"That's the wrong team not to bring your 'A' game out there," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "They have a very, very good lineup. He was just throwing the ball at times right where those guys have their hot spot. Those long balls kind of showed that."
The Indians broke a six-game losing streak on Saturday, but their hopes to win back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 8-9 ended quickly. Cleveland has lost 16 of its past 18 games and is 6-29 since July 26. The Indians finished 2-8 on their homestand with the only wins coming against the Yankees on Aug. 25 and the Rangers on Saturday.
Cleveland starts a 10-game road trip on Monday in Detroit. The Indians, who also make stops in Minnesota and Texas, have gone a combined 1-17 on their last two trips. Cleveland lost all nine games on a trip to Kansas City, Minnesota and Detroit on July 27-Aug. 5. The Indians won the first game of their most recent trip against Los Angeles, but dropped the final eight to the Angels, A's and Mariners.
"We're hoping we can have a better record than we had the last two times we went on the road," Acta said.
The Rangers scored four times in the third, the first coming on Jurickson Profar's home run in his first Major League at-bat. Carlos Santana's two-run homer in the bottom of the inning off Derek Holland got the Indians back in the game, but that was their only high point.
McAllister allowed three solo homers in the fifth and was done for the day. He allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five innings. The right-hander's record fell to 5-6 and he hasn't won since Aug. 11, a span of four starts.
"In back-to-back outings, he was one pitch away from getting out of an inning and it kind of got out of hand," Acta said. "He was one pitch away today and allowed three more runs in that inning [the third] after two outs."
Profar's leadoff homer in the third put Texas ahead. McAllister later had two on and two outs, but gave up an RBI double to Nelson Cruz and a two-run single to David Murphy.
The Indians played without shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who was out of the lineup for the second straight game with a sore right wrist. Acta also rested Shin-Soo Choo and Michael Brantley, who are battling extended hitting slumps.
"Brantley needed a day off," Acta said. "He's a little beat up. He's played a lot and is scuffling right now. He just needed a break. Same thing with Choo, especially against the left-hander [Derek Holland]."
Acta said Cabrera would return on Monday.
Russ Canzler, called up from Triple-A Columbus on Friday, batted cleanup and played left field. He had one hit in four at-bats, a double that hit high off the wall in the third. Thomas Neal, promoted from Double-A Akron on Friday, made his Major League debut. He played right field and batted fifth. Neal doubled in the eighth for his first hit and RBI in the big leagues.
Profar became the first Rangers player to hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat when he hit a solo homer in the third.
"He's pretty impressive," Acta said. "I saw him before in the instructional league. Obviously, he's one of the top prospects in the game. He showed today how it appears kind of easy for him. First at-bat in the big leagues, no problem, 10 rows back, home run. Second one, double. He looks like he's been there, done that, 19 years old. That's amazing."
Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Murphy homered in the fifth, which was the turning point in the game, according to Rangers manager Ron Washington.
"That's what we needed," Washington said. "We needed to really break out and show our authority in that ballgame today, and we certainly did that. We did it in the way that we're capable of doing it."