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June 10, 2013

Rangers 6, Indians 3 (F)

ARLINGTON -- Jeff Baker hit a two-run homer in the fourth to tie the game, and Lance Berkman broke the tie with a two-out two-run shot in the seventh at the Rangers rallied past the Indians 6-3 on Monday night.

Nelson Cruz added an RBI double in the seventh as the Rangers pushed their lead in the American League West to one game over Oakland, which was idle.

Josh Lindblom allowed three runs in six innings with all three runs coming on a Carlos Santana double in the third inning after the Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on a Craig Gentry single.

Lindblom, starting in place of the injured Alexi Ogando, retired the final 10 batters following the Santana double and logged six strikeouts in his second career start.

Jurickson Profar doubled off Scott Kazmir to open the seventh, and Elvis Andrus followed with an infield single. Nick Hagadone entered to face David Murphy, who hit a hard grounder to Santana at first base. He tagged the bag, then got Andrus in a rundown.

But Profar would stray too far off third base and be thrown out by shortstop Mike Aviles for an unorthodox double play. Berkman, though, saved the day with his fifth homer of the season and first since May 24.

Robbie Ross (3-1), Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan (20 saves) each worked a scoreless inning in relief of Lindblom.

-- Jeff Wilson

 

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