ARLINGTON -- Derek Holland wasn't at his worst, because it would be awfully difficult for the left-hander to sink lower than he had just more than a month ago against Florida.
Elvis Andrus remains an asset at shortstop, even though his 22nd error of the season opened the door to two runs that looked like they would be the difference Friday night.
In the end, though, slips from Holland and Andrus were wiped away by one swing of Michael Young's bat, Andrus' legs and 91/3 innings of terrific relief by the revamped Rangers bullpen.
Young's two-out, two-run homer in the ninth tied the game, and Andrus scored from second base on a two-out infield hit by Josh Hamilton in the 11th as the Rangers stormed back from five runs down to beat Cleveland 8-7.
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Five Rangers relievers allowed only one run in relief of Holland, who suffered his second-shortest outing of the season. Neftali Feliz (1-2) induced two double-play grounders in the 10th and 11th to keep the Rangers in position for their biggest comeback of the season.
The homer by Young just cleared the wall in center field and gave him 1,997 hits for his career. Already the Rangers' all-time hits leader, Young could surpass 2,000 this weekend.
But the Rangers, down 7-5, looked done in the ninth after the first two hitters went quickly against All-Star closer Chris Perez. Hamilton, though, singled to extend the game, and Young ensured extra innings with his 10th homer of the season.
After the Rangers generated nothing in the 10th, Andrus legged out a bunt hit with two outs in the 11th and went to second on a wild pitch by Rafael Perez.
Hamilton followed with a weak grounder to shortstop but beat out a hit. Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta didn't react soon enough as Andrus never broke stride and slid home safely with the winning run.
The rally was made possible by the bullpen, which allowed only one run after being called upon in the second inning.
"Tonight was about that bullpen keeping us right there," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It could have gotten way out of hand, but they came in and they shut it down and they gave us a chance."
First up was Scott Feldman, who allowed a run in 31/3 innings of relief but had to leave before the start of the sixth with a blister on his right thumb. Yoshinori Tateyama, Mark Lowe, Mike Adams and Feliz allowed just five hits over the final six innings.
The bullpen gave the Rangers a chance after Holland couldn't only six days removed from his fourth shutout of the season.
The left-hander allowed consecutive one-out singles in the first before Carlos Santana unloaded for a three-run homer.
Cleveland had scored once in the second when Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grounder to Andrus that should have ended the inning. Andrus, though, booted it, and Santana followed with a two-run double.
Instead of getting out of the inning, Holland was getting the hook after recording only five outs and was losing 6-1.
Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez wasn't very effective in his debut for the Indians. The Rangers tagged him for three runs on six hits over the first three innings.
Jimenez dominated in the fourth and fifth, but Mike Napoli ended a streak of seven straight outs by leading off the sixth with a solo homer. Mitch Moreland, who had driven in Napoli with a double in the third, walked to end Jimenez's night and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Endy Chavez.
At 7-5, the Rangers were back in it.
"We played our butts off tonight," Washington said. "We never stopped fighting and got the one that made the difference."