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June 11, 2013

Indians 5, Rangers 2 (F)

ARLINGTON -- Derek Holland allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season, and Coppell product Corey Kluber took a shutout into the eighth as the Indians snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Holland needed only 11 pitches to strike out the side in the first inning, and he had a shutout through three innings. But Ryan Raburn opened the fourth with a double and came around two batters later on a single by Mark Reynolds.

The first five Indians reached in the fifth, and the first two scored on a single by Drew Stubbs. He would scored two batters later on a single by Nick Swisher.

Holland faced two more batters, retiring one of them, before Kyle McClellan was summoned from the bullpen with the Rangers down 4-0.

But one run would have been enough for Kluber, who was making his ninth start of the season. He benefited from three double plays to erase leadoff runners, but he also used a sinker to produce grounder after grounder.

He retired eight straight batters on grounders before A.J. Pierzynski lined a single to left to start the fifth.

The Rangers didn't have a runner reach third until Nelson Cruz got there with two outs in the seventh. Chris McGuiness, though, struck out two pitches later.

David Murphy ruined Kluber's strikeout bid in the eighth with a two-out double that scored Jurickson Profar, and Pierzynski homered off Joe Smith in the ninth.

-- Jeff Wilson


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