So if this is it for Williams, he is going out on a historic note. The right-hander allowed 16 of 26 batters to reach base over four-plus innings in a 12-2 loss to the Indians on Friday night at Progressive Field.
That comes out to a .615 on-base percentage for the Indians, which is the highest ever allowed by a Rangers pitcher in a game with a minimum of four innings pitched.
"Not executing, that was basically it," Williams said. "When I did execute, they found holes. It's all on me. This is what happens when you don't execute. [I] also walked three guys. That's not me. I try to attack hitters. That's unacceptable."
Williams, who pitched a terrific game last Friday in beating the Athletics, allowed 10 runs on 13 hits and three walks while striking out two. It is the ninth time in Rangers history a pitcher has allowed 10 runs in a game, and the second this season. Colby Lewis did so on July 10 against the Angels. The 13 hits were one short of a club record.
"Williams just wasn't commanding the baseball tonight like he did against Oakland," manager Ron Washington said. "A lot of pitches over the plate, a lot of deep counts. He didn't have his changeup, he didn't have his breaking ball and he didn't command his fastball. He got a lot of ground balls, but they were hit hard and found holes."
As far as Tepesch returning to that spot in the rotation, Washington said, "We just have to wait and see. Tep threw a bullpen [session] today, and he'll throw another on Sunday. We'll see."
The Indians had 16 hits, including four by right fielder and former Ranger David Murphy. His four hits included a two-run double in the fifth inning, when the Indians scored six runs.
Murphy also made a big defensive play in the second inning. The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Michael Brantley, but Cleveland starter Danny Salazar began the second by walking Adrian Beltre and Jim Adduci.
Salazar struck out J.P. Arencibia and retired Leonys Martin on a pop to third before Robinson Chirinos grounded a single through the right side. Beltre tried to score, but Murphy gunned him down with a strong, accurate throw to the plate.
"There are two outs, you've got to send him," Washington said. "Murphy came up and made a good throw. If that throw is a little off either way, Beltre is in there. Murphy made a nice throw, and he swung the bat well."
Rookie right-hander Phil Klein made his Major League debut for the Rangers after being called up from Triple-A Round Rock. Klein, the club-record 33rd pitcher used by the Rangers this season, had not allowed an extra-base hit all season in the Minors and had not allowed a run in his last 35 innings. That changed quickly against the first batter he faced, as Lonnie Chisenhall hit the fourth pitch Klein threw into the right-field seats for a leadoff home run in the sixth.
"He could have been a little nervous," Washington said. "He left a pitch down the middle to Chisenhall. Nerves ... at least he got that one out of the way."