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September 15, 2011

Postgame notes from Rangers 7, Indians 4 (Beltre reaches 25 homers for sixth time)

Here are some postgame notes from the Rangers’ 7-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians that increased their lead over the Los Angeles to 3 1/2 games:

* Adrian Beltre’s two-run home run in the fifth inning was his 25th of the season and extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games. That is the longest active hit streak in the majors. This is Beltre’s sixth season with 25 or more home runs.

* Elvis Andrus went 1-for-3 and has hit safely in all 23 career games against Cleveland.

* By pitching six shutout innings, Alexi Ogando had his first start without allowing a run since July 19, when he blanked the Angels for eight innings. That also was his last victory. He had not won in Arlington since July 6.

* Michael Young’s three-RBI night gives him 101 RBIs on the season. His only other season with at least 100 RBI came in 2006 when he drove in 103.

* Josh Hamilton homered for the third consecutive game.

* The Rangers scored at least seven runs in every game of the six-game homestand and outscored their opponents 54-22. Thursday’s game was the only one of their five victories decided by fewer than six runs.

* The Rangers finished 9-1 against Cleveland in 2011. They are 21-4 against the Indians over the past three seasons.

* No. 9 hitter Endy Chavez had singles in his first two plate appearances after going hitless in his previous 13 at-bats.

* The two runs closer Neftali Feliz allowed in the ninth inning ended his streak of 13 1/3 scoreless innings.

* The first-pitch temperature of 75 degrees was the lowest at Rangers Ballpark since May 15, when it was 69 degrees at the start of a game against the Angels.

-- David Thomas


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Why no comments on about how bad of a closer Feliz is? Is there anyone who really feels comfortable when he comes in a game unless it is like last night when it was with a five run lead. I do not like the Rangers postseason chances with him as the closer.

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