Aaron Ceval gave up three singles in six goal-free rounds, Yu Chang attended and Cleveland closed out their 107th and final season under the Indians’ name with a 6-0 win over the 102nd lost Texas Rangers on Sunday.
The Indians (80-82), who will be called Guardians starting next season, finished their first season with a losing streak since 2012. It ended an eight-year streak with a winning streak, the longest tie streak in franchise history and it fell a season away One of the mark of one of the original 1901 American League teams that later became the Indians in 1915.
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Four reducers, including right-hander Brian Shaw, replaced Ceval (12-5) to complete Cleveland’s ninth close of the season. Shaw retired the only hitter he faced in his 81st game—playing exactly half of the season’s games—and expanded the franchise’s record with 459 career break starts.
For the Indians, Dominican Amed Rosario 4-1 with a record and RBI, Jose Ramirez 5-1 with a running streak, and Franmel Reyes 3-0 with a record. Colombian Oscar Mercado 4-1 pushed Venezuelan Andres Jimenez 3-0.
Rangers, Lloyd Taveras 1-0. Venezuela’s Yoni Hernandez 3-0. Cubans Adulis Garcia 4-0 and Andy Ibanez 4-1.