It really was a tale of two ends of the spectrum for the Texas teams in Major League Baseball on Monday.
In Detroit, Miguel Cabrera drove in five runs, including a bases-loaded double in a four-run fifth inning, and the Detroit Tigers routed the Texas Rangers 14-0 on Monday night.
In Houston, Yordan Alvarez snapped an 0-for-22 slump with a two-run homer to help the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Detroit 14, Texas 0: The Rangers (35-59, who compete in the American League West Division, have lost six straight, the last three by a combined score of 29-0. The last major league team to allow that many runs while being shut out in three straight games was the 1906 Brooklyn Superbas, who were outscored 31-0 between July 6-9.
“If anyone on this team isn’t embarrassed right now, they shouldn’t be on the field and they shouldn’t be part of our organization right now,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “These guys all want to play in the major leagues, but you have to earn that.”
Tigers starter Casey Mize was only expected to pitch three innings as the team tries to limit his workload. However, when he retired the first nine hitters, he came back out for the fourth, allowing one single. He struck out four.
Mize tried to avoid manager A.J. Hinch at the end of the fourth, but it didn’t work.
“I was hoping to stay away from him, because I wanted to go another inning,” he said. “But we’re being careful with innings right now, and I understand that.”
Joe Jiménez (4-1) got the win in relief.
Kyle Gibson (6-2) allowed eight runs, matching a career high, on 10 hits and two walks in five-plus innings. The Tigers had snapped his 16-start unbeaten streak in a 5-3 win on July 7.
“I honestly don’t know how to explain this,” Gibson said. “They’ve got some good veteran hitters — I’ve been facing Miggy since I was in Minnesota — but this isn’t indicative of how I’ve pitched this year. Maybe they are just ahead of me in the scouting report, but I need to fix it.”
Texas optioned outfielder Jason Martin to Triple-A Round Rock after the game and recalled right-hander Demarcus Evans.
Things could have been even worse for Gibson, but Joey Gallo threw out a pair of Tigers runners from right field, giving him four assists in his last seven defensive games.
“After the game, I shook Joey’s hand and told him I’m proud to be able to manage him,” Woodward said. “We were down 10 runs tonight and our best player was doing everything he would do in a tie game. We need more guys to show that kind of effort.”
The Rangers were to play in Detroit again on Tuesday night, tonight at 6 p.m., and Thursday at noon before headed to Houston for a weekend series against the Astros.
Houston 4, Cleveland 3: The Astros were up by one with one out in the fifth inning when Alvarez connected off rookie J.C. Mejía (1-5) on his soaring shot to the second deck in right field to make it 4-1.
“I wasn’t exactly how I wanted to be in the box,” Alvarez said in Spanish through a translator. “I was able to make some adjustments that helped me out in that at-bat.”
Alvarez held his bat and watched the ball for a few seconds before trotting to first base, and the slugger received lots of high-fives and hugs in the dugout after ending his slump in grand fashion.
“We needed it and that was the difference in the game,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s nice to see him swing the bat... hopefully tonight we found something.”
Alvarez also doubled and Michael Brantley added two hits to help the Astros to their second straight victory.
Houston starter Zack Greinke (9-3) yielded five hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
“His velocity was good, his location was good. We were very satisfied with how he threw the ball,” Baker said.
Ryan Pressly walked one in a scoreless ninth for his 17th save.
Houston leads the AL West with a 57-38 overall record (Oakland is three-and-a-half games back), and was to host Cleveland on Tuesday night, again tonight at 7, and takes Thursday off before “welcoming” the Rangers on Friday.