ARLINGTON -- When it rains, it pours. That's exactly what Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Sunday morning before Texas' game against the Indians.
Daniels was referring to the news that first baseman Mitch Moreland will undergo left ankle reconstructive surgery and is projected to be sidelined for three months. Meanwhile, his most obvious replacement, Jim Adduci, jammed an already hurt finger in Triple-A on Saturday night. Donnie Murphy took over Moreland's duties at first on Sunday.
The storm continued to pour in the fifth inning for the Rangers when second baseman Rougned Odor exited with a sprained right shoulder during a 3-2 loss to the Indians at Globe Life Park.
Odor was injured in the fifth after he led off the frame with a single and tried to slide back into first on a pickoff throw from catcher Yan Gomes. He was replaced by Luis Sardinas and is listed as day to day. He will undergo further evaluation on Monday.
"He never slid," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He made a move to go back, and his shoulder came out -- never slid."
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning after back-to-back singles from Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios sparked the offense. Chris Gimenez then walked, and Beltre was out at home on a grounder by Leonys Martin. But with the bases loaded, Rios scored on a wild pitch from Indians starter Justin Masterson during Murphy's at-bat.
Despite the one wild pitch, Indians manager Terry Francona was pleased with his starting pitcher's outing.
"There's some really dangerous hitters there," Francona said. "But out of the windup, I thought it was the best stuff he's had maybe all year. That was really encouraging."
Cleveland tied it in the fifth. Lonnie Chisenhall led off the inning with a single. Two batters later, David Murphy singled to left field, and then Michael Bourn walked. An Asdrubal Cabrera single to center field scored Chisenhall.
Cleveland pulled ahead for good in the sixth. Ryan Raburn singled to score Gomes. Chisenhall advanced to third on a throwing error by Martin and scored on sacrifice fly from Murphy to make it 3-1.
The Rangers scored behind the bats of Beltre and Rios again in the sixth when Beltre doubled to right field and Rios tripled to center. That made the score 3-2, but the Rangers were unable to rally in the ninth.
Rangers starter Joe Saunders left after 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, three runs (two earned) and four walks with no strikeouts. Masterson left after 5 2/3 frames. He gave up two runs and two walks to go along with six strikeouts.
"It was one of those weird starts. I felt good early on and then kind of got shakier as the game went on with my command," Saunders said. "Working through jams, getting out of jams and trying to get deeper into the ballgame, trying to save the bullpen a little bit -- that's going to be the goal from here on out. No excuse, you've just got to get guys out."
Washington said that he's never had a season like this one as a manager, dealing with all of the injuries. As of Sunday, the Rangers had 12 players on the disabled list, not counting Moreland or Odor.
But he maintained that his team still has to come in with the same mentality each day.
"I don't want to seem like I don't care, but we've got 98 ballgames to play. I've got to focus on the games that we're playing right now with the personnel I have right now," Washington said. "I do believe this personnel -- if we can get consistent -- can win us some ballgames."
Saunders echoed that sentiment, but did question when the injuries were going to let up.
"This is unbelievable. It's mind-boggling, actually. I've never seen anything like this," Saunders said. "Human nature thinks we get a break every once in a while."
But that wasn't the case Sunday.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.