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July 26, 2013

Indians 11, Rangers 8 (F, 11)

CLEVELAND – Three errors. Three wild pitches. Three innings pitched by Martin Perez. A 7-1 deficit at one point.

All signs pointed to a forgettable night for the Texas Rangers, but they somehow managed to stay in it and forced extra innings.

But, in the end, the Cleveland Indians prevailed in walk-off fashion for an 11-8 victory. Ryan Raburn launched a three-run homer off Jason Frasor to end it in the 11th  on Friday night at Progressive Field.

The Rangers have lost 10 of their last 13 games.

Frasor worked 1-2-3 innings in the ninth and 10th, but faltered in his third inning of work. Asdrubal Cabrera led off with a single to center, and Carlos Santana followed with a single to left. Raburn then unleashed his 11th homer of the season, sending a shot over the left-field fence.

The Rangers had a chance in their half of the 11th. Leonys Martin led off with a perfectly placed bunt single against Indians right-hander Bryan Shaw. With two outs, he raced to third on a wild pitch but that threat fizzled out when Nelson Cruz popped up to end the inning.

Still, it took a remarkable rally just for the Rangers to get it to extras.

Trailing 8-6 going into eighth, the Rangers rallied to tie it. Pinch-hitter David Murphy led off with a single and, two batters later, Elvis Andrus reached on a hit by pitch. Martin bunted both runners into scoring position, and Ian Kinsler lined a two-run single to right off Indians right-hander Joe Smith.

-- Drew Davison


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