ARLINGTON – Matt Harrison benefitted from two extra days of rest, Adrian Beltre drove in his 90th run of the season with a solo homer and the Texas Rangers went on to a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark.
Texas has won 17 of its last 25 games, and will maintain at least a three-game lead in the American League West over Oakland, which faced third-place Los Angeles late Tuesday.
Harrison worked three perfect innings before giving up consecutive walks to start the fourth. He got out of that jam, though, before giving up his first hit on a one-out single to Jason Donald in the fifth.
The Indians scored their first run in the fifth, and added another in the sixth off Harrison. But the Rangers were ahead all night.
Texas took a 4-0 lead in the second, highlighted by RBI doubles by Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler. The Rangers scored a run in the fifth on Beltre’s homer that was originally ruled a double before being overturned.
In the sixth, the Rangers took a 6-2 lead on an RBI single by Elvis Andrus, who has hit safely in all 30 of his career games against the Indians.
Cleveland threatened by scoring two runs in the eighth, both charged to Mike Adams. The Indians had the go-ahead run at the plate with two on and two out later in the inning, but Tanner Scheppers struck out pinch-hitter Michael Brantley to end the inning.
Rangers closer Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 32nd save.-- Drew Davison