Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Game thoughts: Rangers win series
By Josh Davis
ARLINGTON, Texas --The Rangers erased a two-run deficit on a Michael Young home run before Julio Borbon played hero to give Texas a 4-3 win Wednesday and claim the series from the Cleveland Indians.
* The Rangers jumped on Indians starter Mitch Talbot early but couldn't do a lot of damage.
Elvis Andrus led off with a double, which was followed by a Michael Young walk. David Murphy managed to beat out the throw at first to avoid a fielder's choice before Josh Hamilton drove in the Rangers' only run of the frame with a single that dribbled between the first and second basemen. The hit extended Hamilton's home hitting streak to 27 games. Talbot's defense ended the threat with a 5-4-3 double play, but Texas was up 1-0 and Talbot threw a 20-pitch first.
* Rangers starter Colby Lewis seemed strong through the first three innings, but on his first pitch of the fourth, he ran into trouble. Lewis left the pitch near the dead center of the strike zone, and Cleveland second baseman Jayson Nix lifted the ball 402 feet to tie the score, 1-1.
The right-hander also gave up a double and an RBI single to third baseman Jhonny Peralta in the top of the fourth but was bailed out by tough catches from Andrus and Blanco to escape the inning.
* In the top of the fifth, a single and a walk had Indians on first and second before an Andres Blanco fielding error allowed Cleveland center fielder Michael Brantley to score on an unearned run. The play put the Indians up by two and was Blanco's biggest miscue this week coming off the bench.
Blanco, who was 3-5 with two RBIs Tuesday, had two leaping catches Wednesday to end innings to make up for the error.
* Center fielder Julio Borbon earned his free trip home from Michael Young's fifth-inning homer (his 12th of the year). As the first batter in the frame, Borbon fired down the first base line, narrowly beating the throw to get on base. Young's 383-foot shot did the rest of the work, but the first 90 feet were good running by Borbon.
He followed that run with an RBI single that brought in Matt Treanor in the bottom of the sixth to give the Rangers a 4-3 advantage.
* Young had a chance to break the game open with the bases loaded in the seventh, but after laying off two outside sliders to go up in the count 2-0, he fouled off the next two pitches. Young hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
* Rangers relievers Alexi Ogando, Frank Francisco and Neftali Feliz went one inning apiece. They were nearly perfect over those three innings and combined for three strikeouts, one walk and no hits.
* Indians manager Manny Acta was ejected with the second-to-last batter of the game at the plate for arguing a strike call.