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Indians stop Rangers 2-0


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CLEVELAND (AP) A night after flexing their muscles, the Cleveland Indians used a different tactic to beat the Texas Rangers.

While the offense was limited to run-scoring singles by Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher in the sixth inning, five pitchers combined on a five-hitter for a 2-0 victory on Saturday night.

''We got a couple of big hits and we were able to piece it together,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Scott Atchison (4-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings and worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the sixth.

Cody Allen worked a shaky ninth for his 14th save. J.P. Arencibia drew a leadoff walk and Leonys Martin singled, but Allen regrouped. Pinch-hitter Jim Adduci struck out and Rougned Odor fouled out before Daniel Robertson struck out to end the 24-pitch inning.

''Luckily, I was able to make some pitches to get out of it,'' Allen said. ''You're going to get in jams. You're facing very good hitters who are going to beat you. It's just part of being a closer.''

The win moved the Indians (55-55) back to .500 while the Rangers have dropped 18 of 21 away from home and are the worst team in the majors (43-67).

The Indians pounded out 16 hits in a 12-2 win Friday, but couldn't do anything with Texas starter Miles Mikolas, who went into the game with an 8.54 ERA, through five innings.

That finally changed in the sixth. Jason Kipnis started the rally with a single, took second on a sacrifice and went to third on a groundout. The Rangers elected to walk Carlos Santana intentionally on a 2-0 count, but Chisenhall foiled that strategy by dropping a single into center field on the first pitch.

Swisher lined a single to right for a two-run lead.

''Lonnie found some outfield grass and Swish got the hit,'' Francona said.

''He tried to get in on Chiz and he jammed him, but there was just enough there for him to hit,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''That was a tough break for Miles.''

T.J. House, called up from the minors before the game, pitched five scoreless innings for Cleveland.

House, who struck out seven and allowed three hits, was pulled in the sixth when Elvis Andrus drew a leadoff walk and took second on Alex Rios' infield hit. Atchison retired Adrian Beltre on a groundout that moved both runners into scoring position.

Andrus was tagged out in a rundown trying to score on Arencibia's grounder. Martin struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

Mikolas (1-4) allowed two runs in seven innings.

BIG FAN

Francona led his players and coaching staff to the pregame ceremony in which the Indians unveiled a statue of Jim Thome. As an opposing manager, Francona always respected Thome's power. ''If you go to a game, you don't really want to go get something to eat when he's hitting,'' Francona said. His strategy to stop Thome seldom worked. ''When he walked to the plate I'd gave him the bunt sign,'' Francona said. ''He'd always smile and hit one in the upper deck.''

TAKE IT INSIDE

The plan for Indians outfielder Michael Bourn (strained left hamstring) to run the bases was scrubbed by an afternoon thunderstorm. So he was sent across the street to Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cleveland Gladiators were hosting an Arena League playoff game. Bases were set up on the carpeted playing surface and Bourn was able to get in his work before the football game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Catcher Geovany Soto (strained right groin) was scheduled to catch seven innings Saturday on his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock. He went 1 for 2 with a walk Friday in his debut with the Express. Soto has only played in three major league games this season after undergoing right knee surgery in late March.

Indians: Outfielder Chris Dickerson missed his second straight game with a sore left knee, but Francona said he will probably be able to play Sunday. Dickerson left Thursday's game when he made an awkward attempt to catch a fly ball that fell for a double.

ON DECK

Rangers: Right-hander Yu Darvish (10-6) will start the finale of the three-game series on Sunday. Darvish's 1.24 ERA in day games is the second-lowest in the AL, while his 2.90 season ERA ranks ninth.

Indians: Right-hander Trevor Bauer (4-5) starts for Cleveland. He faced Texas for the first time in his career on June 6, allowing four earned runs in 6 1-3 innings and taking the loss.

 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

N. Swisher
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Texas

E. Andrus
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Shin-Soo Choo, DH4000032.237.347.356
Elvis Andrus, SS3010101.270.320.345
Alex Rios, RF4010012.300.330.423
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000001.323.370.511
J.P. Arencibia, 1B3010110.186.242.389
   Adam Rosales, PR0000000.280.357.440
Leonys Martin, CF4010023.259.316.365
Chris Gimenez, C3000011.262.327.359
   a-Jim Adduci, PH1000012.260.333.320
Rougned Odor, 2B4000013.252.290.372
Daniel Robertson, LF3010112.278.316.311
Miles Mikolas, P0000000.000.000.000
   Roman Mendez, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals33050311    
a-struck out for Gimenez in the 9th
Batting
Team LOB - 9
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miles Mikolas (L,1-4) 7522260 7.29
Roman Mendez 1000100 1.38
IBB - Santana by Miles Mikolas
WP - Roman Mendez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Miles Mikolas 100-70, Roman Mendez 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miles Mikolas 8-7, Roman Mendez 1-2
Batters Faced - Miles Mikolas 28, Roman Mendez 4
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jason Kipnis, 2B4110020.243.322.354
Mike Aviles, LF3000000.258.287.335
Michael Brantley, CF4020001.322.383.508
Carlos Santana, 1B2100202.234.374.448
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4011002.308.373.476
Nick Swisher, DH2011111.213.285.342
David Murphy, RF3000003.257.317.373
Jose Ramirez, SS3000011.176.208.196
Roberto Perez, C3000020.227.261.409
T.J. House, P0000000.000.000.000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000.000.000.000
   Nick Hagadone, P0000000.000.000.000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cody Allen, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2825236    
Batting
SH - Mike Aviles (8)
RBI - Lonnie Chisenhall (43), Nick Swisher (42)
2-OUT RBI - Lonnie Chisenhall (16), Nick Swisher (19)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - T.J. House (2, Throwing), Jason Kipnis (5, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
T.J. House 5300270 4.09
Scott Atchison (W,4-0) 1.2100010 2.77
Nick Hagadone (H,1) 0.1000010 2.38
Bryan Shaw (H,14) 1000000 2.88
Cody Allen (S,14) 1100120 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - T.J. House 97-67, Scott Atchison 21-14, Nick Hagadone 4-3, Bryan Shaw 15-9, Cody Allen 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T.J. House 8-1, Scott Atchison 3-1, Bryan Shaw 3-0
Batters Faced - T.J. House 21, Scott Atchison 6, Nick Hagadone 1, Bryan Shaw 3, Cody Allen 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28285
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jim Joyce