Texas Rangers

Power from Holaday, Profar helps Rangers top Indians 7-3

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Bryan Holaday and Jurickson Profar hit home runs Tuesday night, and both scored on Ian Desmond’s double in the eighth inning that gave the Texas Rangers some breathing room in a 7-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Jurickson Profar homered in he fifth and singled in a three-run eighth as the Rangers improved to 4-1 with Profar in the lineup this season (video by Jeff Wilson).

Bryan Holaday said that any offense the catcher give the Rangers is gravy. Their first job is to handle the pitching staff (video by Jeff Wilson).

Colby Lewis tossed six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and two walks, to improve to 5-0. It was his ninth quality start of the season and the Rangers’ 35th. 

Hitting: Two of the Rangers’ eight hits against former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber were home runs, a two-run shot by Bryan Holaday in the second and a solo shot by Jurickson Profar in the fifth. ... Profar hadn’t homered since Sept. 26, 2013, a pinch-hit walk-off shot to beat the Angels. ... Jared Hoying had his second big-league hit, a single to right field, the pitch before Holaday went deep for a 2-0 lead. ... Holaday and Profar singled to start the eighth and scored on Ian Desmond’s RBI double for a 5-2 lead. Desmond has a nine-game hitting streak. ... Adrian Beltre followed to batters later with an RBI double. It was the 572nd double of his career, good for a tie for 24th all time with Ivan Rodriguez. ... Hoying singled again in the ninth, this time driving in Elvis Andrus for the first RBI of his career.

Pitching: Colby Lewis did his part, allowing only two singles and two walks in six scoreless innings. ... The singles came in the third, when Lewis got Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis with a runner in scoring position. ... The walks came in the sixth, when Lewis got Mike Napoli to bounce to third base as the potential tying run with two outs. ... Tony Barnette made things interesting in the seventh, allowing a two-run homer to Lonnie Chisenhall to make it 3-2. The runs ended Barnette’s streak of nine straight scoreless innings. ... Jake Diekman worked a scoreless eighth, but Cleveland scored once against Matt Bush in the ninth before Sam Dyson entered for his sixth save.

A diving stop by Elvis Andrus in the sixth inning Tuesday saved Colby Lewis and the Rangers from a potentially big inning by the Indians (video by Jeff Wilson).

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