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See-saw affair ends in 12-11 loss to the Texas Rangers

A wild afternoon was the order of the day for a game that finished with 23 runs, 31 hits, 11 different pitchers and two blown saves. The Cleveland Indians came out on the short end of the stick and suffered a 12-11 loss to the Texas Rangers, their third straight defeat this week.


Only five of Wednesday's 18 half-innings had zeros on the scoreboard at Surprise Stadium.

After three hours and 40 minutes of spring training baseball, the Cleveland Indians lost in heart-breaking fashion by blowing an early 7-1 lead and losing 12-11 to the Texas Rangers. Jared Hoying got the last word with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning off Mike Clevinger.

The Tribe showcased five different hitters with multi-hit performances, including Yan Gomes and Richie Shaffer with their second and third home runs respectively.

Top of the lineup leads offensive surge

Nine base knocks from the top half of Terry Francona's starting lineup was the key in scoring eight early runs vs. Nick Martinez and Jaye Chapman.

Deuces were wild for Brandon Guyer who registered two singles, two runs and two RBIs. Coincidentally, Guyer also left two men on base, but reached on a hit by pitch to culminate a solid afternoon.

Gomes continued his Cactus League crushing by tallying three hits, one of which was a home run to lead off the top of the sixth frame. Moments after Gomes' long shot, Shaffer belted a solo tater to a similar spot beyond the left field wall over the head of Joey Gallo. The power-hitting tandem brought the road nine's advantage to 10-5.

Rounding out the major offensive contributions were Bradley Zimmer and Giovanny Urshela, each finishing with a single, double and one run batted in. Eric Stamets launched a game-tying home run in the ninth, but Ryne Slack kept the score at 11-11 and set the stage for a magical game-winning hit for Hoying in the home half of the inning.

Bauer gets no-decision

Trevor Bauer needed the Indians offense to pick him up after giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work. Although the bats were able to do just that and take him off the hook for a loss, Bauer allowed an RBI single to Doug Bernier and a pair of sacrifice flies to Mike Napoli and Carlos Gomez.

On a positive note, the UCLA product had an encouraging 5:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio in an outing hindered by a run-scoring wild pitch in the third, and an error by first baseman Chris Colabello in the fourth.

Allen and Shaw post shaky outings

Despite surrendering two runs over their last 17.1 innings, the Tribe bullpen had a day to forget with seven runs charged, three of which came against Cody Allen.

Six consecutive Rangers reached base off Allen in the seventh: Ronald Guzman (double), Cesar Puello (single), Jason Martinson (home run). Yeyson Yrizarri (walk) and Brett Hayes (walk). The closer was able to recover and set the next three hitters down in order, but the damage had already been done.

Shaw could not solve Martinson either and gave up an RBI double to the 28-year-old minor leaguer to hand Texas its first lead of the contest.

Up next

Goodyear Ballpark will play host to the Indians and Oakland Athletics on Thursday at 4:05 PM ET.

Zach McAllister is scheduled for his first spring training start in over two years against right-hander Andrew Triggs. 

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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