“He pitched behind a lot in the count to a lot of dangerous hitters, but he still competed,” Francona said.
NOTES: An eighth-inning single gave Andrus a hit in all 38 games of his career against Cleveland. It ties the second-longest streak for a player against the same opponent going back to 1914, according to STATS. Vladimir Guerrero had a 44-game streak for the Los Angeles Angels against Texas from 2004 to 2006. Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury had a 38-game streak against Baltimore from 2009 to 2012. Andrus’ streak started with his major league debut on April 6, 2009. … Cleveland’s David Murphy was 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game in Texas since leaving as a free agent. He spent six-plus seasons with the Rangers, including both of the franchise’s World Series years in 2010 and 2011.