ARLINGTON – It seemed like Michael Young would have to celebrate reaching 2,000 career hits with a loss.
But the Texas Rangers rallied for the second time in three nights, pulling away for a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
With the victory, the Rangers (64-51) maintained their one-game lead over the Angels in the American League West.
Texas scored all five of its runs in the eighth, overcoming a 3-0 deficit.
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The first six Rangers reached base that inning, starting with Mike Napoli drawing a walk and Mitch Moreland singling to center off Indians starter Josh Tomlin. Cleveland then brought in reliever Joe Smith, who didn’t record an out.
Yorvit Torrealba and pinch-hitter David Murphy had RBI singles, and Ian Kinsler brought in a run drawing a bases-loaded walk. The Rangers then took a 4-3 lead with a two-run single by Elvis Andrus. With Smith out and Rafael Perez in for the Indians, Josh Hamilton extended the lead to 5-3 with an RBI groundout.
And, a night after Neftali Feliz blew his sixth save of the season, Mike Adams earned his first American League save, throwing a perfect ninth.
Still, the star of the night was Young, who picked up hit No. 2,000 with an infield single in the seventh. He had an infield hit in the fifth, too.
Young became the 11th fastest player in major league history in the modern era (since 1900) to reach 2,000 hits, needing only 1,621 games to accomplish the feat.
For most of the game, though, Tomlin looked like he would steal the show. The former Texas Tech pitcher threw seven scoreless innings before running into trouble in the eighth. He ended up allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts over seven-plus innings.
Rangers starter Colby Lewis went 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
-- Drew Davison