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Rangers shut out Indians 5-0; three takeaways

ARLINGTON, Texas– The Cleveland Indians could not muster any offensive momentum on Sunday in the 123-degree heat against the Texas Rangers.

After the Indians scored a combined 25 runs over the last two days, Texas starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo was able to wind back the clock and put together his best outing of the year to stifle the Tribe bats in the Rangers’ 5-0 shutout win.

Here are three takeaways as the Tribe gets ready to head back home to face the Pirates in a 3-game set.

1. Gallardo’s start of the year and Cleveland’s missed opportunities

Gallardo gave up a season-low three hits in six scoreless innings. It was the first time Gallardo has pitched six or more scoreless innings since August of 2015. He had just one strikeout and four walks, but as manager Terry Francona said postgame, he did a good job of pitching to contact and keeping the ball off the barrel of the Tribe’s bats.

Overall against Rangers’ pitching, the Tribe was also held to 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. And even in the eighth inning with bases loaded, the Indians were unable to drive in a run.

2. Odor plates the first three Texas runs

Gallardo was backed up nicely by Rougned Odor, who went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run and three RBI.

He got the Rangers on the board in the third with an RBI single, and later recorded a sacrifice fly in the fifth, putting up the only two runs on Indians starter Mike Clevinger. Sunshine went 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven, giving four hits, those two earned runs and four walks.

After Clevinger exited, Odor homered in the eighth inning on an 0-1 slider from Oliver Perez, tacking on an insurance run.

3. Rua’s home run seals the deal

Amherst Steele alum Ryan Rua plated the final pair of Rangers runs on Sunday with a two-run shot to center field.

Rua came off the bench as a defensive substitution in the top of the eighth inning, and in his only at-bat of the game made Neil Ramirez pay for an 0-1 slider that didn’t break enough and wound up in the middle of the zone:

For the season, Rua is batting .195 with six homers and 12 RBI.

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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