Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Indians 3

August, 7, 2011
8/07/11
9:50
PM CT

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers' offense disappeared, the American League West lead looked like it would follow -- and then Texas came storming back on the Cleveland Indians yet again, this time with a five-run rally in the eighth inning. Thanks to a third consecutive comeback in this series -- the second that secured a victory -- Texas still sits in first place -- one game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels -- a spot it has owned since July 5.

* Colby Lewis allowed three runs on five hits through 7 1/3. He struck out three and walked one. However, he did not get the victory.

* Indians starter Josh Tomlin, a 2006 draft pick out of Texas Tech, handled the Rangers lineup beautifully, never facing more than four batters in any of his seven full innings. He induced 4-6-3 double plays in the fourth and fifth innings to erase lead-off baserunners. He left in the eighth after walking Mike Napoli to start the inning and giving up by a single to Mitch Moreland.

* The Rangers' offense was held scoreless through six innings Saturday and through seven innings Sunday. In the series, the Rangers scored 13 of their 18 runs in the series from the seventh inning on.

* Alexi Ogando remains the lone Ranger with 11 wins as three pitchers remain stuck on 10. Lewis (10-9) narrowly missed his third chance at No. 11 Sunday night, although he's pitched worse and won (Darren Oliver gets the win). C.J. Wilson hasn't won in four starts -- he was the hard-luck loser Saturday night -- and Derek Holland was awful Friday night in his bid for an 11th victory. Matt Harrison goes for his 10th win Monday night against Seattle.

* It didn't look like Mike Adams would get the opportunity to close Sunday's game through seven innings, but he entered with a 5-3 lead to work to the Indians' 5-6-7 hitters. He needed just seven pitches to get the job done for his first American League save and his third of the season.

* In what sort of epitomized the Rangers' inability to make good contact against Tomlin through seven innings, Michael Young got the two hits he needed to reach 2,000 for his career and both were slow tappers toward third base. Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall didn't have a chance on either. Through seven innings, those dribblers accounted for two of the Rangers' three hits.

* Tomlin, who hails from Tyler, Texas, faced the minimum 12 batters through four innings. Six-hole hitter Mike Napoli singled to left with two outs in the second, but the designated hitter was thrown out trying to leg out a double. In the fourth, Ian Kinsler led off with a walk, but was taken out on a 6-4-3 double play from Elvis Andrus.

* In the fifth, the Rangers couldn't take advantage of Young's lead-off infield hit. Nelson Cruz hit into the second 6-4-3 double play in as many innings by a Texas batter. A walk to Napoli followed, but Moreland softly grounded out to second.

* Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera made a nice stab deep in the hole of a sharp one-hopper from Andrus to keep the lead-off man from reaching first to start the seventh inning.

* Cruz is hitless for the series. He made it 0-for-14 in the seventh inning, following up Young's 2,000th career hit with an easy ground out to third base.

* David Murphy came off the bench to pinch-hit for Endy Chavez and contributed a run-scoring single to center. It was the third consecutive hit of the inning after Napoli's lead-off walk.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182