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August 07, 2011

Rangers Sunday postgame notes: Adams gets first AL save

Here are more notes from the Rangers’ 5-3 victory over the Indians, a game in which Michael Young reached the 2,000-hit club (see previous posts for more on Young’s 2,000 hits).

* The Rangers kept their one-game lead over the Angels in the American League West. Texas won for the sixth time this season when trailing after seven innings, and had its 18th comeback victory.

* Mike Adams, acquired from the San Diego Padres on July 31, earned his first American League save with a perfect ninth. “The guys have a lot of fight here,” Adams said. “The past few days I've been here we've been down going into late, late in the games. These guys keep finding ways to come back. … It's fun to close out games like that, especially late in the game like that. It makes it a little extra fun."

* Colby Lewis bounced back from his rough outing in Detroit, allowing three runs on five hits with three strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings.

* Elvis Andrus drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run single in the eighth. He has now hit safely in 20 career games vs. Cleveland, the longest career-opening streak against the Indians.

* David Murphy had an RBI single in the eighth inning, scoring Texas’ first run. Murphy was pinch-hitting for Endy Chavez, and is now 3 for 7 with three RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season.

* Darren Oliver earned his fourth victory of the season, throwing 2/3 of a scoreless inning. Oliver leads the pitching staff with four relief victories.

-- Drew Davison


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Another bitter loss for a young Cleveland squad. In hindsight, Acta should have allowed his starter, Tomlin, to at least give up the shutout. Hooking him after just a walk and basehit was lousy micromanagement and Tomlin deserved better.

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