CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians manager Manny Acta is searching for answers.
He sure didn't find any Saturday night.
The Texas Rangers beat Cleveland 4-0, the Indians' eighth loss in 11 games and their fifth straight at Progressive Field, where they were virtually unbeatable the first two months of the season. The Rangers have won 15 of the last 18 meetings against the Indians.
Cleveland's struggling offense was blanked by Derek Holland, who pitched a five-hit shutout. Fausto Carmona (3-7), who hasn't won since May 3, gave up home runs to Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.
``Everything we've done to this point has been based on a team effort,' Acta said. ``Everyone has pitched in and done their part, but on a night like this when you run into pitching like that, and you have three guys in the whole lineup hitting over .250, it's tough to get things going.'
Shin-Soo Choo, who has been in a season-long slump and is hitting .246, got the night off for Cleveland. Grady Sizemore is trying to regain his stroke since coming off the disabled list last week, and Travis Hafner is still about three weeks from returning from an oblique injury.
``We need a couple of guys to snap out of it, and step up and just lengthen our lineup,' Acta said. ``Without Hafner and having to give guys days off, guys that have been struggling and hurting, it's not the most intimidating lineup.'
Following Sizemore's single in the second, Holland retired 12 batters in a row before walking Adam Everett with one out in the sixth. Michael Brantley followed with a single and an error by normally sure-handed third baseman Adrian Beltre loaded the bases with two outs. Carlos Santana grounded out to Beltre on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
The Indians had runners on first and second in the seventh, but Holland struck out Lou Marson and retired Everett on a groundout.
``Holland threw the ball very well,' Acta said. ``A lefty in the mid-90's with a very good mix of pitches and (he) just flat-out shut us down.'
Holland (5-1), pitching in front of a small group of family and friends from his hometown of Newark, Ohio, pitched his second-career complete game shutout. He struck out five with one walk.
Carmona gave up a two-run homer to Hamilton in the first and a two-run shot to Cruz in the seventh. The homers traveled a combined 885 feet.
``I liked how I pitched today, but I made two pitches and two home runs,' said Carmona, who is 0-4 in his last six starts. ``With Hamilton I left the ball up, so I tried to keep the ball down. Then Nelson Cruz hit a slider up. That's how it goes. I missed two pitches and two home runs. After that I kept the ball down, had a lot of ground balls and quick outs.'
Acta thought Carmona gave his team a chance to win.
``He pitched well,' Acta said. ``He threw a lot of first-pitch strikes.'
NOTES: Acta said Choo would play Sunday, but the manager plans on giving Sizemore the day off. ... Indians 3B Jack Hannahan was out of the lineup for the second straight game because of a strained left hamstring. Holland's complete game shutout was just the 10th by a visiting pitcher in Progressive Field history. ... Rangers LHP Matt Harrison was diagnosed with a kidney stone and remained at the team hotel. He was scratched from Thursday's start because of a blister, but is expected to pitch Tuesday in Detroit. ... Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano threw his warmup pitches on the mound before the ninth inning but was removed with lower back tightness.
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