CLEVELAND -- Michael Bourn deposited the second pitch Yu Darvish threw over the right-field fence. That was all Darvish allowed through six innings, piling up 11 strikeouts and 123 pitches.
But Indians starter Justin Masterson made Bourn’s homer stand by baffling and shutting out the Texas Rangers’ reeling offense in a 1-0 victory on Saturday night at Progressive Field.
The Rangers have lost 11 of their last 14, and have fallen five games back of the A’s in the American League West race.
A day after rallying from a six-run deficit and scoring eight runs in a loss, the Rangers fell back into their offensive woes. They had runners reach with one out in the first, second and fourth inning but didn’t advance them into scoring position.
The Rangers’ best chance might have been in the fifth. With two outs and runners at first and second, Engel Beltre singled to right but Geovany Soto was held up at third. That left the bases loaded for Nelson Cruz, who bounced into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
Texas didn’t have another man reach base until Cruz singled with two outs in the eighth to end Masterson’s night. Nothing came of that, though, as Indians right-hander Joe Smith got Adrian Beltre to fly out.
The Rangers then went down in order in the ninth against Indians closer Chris Perez.-- Drew Davison