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MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - INSIDE PITCH

CLEVELAND -- The Texas Rangers' makeshift starting rotation caused by a rash of injuries leaves the team prone to the occasional blowout. Friday night was one of those games as the Cleveland Indians roughed up right-hander Jerome Williams to defeat the Rangers 12-2.

Williams, who was signed by the Rangers on July 12 after being released by Houston, was making his second start for Texas on Friday night. He won his first start 4-1 vs. Oakland on July 25, when he pitched six innings and allowed one run on five hits.

It was a different story for Williams on Friday night. The 32-year-old right-hander only lasted four innings and gave up 10 runs on 13 hits and three walks. Williams was removed from the game after the first five batters he faced reached base in a six-run Cleveland fifth inning.

"He left a lot of pitches out over the plate, a lot of deep counts. Didn't have his changeup, didn't really have his breaking ball. And he didn't command his fastball," said Texas Manager Ron Washington. "When he missed, they hit the ball. He got a lot of ground balls, but they were hard-hit and they found holes."

Williams didn't disagree with his manager's assessment.

"I wasn't executing pitches and that's when they were getting those hits," Williams said. "When I did execute, they found a hole. It's all on me. I didn't execute and that's what happens when you don't execute."

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MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 43-66

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Rangers (RHP Miles Mikolas, 1-3, 8.54 ERA) at Indians (LHP T.J. House, 1-2, 4.50 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--C Geovany Soto began an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday night. Soto has been on the disabled list since July 22 with a right groin strain.

--RHP Jerome Williams entered his start in Cleveland on Friday night having won five consecutive decisions as a starter, dating back to Sept. 5, 2013, as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. However, Friday night Williams gave up 10 runs on 13 hits in four innings. "I wasn't executing pitches and that's when they were getting those hits," Williams said. "When I did execute, they found a hole. It's all on me. I didn't execute and that's what happens when you don't execute."

--SS Elvis Andrus reached on an infield single in the seventh inning Friday night. That was Andrus' only hit of the game, but it extended his hitting streak at Progressive Field to 23 games, the longest hitting streak in the 20-year history of the ballpark. Andrus has hit safely in 41 of 42 career games vs. Cleveland. His career average vs. the Indians is .358.

--OF Shin-Soo Choo, who played for the Indians from 2006-12, was 1-for-4 Friday night, his third game as an opposing player at Progressive Field. Choo played two games at Progressive Field last year as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I wasn't executing pitches and that's when they were getting those hits. When I did execute, they found a hole. It's all on me. I didn't execute and that's what happens when you don't execute." -- Rangers RHP Jerome Williams after a loss to Cleveland on Friday.