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September 11, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers' 6-4 victory over Indians

At this point in the season, the Texas Rangers will take wins any way they can get them.

That includes wins such as Tuesday's, when the Rangers held on for a 6-4 victory over the Indians. It was the Rangers' 17th win in their last 25 games, and they will maintain at least a three-game lead over Oakland in the American League West.

"It wasn't the prettiest, but we'll take it," Adrian Beltre said.

"It's all about winning, that's the main key right here, right now," Elvis Andrus said. "Continue to win and do whatever you can do to help the team get a win every day."

Beltre and Andrus certianly did their part Tuesday.

Beltre had a solo home run to start the fifth, giving Texas a 5-1 lead. It was originally ruled a double before being reviewed and overturned.

Then, after Cleveland had pulled to within 5-2 in the top of the sixth, Andrus delivered a two-out run-scoring single in the bottom half.

Mike Adams allowed two runs and got only two outs in a shaky eighth inning, but Tanner Scheppers kept the lead in tact and Joe Nathan closed out the ninth for his 32nd save.

Here are a few postgame notes:

* Beltre's solo shot in the fifth inning was the first time the use of replay has changed a non-homer into a home run for a Rangers batter. Asked about the replay wait, Beltre said: "It was a little bit long. You don't want to be in suspense waiting to see what happens ... I'm just glad they got the call right. I knew I hit it good and I saw it hit near the top of the wall, but I didn't know if it went out or not." It was Beltre's 31st homer, and his 90th RBI.

* Matt Harrison started the game with three perfect innings before issuing consecutive walks in the fourth. He gave up his first hit with one out in the fifth. Harrison allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. He earned the victory and became the fourth American League pitcher with 16 wins.

* Andrus has recorded a hit in all 30 of his career games against Cleveland, and he is well aware of it. Andrus came through with an RBI single in the sixth. "I don't want the streak to stop for sure," Andrus said." I'm trying to keep it alive longer."

* Mike Napoli went 0 for 2 and was hit by a pitch in his first medical rehabilitation game Tuesday at Double A Frisco. He caught seven innings, and is scheduled to catch all nine innings on Wednesday.

* The Rangers announced a crowd of 34,765 and have 2,931,040 for the season. They are on pace to break the 3-million mark for the first time this homestand.

-- Drew Davison


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