The Indians pitching cured that quickly.
Marlon Byrd set a franchise record with seven hits in the doubleheader to help Texas complete the two-game sweep over Cleveland on Tuesday night with a 10-5 win.
Rangers pulled within two games of Boston for the AL wild card. Texas came to Cleveland having dropped two straight to the last-place Baltimore Orioles over the weekend.
• Game 1: Rangers 11, Indians 9
"It's pretty good to get back on track and win some ballgames," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Our bats woke up a little bit today."
Texas' Chris Davis went 3 for 4 in the nightcap, including a three-run homer. Byrd raised his average 10 points in the two games to .286 while setting a club record for most hits in a doubleheader. He went 3 for 5 in the nightcap.
"It seems like this team forgets about the day before, comes out and gets it done," Byrd said. "Everyone swung the bat well. Everyone had the right approach up and down the lineup."
Indians starter Aaron Laffey (7-5) lasted just 3 1/3 innings in the nightcap, equaling the shortest start of his career. He was charged with seven runs and 12 hits.
"They knocked the ball around all day," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "We fought back in both games, but kept letting it slip away. We're going to come to play until this season is done. We didn't play particularly well, but we played our tails off."
Brandon McCarthy (7-2) started the second game and didn't allow a hit until the fourth, but tired quickly. He was making his second start after spending three months on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his right shoulder blade. McCarthy was charged with five runs in 6 1/3 innings, allowing a solo homer to Kelly Shoppach in the fifth and a two-run blast to Asdrubal Cabrera in the sixth.
"I feel good, I feel consistent, I feel I'm where I need to be," McCarthy said. "When you have a team down like that, you can't let them back up. But outside of that, everything else feels good."
The teams combined for 54 hits and nine home runs in the two games.
The official attendance for the day was 12,976.
- Indians RHP Joe Smith, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 29, is battling a sore left knee. He is hoping to return sometime next week.
- CF Michael Brantley is the second Indians player in the last 50 years to hit safely in each of his first eight games. Josh Bard hit in his first nine in 2002.
- C Lou Marson made his major league debut in the first game, going 1 for 4.