ARLINGTON – A comeback seemed likely for a second consecutive night, but it didn't happen. Instead, the Cleveland Indians rallied for four runs in the ninth to regain the lead.
And there wasn't any walk-off magic on Saturday, as the Indians held on for a 7-5 victory on Saturday night at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers maintained a one-game lead in the American League West after the Angels fell to the Mariners.
For the first six innings, it was a pitcher’s duel between C.J. Wilson and Fausto Carmona.
In the seventh, though, both pitchers began to falter and the offenses came to life.
The Indians took a 3-0 when Kosuke Fukudome had one-out broken-bat infield single followed by an RBI double off the right-center field wall by Shelley Duncan. Wilson left the game after 6 2/3 innings, but Darren Oliver allowed another run to score on a balk when he dropped the ball. Cleveland scored its third run on a throwing error by Michael Young.
The Rangers’ offense responded after being held scoreless through the first six by Carmona.
Mitch Moreland and Yorvit Torrealba singled to start the inning, and David Murphy reached on an error that also scored Moreland. Ian Kinsler followed with a two-run single to tie the game at 3-3. Carmona got Elvis Andrus to groundout before being relieved by Tony Sipp.
Sipp came in to face Josh Hamilton, but Hamilton drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to left.
The Indians answered in the ninth off Neftali Feliz, however. Fukudome led off the inning with a double on a ball that Nelson Cruz almost tracked down in deep right-center. Fukudome moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ezequiel Carrera and scored on a single by Lonnie Chissenhall to tie the game at 4-4.
Feliz retired Lou Marson on a fly out for the second out, but the Indians took the lead on a double to right by Michael Brantley.
Yoshinori Tateyama relieved Feliz after that, but didn't fare much better. Tateyama gave up a two-run home run to the first batter he faced, Jason Kipnis, allowing Cleveland to cushion its lead. By just enough, too.
Texas threatened in the ninth, scoring a run and brining the winning run to the plate against Cleveland closer Chris Perez. With two outs, Ian Kinsler walked, went to second on defensive indifference and scored on a single by Elvis Andrus. That brought the tying run up in Hamilton, who reached on an infield single.
Andrus and Hamilton moved to third and second on a wild pitch by Perez. But Perez ended it by getting Michael Young to groundout.
-- Drew Davison