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Rapid Reaction: Indians 3, Rangers 2

6/8/2014

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Sunday. Some brief thoughts:

How it happened: The Indians scored one in the fifth and two in the sixth to grab a 3-1 lead and held on for a one-run victory. The Rangers had a chance to tie the score in the sixth inning with a runner at third and one out, but Chris Gimenez hit a ground ball with the infield in and Leonys Martin grounded out to second to end the threat.

What it means: Texas drops to 31-32 on the season and eight games back of the Oakland A's, who crushed Baltimore on Sunday afternoon. The Rangers must win Monday night to earn a split in this four-game series.

Not missing bats: Joe Saunders' line shows a pitcher who gave up three runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings on seven hits. But Saunders teetered on the brink of danger constantly and had four walks with 12 of the 25 batters he faced getting on base. He did not have a strikeout. Shawn Tolleson came in to relieve him and allowed an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to give the Indians the lead.

Forgettable homestand: With three games left on this nine-game homestand, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo may be counting the days until the next road trip. Choo is now 1-for-20 on this homestand and 8-for-55 in his past 15 games as he searches for some better results. Choo is likely to bat third for a while now with Mitch Moreland set to undergo surgery on Wednesday and miss three months.

Another triple: Alex Rios hit his seventh triple of the season, which leads the AL. It came with Adrian Beltre at second base in the sixth inning and cut the Rangers' deficit to one run. Rios' career high in triples is eight, achieved in 2008 in Toronto and 2012 in Chicago.

Long at-bat: Beltre's at-bat helped the Rangers score in the sixth. He had a 10-pitch plate appearance, fouling off pitches and getting the count full before hitting a sinker for a double. He scored on Rios' triple.

Inherited issues: Tolleson allowed both of the runners he inherited in the sixth inning to score, though he didn't get any help from an error by Martin. Tolleson has now permitted eight of the 17 runners he's inherited to score.

Costly throw: Martin's throw after Ryan Raburn's single in the sixth inning allowed Lonnie Chisenhall to go to third. That meant that David Murphy's fly ball could score him. That error ended up helping the winning run to score.

Odor hurt: Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor sprained his right shoulder diving back to the bag on a pickoff attempt in the fifth. He held his shoulder and was tagged out before he walked off the field under his own power. He'll be examined further on Monday. More here.

Key overturn: In a one-run game, Rios tried to steal second base with two outs. He was called safe, but Indians manager Terry Francona challenged the call and after 2:35, it was determined he was out. It was not an easy call to make, but the replay guys in New York called him out to end the inning. That eliminated a chance for Gimenez to come up with a runner in scoring position and get an opportunity to tie the score.

Up next: RHP Nick Martinez (1-3, 3.22 ERA) goes up against the Indians and LHP T.J. House (0-1, 3.79 ERA) in the final game of this four-game series at 7:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.