"We have a lot of guys capable of doing the job," Rangers
manager Buck Showalter said after his team batted around and got
six hits in the decisive rally.
After Young's single tied the score, Mark Teixeira doubled home
the go-ahead run against Davis (1-1), who came on with two on and
none out and failed to protect a 4-2 lead.
"Davis throws hard, but it's all about location," Teixeira
said. "He probably missed his spots a couple of times there."
Vicente Padilla (3-1) allowed four runs and six hits in six
innings as the Rangers won for the seventh time in 10 games. C.J.
Wilson worked a scoreless seventh, Antonio Alfonseca got out of
bases-loaded jam in the eighth and Joaquin Benoit pitched the
Kevin Mench had two singles, extending his career-high hitting
streak to 14 games for Texas. Mench, whose home-run streak was
stopped at seven games Saturday, failed to drive in a run for the
first time in 10 games. The Rangers' record is 11 in a row by Larry
Parrish in 1987.
Gary Matthews Jr. hit a solo homer in the ninth, his second of
the season for the Rangers' final run.
Victor Martinez had a career-high three doubles, extending his
streak of reaching base safely to 40 games since Sept. 17, but
Cleveland lost its second straight. The Indians still completed
April with a winning record (13-12) for the first time since Eric
Wedge took over as manager in 2003.
"It's something we take as a positive, but by no means are we
satisfied," Wedge said. "We haven't come close to playing our
Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook entered the seventh with a 4-1
lead, but gave up three straight singles -- the last by Brad
Wilkerson driving in a run to make it 4-2.
"I felt strong, but elevated a couple pitches that got hit,"
Westbrook said. "That's the difference between a good pitcher and
a great one -- the ability to fight through the late innings and
finish it off."
Davis came on and got two quick outs before walking Matthews to
load the bases.
"He had the guy 0-and-2 and walked him, then it fell apart,"
Wedge said. "J.D. was close, but he has to be able to get that
Young followed with a two-run single to tie it and Teixeira
doubled to right-center, scoring Matthews for a 5-4 lead. Nevin
then doubled home two more runs before Scott Sauerbeck came on to
record the final out.
"It isn't easy coming into that situation because you want to
come in and maybe do more than you can," said Davis, in his first
season as a reliever. "I've got to figure out what happened and
Martinez opened the fourth with a ground-rule double. Padilla
eventually loaded the bases by hitting Ben Broussard on the right
knee with a pitch and walking Ramon Vazquez, but gave up only one
run -- on a fielder's choice grounder by Casey Blake that made it
Hank Blalock singled to open the Texas fifth and later scored on
a grounder to make it 3-1.
Martinez opened the sixth with a double and scored on
Broussard's line single to right to restore Cleveland's three-run
Broussard left in the seventh with a bruise on the right
knee. ... Texas 2B Mark DeRosa singled in his first at-bat in the
third. He had been on the disabled list since April 15 with a
sprained left knee. ... Indians LF Jason Michaels was a late
scratch with flu-like symptoms and replaced by Todd Hollandsworth.
... Mench is batting .393 (22-for-56) with seven homers and 22 RBI
during his hitting streak. ... Rangers starters are 4-0 over the
last 13 games.<