Rangers 8, Indians 4

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CLEVELAND – Michael Young and Phil Nevin each drove in two runs during Texas’ six-run seventh inning as the Rangers rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-4.

After Young’s single tied the score, Mark Teixeira doubled home the go-ahead run against Jason Davis (1-1), who came on with two on and none out and failed to protect a 4-2 lead.

Vicente Padilla (3-1) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings for the win. C.J. Wilson worked a scoreless seventh, Antonio Alfonseca got out of bases-loaded jam in the eighth and Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth.

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.

Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook entered the seventh with a 4-1 lead, but yielded three straight singles, the last by Brad Wilkerson driving in a run to make it 4-2.

Davis came on and got two quick outs before walking Matthews to load the bases. 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.

Padilla walked two and struck out five.

Westbrook also gave up six hits and four runs in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Grady Sizemore tripled and scored on Travis Hafner’s two-out single in the first and Jhonny Peralta’s RBI single in the third gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead.

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 Blake that made it 3-0.

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 lead.

Notes: 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.

AP-ES-04-30-06 2329EDT

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