Facing the Cleveland Indians pitching staff can have that effect on a lot of hitters.
Beltre and the Rangers continue their series against the woeful Indians on Saturday.
Beltre went on a torrid run in mid-August, hitting .418 with five homers, four doubles and 12 RBIs over a 14-game stretch from Aug. 11-24. However, he went 3 for 17 in five games before Friday, when he broke out of that funk by going 4 for 5 with two doubles, two runs scored and one RBI in Texas' 5-3 win.
He wasn't the only one to have a big night - the AL West-leading Rangers had four of their five hits with runners in scoring position come with two out.
"That was just guys executing in the clutch," manager Ron Washington told the Rangers' official website. "You'd like to get them in before that. You don't want to be relying on two-out hits all the time, but tonight we got them."
The win was the 10th in 13 games for the Rangers (78-53), who opened their 10-game road trip on a positive note.
Continuing to face the reeling Indians (55-77) should help Texas further. Cleveland has lost 15 of 16 and finished August with a 5-24 record, which tied the team record for losses in a month set in July 1914.
The Indians are 1 1/2 games out of last place in the AL Central after they were 3 1/2 games out of first July 27. They have gone 5-28 since, recording a 5.95 ERA - up from a 4.47 mark over the first 99 games.
"It's been the toughest month that I've had in baseball," embattled manager Manny Acta said.
Scott Feldman (6-10, 4.95 ERA) will try to take advantage of the matchup as he seeks to avoid a fifth straight loss Saturday. Feldman surrendered six runs and a season-high 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings of a 6-5 loss to Minnesota last Sunday.
Despite having a 6.45 ERA over his last four starts, Washington said Feldman isn't in danger of losing his spot in the rotation.
"We have no issues with Feldman," said Washington. "He doesn't have to prove anything to us, just do what we want them all to do, and that's keep us in the game."
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 10 outings against the Indians, including three starts. His most recent start against them came in 2009.
He probably won't need much help from his offense against this Cleveland lineup, which has scored three or fewer runs in 10 of its last 12 games.
Gomez pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Wednesday in his first appearance since late June. He had been sent down to the minors after going 1-5 with a 7.92 ERA over six starts from May 25-June 23.
However, the right-hander had a respectable outing against the Rangers on May 4, allowing three runs over seven innings of a 6-3 victory.
|August 31, 2012||Tyler Tufts||15-Day DL||Surgery, perforated bowel|
|August 30, 2012||Robbie Ross||15-Day DL||Strained left forearm|
|August 28, 2012||Nelson Cruz||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left elbow|
|August 22, 2012||Yu Darvish||Day-to-Day||Right quad tightness|
|August 11, 2012||Mike Napoli||15-Day DL||Strained left quadriceps|
|August 05, 2012||Elvis Andrus||Day-to-Day||Left game - shoulder soreness|
|August 27, 2012||Roberto Hernandez||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained right ankle|
|August 13, 2012||Josh Tomlin||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 13, 2012||Jason Kipnis||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|August 06, 2012||Travis Hafner||Day-to-Day||Back soreness|
|August 06, 2012||Travis Hafner||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|June 30, 2012||Lonnie Chisenhall||60-Day DL||Fractured right ulna - out 4-6 weeks|
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Vinnie Pestano took advantage of his chance to save a Cleveland Indians win.
With All-Star closer Chris Perez unavailable and the Indians entering with a six-game losing streak, Pestano went from his role as setup man to get the final four outs and save a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
"A little extra work never hurt anybody," Pestano said after his first save of the season and fourth of his career.
The win was Cleveland's sixth in 34 games since July 27 and came with Perez not even at the ballpark. He was with his wife Melanie, who delivered a baby girl earlier in the day.
"The bullpen was terrific," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "To stop these guys is huge. At any moment (the Rangers) can turn around the score."
Acta said he had no worries about putting Pestano in to pitch in the eighth inning with two outs and a runner on first.
"He was the best guy out there to stop the losing streak," Acta said. "We had to take care of the game today."
The Indians are just 12-36 since the All-Star break, with losing streaks of 11, nine and six games.
Texas entered with a four-game lead in the AL West over Oakland and lost for just the fifth time in 16 games.
"It's not always the best team that wins, it's the team that plays the best," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "They put four runs on us in the first inning and they made it stand up."
Jeanmar Gomez (5-7) gave up three runs and four hits over 5 2-3 innings in his first start for Cleveland since June. He was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday.
Cleveland tagged Scott Feldman (6-11) early and improved to 42-24 when scoring four or more runs.
Carlos Santana had a two-run single before Casey Kotchman and Jack Hannahan each had RBI groundouts in the first inning for the 4-0 lead.
"We had a lot of quality at-bats that inning," Acta said. "Then we allowed Feldman to get into a groove and he was dropping his breaking ball over the plate."
Feldman pitched shutout ball for his last five innings, but fell to 0-5 in five starts since Aug. 5.
"It was a nightmare first inning there," Feldman said. "They came out swinging and it seemed like everything they swung at they got some hits. I dug a little too deep a hole."
David Murphy hit his 12th homer leading off the third for the Rangers' first hit. He walked to open the fifth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Moreland to make it 4-2.
Adrian Beltre 's 26th homer with two outs in the sixth made it 4-3 and finished Gomez.
Gomez opened the season in Cleveland's rotation and was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in four April starts before struggling and being sent to Columbus on June 24.
"He had a good sinker, good two-seam fastball, but the third time through the lineup, they started getting to him a little," Acta said.
Elvis Andrus hit safely against Cleveland for the 28th straight game, setting a Rangers record for a hitting streak against one team. Ivan Rodriguez had hit in 27 straight against Tampa Bay in 1998-2000.
Andrus extended the streak in his final at-bat in strange fashion. He took a big cut at a pitch from Rogers and sent a weak dribbler that hugged the third base line. It rolled foul at one point, weaved back into fair territory and Andrus laughed as he reached first base when the ball stopped at the third base bag.
Gomez started in place of Roberto Hernandez , out with a sprained right ankle. Hernandez left a start Monday because of the injury and tweaked it during fielding practice on Thursday. He will wear a protective boot for at least a week.
Cleveland also was without All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera , a late lineup scratch with a sore right wrist. Cabrera came in on defense in the ninth.
Notes: Russ Canzler , called up from Triple-A Columbus, went 2 for 4 as the DH in his Indians debut. ... Texas manager Ron Washington said he will try and get some playing time for prospect Jurickson Profar . When he does debut, the 19-year-old infielder will become the youngest Rangers player since C Ivan Rodriguez , also at age 19 in 1991. ... Washington wants to give Andrus some rest and used him as the DH. Andrus has missed only four games, starting 123 at shortstop. ... Cabrera has hit .103 over his past 11 games and .242 in the second half. ... Fans cheered as a member of the U.S. Navy Leapfrog team parachuted into the ballpark with the American flag during the national anthem.