Still searching for his first career win as a starter, rookie R.A. Dickey will take the mound for the Texas Rangers as they shoot for a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Dickey is 0-2 in three starts since joining the rotation on July 11. The 28-year-old right-hander yielded two runs and seven hits over five innings, but did not receive a decision in Texas’ 14-7 loss to Boston on Tuesday.
Dickey struck out a career-high six, walked one and was in line for a win before Texas’ bullpen imploded.
“R.A. battled them tooth and nail pitching on three days’ rest,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “We couldn’t hold it together after that. It got away from us.”
The Rangers have won four in a row, including Saturday’s 9-7 triumph. Rafael Palmeiro delivered a tiebreaking double and hit one of Texas’ three homers as the Rangers increased their major league-leading total to 167.
Alex Rodriguez has homered in three straight games for Texas, which has not won five straight since a season-high seven-game run from May 16-23.
The Indians have lost 12 of 16 since the All-Star break.
STANDINGS (through Aug. 1): Indians - 4th place, 13 GB, AL Central. Rangers - 4th place, 20 GB, AL West.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Anderson (8-8, 4.18 ERA). Anderson had won five of six decisions before surrendering three runs and six hits over six innings in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss at Oakland. The left-hander has yielded three earned runs or fewer in all but two of his last 14 outings. Anderson is 2-3 with a 4.37 ERA in seven career starts against the Rangers.
RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Dickey (4-5, 4.97 ERA). Dickey has yielded three runs over 6 2-3 innings in three career relief appearances against the Indians.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 4-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - OF Coco Crisp is 0-for-7 since having a 13-game hitting streak snapped. … LHP Anderson is 4-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 11 appearances, including 10 starts, on the road this season. … The Indians have dropped 10 of 11 on the road. Rangers - Texas has 10 homers, including a club record-tying seven Friday, in the first two games of this series. … 1B-DH Palmeiro’s double Saturday was his first in 49 games. … Texas has scored 59 runs in its last six games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 20-38 on the road; Rangers - 28-29 at home.
INJURIES: Indians - INF Ricky Gutierrez (back), 15-day DL; SS Omar Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; OF Lawton (finger), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL. Rangers - OF Juan Gonzalez (calf), 15-day DL; OF Kevin Mench (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (rib), 15-day DL; RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (hip), 15-day DL; RHP Ismael Valdes (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Jeff Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Herbert Perry (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (neck), 60-day DL.