In a back-and-forth game, the Indians posted three runs in the top of the ninth inning off Texas closer Neftali Feliz to steal a 10-8 victory in Arlington, Saturday night. The late-inning rally was keyed by a two-run homer from Jason Kipnis.
It’s the first time Cleveland has won back-to-back games since the opening series of the year against Houston. Cleveland took an early lead in the game, tallying six runs in the first four innings, but Danny Salazar could not survive the the fifth inning and the Rangers took a 7-6 lead.
Kipnis is possibly the hottest player in baseball during May. Since the calendar turned to May, Kipnis is 31-for-60 (.517), with 12 extra base hits and 17 runs scored. He has been a catalyst to the Indians’ offense since Michael Bourn has been demoted to the bottom of the batting order.
W: Scott Atchison (1-1)
L: Neftali Feliz (1-2)
S: Cody Allen (6)
HR: Tommy Field (2, 2nd inning off Salazar 0 on, 2 Out); Shin-Soo Choo (6, 3rd inning off Salazar 0 on, 0 Out); Robinson Chirinos (3, 8th inning off Atchison 0 on, 2 Out); Kipnis (4, 9th inning off Feliz 1 on, 2 Out)
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