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June 02, 2011

Rangers 7, Indians 4 (F)

CLEVELAND -- Endy Chavez had an RBI triple as part of a four-hit game, matching his career-high, and Dave Bush and Michael Kirkman helped the Rangers overcome the late scratch of Matt Harrison in a 7-4 victory over Cleveland on Thursday at Progressive Field.

Nelson Cruz doubled and scored to start three-run rallies in the fifth and sixth. He scored on a groundout by Yorvit Torrealba as the Rangers started their way back from a 3-0 hole. Chavez followed with two-out single to center, and Ian Kinsler walked. They scored on singles by Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton.

Cruz doubled with one out in the sixth and went to third on a single by Mitch Moreland. Torrealba delivered a sacrifice fly to score Cruz, and Chavez tripled to right-center field to score Moreland.

Chavez would score as catcher Carlos Santana threw wildly while expecting Chavez to come home on a wild pitch. The throw went into the middle of the infield, and Chavez slid home safely for a 6-3 lead.

The inning made a winner of Kirkman, who pitched three innings for his first major-league victory and allowed a homer to Matt LaPorta to start the seventh. Kirkman had relieved Bush, who endured a rough second inning in which Cleveland had a walk, a double and two singles to start the inning.

Cleveland's bats came alive in the eighth, down 6-4, with consecutive singles off Darren Oliver, but Oliver struck out Grady Sizemore, and Mark Lowe struck out pinch-hitter Shelley Duncan and got Orlando Cabrera to hit into a fielder's choice to end the threat.

The Rangers added an insurance run as Elvis Andrus reached on a fielder's choice with two outs, stole second and scored as pitcher Rafael Perez missed the relay toss from first baseman LaPorta to allow Hamilton to reach on an error.

Five of the Rangers' seven runs came with two outs.

Neftali Feliz pitched around a one-out single and a balk to record his 12th save and second in two days.

-- Jeff Wilson

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