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Jimenez wrangles the Rangers 6-0

Takes a sweep of Texas

By RAY ROBINSON | 7/29/2013, 9:20 a.m.

Jimenez wrangles Rangers 6-0, Tribe Sweeps Texas

By Ray Robinson

Staff Writer

It looked as though it was going to be yet another pitchers duel on Sunday afternoon as Indians pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez faced Texas' Alex Orgando on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field. Both pitchers were focused early on and it seemed like it was going to be a long and intense game.

Saturday nights 1-0 victory over the Rangers was a battle of the hill and Justin Masterson claimed the grand prize. A win.

On Sunday, both teams were struggling just to get a run until the fifth inning when the Tribe broke the game open. Michael Bourn, with two down in the inning, drew a walk and then advanced to third on a Nick Swisher single. Jason Kipnis singled to drive in Bourn giving the Indians a 1-0 edge.

In the sixth, the Tribe went wild scoring three runs and never looked back. In the eighth, Mike Aviles struck for a two-run homer to left field that sealed the Rangers' fate and completed a sweep of the visiting Texas Rangers.

It isn't lost on the fans that both Kipnis and Bourne are our batting leaders with Kipnis leading the pack with a .295 average and Bourn is right behind him with a .290 batting average. Kip also leads the team in RBI's (63), HR's (15) and stolen bases ( 21).

Jimenez, who has been rather unsteady since joining the team two years ago, is having a little better season than the past two. But not much. Last season, he carried around his neck an albatross of an ERA at 5.40 in 31 starts. He went 9-17. This year Jimenez's ERA is 4.17 and he is 8-5 in the win-loss column. He has tossed 106 strikeouts so far. In 2011 he was 4-4 with an ERA of 5.10. He played the earlier parts of the season for the Colorado Rockies.

The Indians stand in second place behind those pesky Detroit Tigers with a 56-48 record while the Kittens from Dee-troit are at 59-45.