CLEVELAND -- Mike Napoli was out of the lineup on Sunday for only the sixth time this season. He had started six straight games either at catcher or first base before getting Sunday off."I'll still get my work in and be ready if they need me to pinch-hit or play the field late," Napoli said. Maybe do what Adrian Beltre did on Saturday night, when he hit a three-run pinch-hit home run in the 11th? "Hopefully we'll be up five runs in the ninth and won't need it," Napoli said. The break comes with Napoli hitting just .205 (8-for-39) with one home run and two RBIs in his last 11 games. That skid began right after he hit home runs in five straight games. "I still feel like I'm taking good swings," Napoli said. "I'm feeling good in the box, I'm just missing my pitches and fouling them straight back. I'm still sticking to my plan and not worrying about anything."
Gonzalez still in lineup in place of Beltre
CLEVELAND -- Adrian Beltre, who is dealing with a strained left hamstring, was still out of the lineup on Sunday for the fifth straight game -- even though he hit a three-run pinch-hit home run in the 11th inning on Saturday night. Manager Ron Washington didn't want to push Beltre for a day game after a night game, citing the short pregame preparation time."He should be ready to go tomorrow," Washington said. "We want his routine to be exactly what it should be. We'll see, but my intention is to play him tomorrow." Alberto Gonzalez started at third base, making his fourth straight start and seventh of the season. He has started five games at third base and two at shortstop. He went into Sunday's game in an 0-for-10 slump that has dropped his average to .259, but he has yet to make an error in the field. "He's done his job," Washington said. "He's our extra utility guy, and he's done everything we've asked -- play defense and execute the fundamentals. That's exactly what we needed." Beltre pinch-hit for Gonzalez in the 11th inning. When the Rangers went back out on defense in the bottom of the inning, Washington used Brandon Snyder at third base. The other option was to move first baseman Michael Young to third and insert Mitch Moreland, who was the designated hitter, on defense. But Washington said he did not want to take Young off of first. "He was playing a great game at first," Washington said. "He was in his rhythm and I didn't want to break his rhythm. I was very comfortable with the way he was playing first base."
Gentry makes Beltre homer possible
CLEVELAND -- Adrian Beltre's three-run home run in the 11th inning was the big blow in the Rangers 5-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday. But Craig Gentry, who had entered the game on defense in the eighth inning, made it happen in two different ways.Gentry led off the inning by drawing a walk off of side-arming right-handed reliever Joe Smith. That's only the eighth walk that Gentry has drawn in 117 career plate appearances against right-handers. "At that point, I'm trying everything I can to get on base," said Gentry, who showed bunt a couple of times during the at-bat. "Then he got behind in the count, it went to 3-1, and I was taking all the way. It went to 3-2, and I saw the last pitch was going to be a ball coming out of his hand." Nelson Cruz followed with a double-play grounder right at second baseman Jason Kipnis. But Gentry hustled hard to second base and slid hard into shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who dropped the ball while trying to make the relay to first base. That kept the Indians from turning their fourth double play of the game. "Gentry got down there quick enough where Cabrera couldn't get in proper position to make the throw," manager Ron Washington said. "He was thinking about how to get out of there, and the next thing you know the ball comes out."
Holland happy even without win
CLEVELAND -- Derek Holland was happy with the way he pitched on Saturday night, even though he missed out on a second shutout and victory at Progressive Field. Holland, who is from central Ohio and had many friends and family in attendance, took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning, before the Indians rallied to tie the game.Holland, who had thrown a shutout against the Indians last year at Progressive Field, had allowed 12 runs over 13 innings in his previous two outings before pitching much better on Saturday. "I thought it was good," Holland said. "I continued to do what I did before. I just wasn't catching as much of the plate as I had been with my offspeed pitches, and that was one of the best games I've had as far as command of my fastball." Holland wasn't happy with the three walks he allowed. He also wasn't happy that of the six baserunners he allowed through seven innings, five reached base with two outs. That was one reason why manager Ron Washington went to the mound in the fourth inning after Holland issued a two-out walk to Travis Hafner, and then fell behind 2-0 to Shin-Soo Choo. "He didn't yell at me like he has before," Holland said. "He just told me to slow down, make my pitch and get out of this." Holland did. He threw one more pitch and Choo flied out to left to end the inning. "You got to do what you're told," Holland said.
Beltre's home run was only the fourth by a pinch-hitter in extra innings in Rangers history. The last was hit by Doug Strange on April 7, 1993 in Baltimore. The others were hit by Dave Roberts in 1979 and Alex Johnson in 1973. Reliever Alexi Ogando has not allowed a hit to a right-handed hitter in 22 at-bats this season. Moreland went into Sunday's game hitting .448 (13-for-29) since April 25, highest on the Rangers. Triple-A Round Rock infielder Yangervis Solarte took a 16-game hitting streak into Sunday's game against Memphis.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.