Justin Masterson played the in-synch-out-of-synch game Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park. Or as Masterson put it, "It was like 'N Synch with Justin Timberlake or 'N Synch without Justin Timberlake." Make of that what you will, but Masterson was good for the first three innings of the Indians' 3-2 victory over Texas and not so good over the next 2 2/3 innings. Still it was enough, along with just a bit of offense and 3 1/3 scoreless innings from the bullpen, to give the Indians their first winning record (32-31) since April 9th when they were 5-4. The Indians were 10½ games out of first place in the AL Central on May 18th. By winning 13 of their last 18 games, they've moved into second place in the division and trail Detroit by 3.0 games. The Tigers lost to the Red Sox, 5-3, Sunday night in Comerica Park. Masterson (4-4, 4.61) took a no-hitter into the fourth inning, but lost it to Adrian Beltre, who sent a slow roller to Asdrubal Cabrera at short. He lost the shutout in the same inning on a two-out, two-strike wild pitch with Donnie Murphy at the plate that scored Alex Rios from third. It was the wildest of Masterson eight wild pitches this season. "It really went wild," said Masterson. "It really, really got out there." The Indians tied the score against lefty Joe Saunders (0-2, 3.60) in the fifth on Cabrera's RBI single. Then they took a 3-1 lead with two more runs in the fifth as Ryan Raburn singled in the first run and David Murphy, who spent the last 6 ½ season playing for the Rangers, drove in what proved to be the winning run with a sacrifice fly. "It's always nice to beat your friends," said Murphy with a smile. "The infield was in and I was just trying to get the ball in the air. I would have been nice to get more than one run in there, but you've got to get one." Masterson, with a 3-1 lead, needed a shutdown inning in the sixth, but didn't get it.
Cleveland Indians beat Texas, 3-2, to post winning record for first time since April 9
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jun 9