The Cleveland Indians haven't been able to generate much offense during their lengthy losing streak.
It doesn't figure to get any easier against red-hot left-hander Derek Holland .
Holland and the Texas Rangers will try to hand sinking Cleveland its ninth straight loss overall and 13th in a row on the road Tuesday night.
Following a 2-4 road trip, the AL West-leading Rangers (38-25) opened a season-high 11-game homestand Monday by continuing their dominance of the Indians (30-33) with a 6-3 victory.
Lance Berkman had gone 2 for 22 over his prior six contests before going 2 for 4 with a key two-run homer in the seventh inning as Texas won its second in a row following a three-game skid."He's too good not to find his swing," manager Ron Washington said. "It would be nice if he got going and we could start doing things we know we're capable of doing."
The Indians, meanwhile, didn't get another hit after Carlos Santana 's three-run double in the third inning. They finished with five hits in their 13th loss in 16 games in Arlington.
Cleveland has batted .211 and been outscored 51-27 during the eight-game skid and hit .201 in its longest road slide since a franchise-record 15 straight losses in 2009.
Francona's club faces the difficult challenge of trying to get back on track against Holland (5-2, 2.82 ERA), who hasn't lost since April 27.
Holland is 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA over his last seven starts, striking out 48 and limiting opponents to two homers in 45 innings during that stretch.
He's also been outstanding versus the Indians, pitching at least seven innings while yielding two runs or less in five of six career starts against them. He's 2-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his last four outings against Cleveland.
Santana, however, has had success against Holland with six hits - two homers - and seven RBIs in 16 career at-bats. He's also 10 for 25 (.400) with two home runs and four doubles in his last seven games in Texas.
Corey Kluber (3-4, 4.56) is scheduled to make his first career start against the Rangers.
Since allowing a season-worst eight runs over 4 2-3 innings in a 10-4 loss at Detroit on May 10, the right-hander has gone 1-2 with a 3.67 ERA in his last five starts - including a two-inning rain-shortened outing against Tampa Bay on May 31.
Only catcher A.J. Pierzynski has faced Kluber, going 1 for 5 with a homer. Pierzynski went 2 for 4 Monday to raise his average to .400 over his last 12 games.
Teammate Adrian Beltre went hitless in the opener, stopping a 14-game hitting streak overall and a 14-game run at home against the Indians.
The Rangers have handled the Indians at home without much help from Nelson Cruz , who is 4 for 41 (.098) in his last 11 there versus Cleveland.
|June 04, 2013||Asdrubal Cabrera||15-Day DL||Right quadriceps strain|
|June 03, 2013||Zach McAllister||15-Day DL||Sprained right middle finger|
|June 03, 2013||Asdrubal Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right quad|
|May 30, 2013||Ryan Raburn||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower right leg cramp|
|May 27, 2013||Chris Perez||15-Day DL||Right shoulder soreness|
|May 26, 2013||Chris Perez||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right shoulder discomfort|
|June 07, 2013||Nelson Cruz||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 07, 2013||Michael Kirkman||15-Day DL||Cutaneous lymphoma in right triceps|
|June 06, 2013||Alexi Ogando||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 06, 2013||Mitch Moreland||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|June 05, 2013||Mitch Moreland||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left hamstring|
|June 01, 2013||Adrian Beltre||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hamstring tightness|
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Terry Francona liked the sound coming from clubhouse around the corner from his office - the blaring music after a victory.
It had been awhile for the Cleveland Indians , especially on the road.
Corey Kluber , pitching less than 25 miles from where he went to high school, allowed one run over eight innings and the Indians snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory at Texas on Tuesday night.
"It's good to get back in the `W' column," Mark Reynolds said. "We can stop worrying about it now and just relax and play ball."
With the efficient effort by Kluber (4-4), some solid defense and timely hits, the Indians also snapped a 12-game road slide.
"We played a nice ballgame, and we kept the line moving at the plate," Francona said. "Because of that you get to hear some music, which is a welcome sign."
Reynolds had an RBI single in the fourth off Derek Holland (5-3) that put Cleveland ahead to stay. Drew Stubbs added a two-run single in the fifth and scored on a single by Nick Swisher , who had only two hits his previous 28 at-bats.
Lefty Holland, who pitched a season-low 4 1-3 innings, was 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his previous seven starts.
Holland struck out the game's first three batters on 11 pitches. But the left-hander was gone after the Indians had scored three runs and his only walk loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. The Ohio native had been 3-0 in six previous career starts against Cleveland.
"You've got to give the Indians hitters credit. They fought for their at-bats and made him work. They got some hits when it mattered," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "You're going to have some days when it just doesn't work out."
Neither team took pregame batting practice on the field after a busted water pipe under the infield caused a sinkhole right behind the mound. Workers had to dig more than 3 feet deep to fix the pipe, but completed the repair and had the grass back in place behind the mound about an hour before the game.
With his team mired in the losing streak, Francona joked before the game that there were no Bull Durham -like shenanigans by his team trying to get a day off.
The Indians were just fine, and happy when the game was over. Every starter in the lineup got a hit.
Kluber, who went to Coppell High School, struck out three with three walks and benefited from three double plays. He didn't throw more than 10 pitches in an inning until the sixth.
"It really wasn't any different than another game," Kluber said. "I've seen, I couldn't tell you how many games here. I've thrown here in college summer league. ... It really didn't feel any different."
Francona was impressed.
"He's getting better right in front of our eyes," the manager said. "For him to go out there and kind of shoulder that responsibility, was, (we're) really proud of him."
Ryan Raburn had a leadoff double in the fourth and scored on Reynolds' second hit of the game. Reynolds was 2 for 25 the first seven games of the trip that ends with Wednesday's series finale.
Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles , the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters in the Cleveland lineup, had consecutive singles to start the fifth. Both moved up a base on Holland's errant throw into center when trying to pick Gomes off second base. Stubbs followed with his runs-producing hit before Jason Kipnis was hit by a pitch to bring up Swisher.
"Thought I had a good game that first inning, when I was in control," Holland said. "It was just an overall terrible performance. I didn't have my fastball. I made some pitches that they just found holes."
After Kluber walked Leury Garcia and Andrus to start the sixth, Garcia was thrown out trying to advance to third on David Murphy 's flyout to left.
Elvis Andrus led off the Texas first with a single but was quickly erased on a double play when Murphy lined out to third baseman Reynolds. Nelson Cruz grounded into a double play after A.J. Pierzynski's leadoff walk in the second.
Murphy had an RBI double in the eighth. Pierzynski homered in the ninth off reliever Joe Smith .
NOTES: Andrus has hit in all 34 career games against Cleveland, the longest hitting streak ever by a Texas player against one opponent. ... Rangers DH Lance Berkman reached in the first on a bunt single toward third base - with the Indians infield shifted the other way and third baseman Reynolds near shortstop. ... Kipnis led off the seventh with a walk, stole second base and scored on a wild pitch.