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Indians rally past Rangers in 8th inning

By PAUL HOYNES • Updated May 1, 2018 at 1:54 AM

CLEVELAND — The Indians, in a game where leads were hard to come by, owned two and lost two before reaching a final decision Monday night at Progressive Field.

The Indians decided it with four runs in the eighth inning to beat Texas, 7-5, but it proved to be quite a ride. A ride that lasted 3 hours and 56 minutes.

Texas took a 4-3 lead in the eighth with two runs off Tyler Olson on consecutive doubles by Jurickson Profar and Nomar Mazara. The Indians came back with four in their half of the eighth to win it.

Rajai Davis and Bradley Zimmer started the rally off Chris Martin with singles. Davis stole third and scored on Francisco Lindor's single off Martin's glove to make it 4-4. After Jason Kipnis flied out to right, Jose Ramirez lined a double off the top of the right field wall for a 5-4 lead.

Yonder Alonso, after Martin left with an injury, finished the scoring with a two-run single to give him 20 RBI for the season.

How badly do the Indians miss injured set-up man Andrew Miller? Closer Cody Allen needed 41 pitches to get through 1 1/3 innings after relieving Olson . And he didn't get the save.

No, Allen got the win and lefty Jeff Beliveau earned his first save since September of 2014 when he pitched for the Rays.

The Indians started taking and losing leads in the fifth.

Zimmer walked with one out and Lindor singled him to second. Kipnis, in an 0-for-10 skid and hitting .145 (8-for-55) at home, doubled to the base of the wall in center field. Zimmer went back to second to tag and it nearly cost the Indians a run.

When the ball cleared Delino DeShields' head in center field, Zimmer had Lindor running up his back between second and third. Zimmer slid home as the throw arrived at just about the same time. Plate umpire Gerry Davis called Zimmer safe, but catcher Robinson Chirinos did a nice job slapping the tag on him as he slid past.

The Rangers challenged the safe call. The review lasted 2:48, but the call on the field stood for a 2-1 lead.

The game seemed to belong to Trevor Bauer at that point. He carried the 2-1 lead into the seventh, but lost it on his 122nd and final pitch of the game. Chirinos, with two out, lined a 2-1 pitch over the right field wall to tie the score, 2-2. Tyler Olson relieved to end the inning.

In 6 2/3 innings, Bauer struck out 11, walked three and allowed two runs. The 122 pitches were the most Bauer has thrown since he threw 125 against Toronto on May 8, 2017. In his last three starts, Bauer has thrown 116, 111 and 122 pitches.

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. After Shin-Soo Choo and Profar singled to start the inning, they advanced on Mazara's fly ball to the track in left field. Choo scored on a ground ball to second by Joey Gallo.

The Indians tied the score in the bottom of the fourth when Ramirez scored from second on an error by second baseman Drew Robinson. Brandon Guyer, with Ramirez on second and Yan Gomes on first, hit a grounder to third with one out.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa fielded the ball and threw to Robinson at second. When Robinson came off the bag, he dropped the ball as Ramirez scored. Gomes was originally called safe at second, but the Rangers challenged. After a review of 2:17, the call was overturned and Gomes was called out.

Texas left-hander Cole Hamels allowed two runs, one earned, in five innings. He struck out eight and walked three.

What it means

Elvis Andrus missed his first game ever at Progressive Field on Monday night and the Indians are not complaining. The Ranger shortstop appeared in 35 games at Progressive Field since he made his big league debut in 2009. In that time, he hit .415 (56-for-135), the highest average in the history of the facility for players with a minimum of 120 plate appearances.

The pitches

Bauer threw 122 pitches, 76 (62 percent) for strikes. Hamels threw 104 pitches, 64 (62 percent) for strikes.

Thanks for coming

The Rangers and Indians drew 12,851 to Progressive Field on Monday night. First pitch was at 6:10 with a temperature of 59 degrees.

Up next

Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger (2-0, 2.56) will face the Rangers and right-hander Doug Fister (1-2, 3.93) at 6:10 p.m. tonight. SportsTime Ohio and WLKR/FM 95.3 will carry the game.

Clevinger is coming off a no decision against the Mariners in which he allowed four runs in six innings. In three appearances, covering nine inning, Clevinger has allowed one earned run against the Rangers.

Fister is 7-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 19 starts against the Tribe. Right-handers are hitting .372 (16-for-43) with two homers against him.

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