Yan Gomes’ single off Alex Claudio in the 11th inning Wednesday night brought home Lonnie Chisenhall, and the Cleveland Indians avoided a three-game sweep by the Texas Rangers with a 5-4 walk-off victory.
Cole Hamels allowed three runs in seven innings, with two of the runs coming on a first-inning homer by former Rangers fan favorite and All-Star Mike Napoli.
Ryan Rua pulled the Rangers into a 3-3 tie in the seventh with a solo homer. Jackson got the first two outs of the eighth quickly, but Jose Ramirez doubled to left-center and came home on Juan Uribe’s single to center.
The Rangers, though, opened with a walk to Mitch Moreland and a single by Elvis Andrus. Pinch hitter Jared Hoying bounced into a fielder’s choice to bring home pinch runner Hanser Alberto to tie the game.
Jackson worked a scoreless ninth and allowed a leadoff walk in the 10th to Napoli, who was erased by a fielder’s choice. Claudio entered and got the final to outs to extend the game.
But Chisenhall opened the 11th with a double and scored two pitches later as Gomes chopped a single through the middle.
Hitting: The Rangers scored first for the third time in the three-game series as Jurickson Profar started with double, moved to third on a productive out by Ian Desmond and raced home on a shallow fly to left by Prince Fielder. ... Desmond pulled the Rangers even in the third by legging out the back end of a potential double play as Bobby Wilson charged home. ... Ryan Rua, who grew up just west of Cleveland, tied the game at 3-3 with his third homer of the season, and it was met with louder than normal cheers for a visiting player. ... Trailing 4-3 in the ninth, Mitch Moreland drew a leadoff walk, and pinch runner Hanser Alberto went to third as Elvis Andrus followed with a bloop single. Alberto scored as pinch hitter Jared Hoying bounced into a fielder’s choice.
Pitching: Cole Hamels stumbled early, which isn’t uncommon, and the long ball got him, also not uncommon this season. ... Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer two batters after a one-out walk to Jason Kipnis. It was the 13th homer in 11 starts for Hamels. ... He didn’t allow another hit until Rajai Davis legged out an infield chopper with two outs in the fifth. Davis then scored as Kipnis followed with a double for a 3-2 lead. ... Hamels returned for the seventh at 101 pitches, but worked around a one-out Davis single and a two-out balk for a scoreless frame. ... Hamels allowed three runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. ... Luke Jackson, pitching in his biggest situation this season, got two quick outs to open the eighth, but allowed a Jose Ramirez double and a Juan Uribe RBI single for a 4-3 lead. ... Jackson worked around a two-out walk in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. ... Alex Claudio got the last two outs of the 10th, but gave up a double and the winning single to open the 11th.