed into the ground. The X-rays came back good.''

Lynn (8-4) struck out nine without a walk. The veteran right-hander has gone at least six innings in 10 consecutive starts, allowing three runs or fewer in the last eight.

''He gives me a little bit of a breather as far as like having to worry about what we're going to get,'' Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. ''He's just consistent in his performance every single time he's out there.''

Danny Santana hit a two-run homer after Willie Calhoun's two-out walk in the fourth.

Clevinger was done after consecutive two-out walks in the fifth. Elvis Andrus doubled on reliever Tyler Clippard's second pitch to make it 5-1.

Francisco Lindor and Oscar Mercado hit solo homers for Cleveland. Lindor's 12th homer , in the fifth, was the only run off Lynn.

Santana, the switch-hitting utility player, started in right field with Nomar Mazara out for the second game in a row with right hamstring tightness. He signed in the sixth for his third consecutive multi-hit game, then scored from second base on a wild pitch by Tyler Olson that ricocheted off the brick backstop toward the Rangers dugout.

''He did it all today, everything was kind of on display,'' Woodward said. ''I can't say enough about the kid. He's so good for us in so many ways.''

STADIUM STORMED

The stadium sustained minor damage during heavy storms Sunday. The National Weather Service confirmed an F1 tornado with winds of 95 mph touched down briefly nearby. It was unclear if the tornado was responsible for the damage that included wind screens ripped away and some roof damage above some upper left-field seats that were unoccupied Monday night. The team said there was no damage at its new ballpark being built across the street.

SHORT HOPS

Texas scored all of its runs with two outs. ... The Rangers (39-33) are six games above .500, matching their highest mark this season. ... Lindor has a six-game hitting streak and has reached base in 20 of his last 22 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: To clear a roster spot for Clevinger, LHP Josh Smith was optioned to Triple-A Columbus and RHP Corey Kluber was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list. Kluber has been cleared for strengthening activities, but it is still uncertain when he will resume throwing.

Rangers: OF Joey Gallo (left oblique strain), out since June 2, is set to go to the team's spring training complex in Arizona on Tuesday to continue his rehab. He was scheduled to be there Monday, but worked out in Texas after his flight got canceled. ... OF Hunter Pence (right groin strain) was put on the 10-day injured list, and Calhoun was activated from the IL.

UP NEXT

Indians: In his last start, rookie right-hander Zach Plesac (1-2, 2.92 ERA) became the first Indians pitcher ever to allow homers to the first two batters of a home game.

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (5-3) was without a big league victory before going 5-0 with a 3.19 ERA his last six games (three starts).

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  • W: L. Lynn (8-4)L: M. Clevinger (1-1)
  • HR: CLE - F. Lindor (12), O. Mercado (4), TEX - D. Santana (5)
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    E. Andrus SS40120001.302.339.455.7944.0
    A. Cabrera 3B40000022.244.328.422.750-1.0
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    R. Odor 2B40000021.177.256.335.591-1.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (12)
      • HR - F. Lindor (12), O. Mercado (4)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (26), O. Mercado (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado 2 (2), J. Bauers, R. Perez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Choo (18), E. Andrus (17), R. Guzman 2 (14)
      • HR - D. Santana (5)
      • RBI - S. Choo (31), E. Andrus 2 (41), D. Santana 2 (19), J. Mathis (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (13), E. Andrus 2 (10), D. Santana 2 (6), J. Mathis (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, D. DeShields, A. Cabrera, W. Calhoun, J. Mathis
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Choo (5), D. Santana (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Andrus-Odor-Guzman)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (L, 1-1)4.23553712.700.72-0.5
      T. Clippard0.11000103.440.82-0.5
      T. Olson1.02221204.431.67-1.0
      A. Cimber1.01000003.651.262.0
      A. Cole1.01000102.571.292.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (L, 1-1)4.2
      T. Clippard0.1
      T. Olson1.0
      A. Cimber1.0
      A. Cole1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (W, 8-4)7.06110914.161.2928.5
      J. Leclerc1.01110115.061.251.5
      B. Martin1.01000004.741.142.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (W, 8-4)7.0
      J. Leclerc1.0
      B. Martin1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Olson
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 91-57, T. Clippard 7-5, T. Olson 27-14, A. Cimber 13-10, A. Cole 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 4-3, A. Cimber 3-0, A. Cole 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 20, T. Clippard 2, T. Olson 6, A. Cimber 4, A. Cole 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 108-68, J. Leclerc 20-12, B. Martin 7-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 6-6, J. Leclerc 1-1, B. Martin 2-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 27, J. Leclerc 4, B. Martin 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      O. Mercado LF41111032.304.355.480.8354.5
      C. Santana 1B40100000.287.405.518.9231.0
      J. Kipnis 2B40000011.213.266.315.581-0.5
      J. Ramirez 3B40100001.204.298.304.6022.0
      J. Bauers DH40200021.228.309.382.6901.0
      R. Perez C40000023.239.337.477.814-1.0
      T. Naquin RF30000010.270.303.400.703-0.5
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        S. Choo DH31110111.285.386.514.9006.5
        D. DeShields CF31100111.230.350.304.6532.5
        E. Andrus SS40120001.302.339.455.7944.0
        A. Cabrera 3B40000022.244.328.422.750-1.0
        W. Calhoun LF31000111.385.429.6541.0821.5
        D. Santana RF42221010.305.343.494.83710.5
        R. Odor 2B40000021.177.256.335.591-1.0
        R. Guzman 1B32200110.213.291.440.7316.5
        J. Mathis C40110022.157.216.209.4251.0
        L. Lynn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        J. Leclerc P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        B. Martin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Ramirez (12)
          • HR - F. Lindor (12), O. Mercado (4)
          • RBI - F. Lindor (26), O. Mercado (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado 2 (2), J. Bauers, R. Perez 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Choo (18), E. Andrus (17), R. Guzman 2 (14)
          • HR - D. Santana (5)
          • RBI - S. Choo (31), E. Andrus 2 (41), D. Santana 2 (19), J. Mathis (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (13), E. Andrus 2 (10), D. Santana 2 (6), J. Mathis (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, D. DeShields, A. Cabrera, W. Calhoun, J. Mathis
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - S. Choo (5), D. Santana (8)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Andrus-Odor-Guzman)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Clevinger (L, 1-1)4.23553712.700.72-0.5
          T. Clippard0.11000103.440.82-0.5
          T. Olson1.02221204.431.67-1.0
          A. Cimber1.01000003.651.262.0
          A. Cole1.01000102.571.292.5
          Total8.08774111---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Clevinger (L, 1-1)4.2
          T. Clippard0.1
          T. Olson1.0
          A. Cimber1.0
          A. Cole1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Lynn (W, 8-4)7.06110914.161.2928.5
          J. Leclerc1.01110115.061.251.5
          B. Martin1.01000004.741.142.0
          Total9.08220102---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Lynn (W, 8-4)7.0
          J. Leclerc1.0
          B. Martin1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Olson
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 91-57, T. Clippard 7-5, T. Olson 27-14, A. Cimber 13-10, A. Cole 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 4-3, A. Cimber 3-0, A. Cole 2-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 20, T. Clippard 2, T. Olson 6, A. Cimber 4, A. Cole 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 108-68, J. Leclerc 20-12, B. Martin 7-4
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 6-6, J. Leclerc 1-1, B. Martin 2-0
          • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 27, J. Leclerc 4, B. Martin 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Mercado homered to left27
          • 6TH INNING
            Mathis singled to center, Guzman scored17
            Santana scored, Guzman to third on wild pitch16
          • 5TH INNING
            Andrus doubled to deep left, Choo and DeShields scored15
            Lindor homered to center13
          • 4TH INNING
            Santana homered to center, Calhoun scored03
          • 3RD INNING
            Choo doubled to deep left, Guzman scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brett Martin relieved Jose Leclerc
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Bauers singled to shallow center
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bauers out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Lance Lynn
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor lined out to shortstop
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mercado homered to left
            • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A.J. Cole relieved Adam Cimber
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded out to second
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Guzman doubled to shallow left
            • J. Mathis: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Mathis grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin lined out to center
            • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Cimber relieved Tyler Olson
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeShields reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Andrus grounded out to third, DeShields to second
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second, DeShields to third
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana fouled out to first
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez doubled to left
            • J. Bauers: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Olson relieved Tyler Clippard
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Calhoun lined out to left
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana singled to left
            • R. Odor: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • R. Guzman: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Santana stole second, Ball, Ball, Guzman walked
            • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana scored, Guzman to third on wild pitch, Ball, Mathis singled to center, Guzman scored
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Ball, Naquin grounded out to first
            • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Martin grounded out to first
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor homered to center
            • O. Mercado: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Choo stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
            • Tyler Clippard relieved Mike Clevinger
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus doubled to deep left, Choo and DeShields scored
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana singled to right
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis flied out to deep center
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to center
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bauers singled to right center, Santana to third
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Andrus flied out to center
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked
            • D. Santana: Santana homered to center, Calhoun scored
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Odor grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Martin reached on bunt single to shortstop
            • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to left center, Martin to second
            • O. Mercado: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Odor flied out to right
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Foul, Guzman doubled to deep right
            • J. Mathis: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mathis struck out looking
            • S. Choo: Choo doubled to deep left, Guzman scored
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, DeShields lined out to right
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kipnis flied out to center
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to first
            • W. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
            • O. Mercado: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Santana grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)