CLEVELAND — Rangers manager Ron Washington didn’t mince words about his team’s lost weekend in Cleveland.
“If you’re playing bad, you’re playing bad,” he said. “It’s that simple. This is a tough game and everybody struggles, but you’ve got to be tough every day. Today was a different animal. It looked like we were sleepwalking out there.”
Indians right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and reliever Vinnie Pestano combined on a two-hitter Sunday, completing Cleveland’s three-game sweep of Texas with a 6-0 victory.
The Rangers were shut out over the final 21 innings of the series — marking their longest drought since going 25 innings without a run from Sept. 15-19, 2009 — and have lost four games in a row.
Following the final pitch, Washington kept the clubhouse closed for 44 minutes as he held a team meeting. Texas is 2-8 since the All-Star break, making it 8-15 since July 1 when it last led the AL West.
“Win or lose, we should bring the same energy and effort to the field every day,” left fielder David Murphy said. “We’ve been kind of up and down on that this year. After the meeting, I think everyone is on the same page now and we can get back on track.”
Elvis Andrus and A.J. Pierzynski accounted for Texas’ two hits, with Pierzynski the only player to reach third base.
Andrus doubled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak against Cleveland to 37 games.
Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando (4-3) made his second start since spending six weeks on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. He only lasted 4 1-3 innings, allowing one run on six hits with a pair of walks, but said his “shoulder is very good, strong.”
Washington was less complimentary of Ogando’s performance, citing the 92 pitches he threw and the 10 Indians that reached base against him.
“He had baserunners every inning and was fighting every inning, so I thought he was through at that point,” Washington said sternly.