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Michael Brantley blasts a 12th-inning bomb, lifting Cleveland over Texas

Associated Press Published: August 4, 2014 4:00 AM
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CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley homered to lead off the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Brantley belted a 3-2 pitch from Phil Klein (0-1) into Texas' bullpen in right field and was mobbed by his teammates when he reached home plate after the Indians' seventh win of the season on a game-ending hit.

The Indians, who were 2-51 when trailing after eight innings, tied the game in the ninth on David Murphy's two-run homer with one out off of Neftali Feliz.

Scott Atchison (5-0) retired the final batter in the 12th.

The win gave the Indians (56-55) a three-game sweep and moved them over .500 for the first time since July 23 as they try to stay in playoff contention.

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Texas has lost six straight on the road and has dropped 19-of-22 away from home. The Rangers (43-68) have the worst record in baseball.

Yu Darvish allowed one in seven innings, but saw an opportunity for his 11th win go down the drain. The All-Star right-hander held the Indians to four hits and struck out eight.

Feliz retired Lonnie Chisenhall to begin the ninth, but pinch-hitter Chris Dickerson walked. Murphy, who had a big series against his former team, hit the first pitch to right field.

Murphy had an RBI double in the second and was 4-for-4 with two RBI Friday.

Neal Cotts pitched a perfect eighth before Feliz, who took over the closer's role when Texas traded Joakim Soria to Detroit, blew his first save in four chances.

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The Rangers didn't produce much offense, but it appeared to be enough with Darvish on the mound. Alex Rios drove in a run with a first-inning single while sacrifice flies by Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo added two in the second.

Trevor Bauer allowed three runs in a career-high 7 1/3 innings for Cleveland.

Elvis Andrus, continuing his torrid hitting against the Indians, blooped a double to left in the first and scored on Rios' hit.

Andrus extended his Progressive Field-record hitting streak to 25 games and has at least one hit in 43 of his 44 career contests against Cleveland.


Rangers: Left-hander Derek Holland, who has yet to pitch this season because of surgery on his left knee, will make his second minor league rehab start Monday at Triple-A Round Rock. He pitched two scoreless innings for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.

Indians: Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher was removed from the game in the ninth inning due to a sore right wrist. Swisher, who is batting .212, had struck out in all three of his plate appearances before Dickerson hit for him.


Rangers: RHP Nick Martinez (1-7) will start the opener of a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox on Monday night. He allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Yankees in his last start. RHP Hector Noesi (5-8) will start for Chicago.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (11-6), coming off his first career complete game shutout, will start the opener of a two-game interleague series against Cincinnati at Progressive Field on Monday night. RHP Alfredo Simon (12-6) will start for the Reds.

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