Rangers 11, Indians 2

It was easy to see why Texas manager Ron Washington was in a

good mood Friday night.

The Rangers’ 11-2 win over the Cleveland Indians was a team

effort from top to bottom.

Alexi Ogando won his sixth game without a loss and Josh Hamilton

and Nelson Cruz homered in a five-run seventh inning, sparking the

Rangers to their ninth win in 12 games. The defending AL champions,

who pounded out 19 hits, are 14-8 since May 10.

”I like what Ogando did,” Washington said. ”I like what our

offense did. We had balance throughout the lineup and we made all

the defensive plays.”

The victory continued the Rangers’ dominance of the Indians over

the last three seasons. Texas has beaten Cleveland 14 times in the

last 17 games between the teams and has won nine of 10 at

Progressive Field, including the first two games of this

series.

”It’s one of those baseball things,” Washington said. ”The

past couple of years they’ve been young. Now those kids are

becoming stars. The past two nights we’ve played some good

baseball. I just hope we can continue it because at any moment they

can rise up.”

The Indians have the best record in the American League, but are

13-14 since May 3 and have lost four straight at home. Despite the

fact his team has lost seven of 10, Indians manager Manny Acta

isn’t ready to panic.

”I feel good,” he said. ”We’re going through a rough spot

like everybody else. I’m very thankful we still haven’t gone

through one of those long stretches like everyone else, and we want

to keep it that way.”

Ogando (6-0) held the Indians to one run and four hits in eight

innings. He has allowed two runs or fewer in nine of his 11 starts

while pitching at least six innings in each outing. Washington gave

his endorsement for the right-hander to be in next month’s All-Star

game. Considering Washington will manage the American League team,

one has to like Ogando’s chances.

”To be there would be a dream,” said Ogando. ”It makes me

feel good for my manager to say that.”

Texas took a 2-1 lead into the seventh before putting the game

away with home runs off reliever Tony Sipp. Hamilton hit a

three-run drive on an 0-2 pitch. After Adrian Beltre’s flyball fell

between outfielders Michael Brantley and Shin-Soo Choo for a

double, Cruz homered on Sipp’s next pitch.

The Rangers have managed to stay in first place in the AL West

despite the fact Hamilton and Cruz have both missed time with

injuries. Texas is 17-5 in games that both have played.

”I don’t know if it takes pressure off guys,” said Hamilton,

the AL MVP. ”It seems to flow a little better.”

Elvis Andrus, who had four hits, added a three-run double in the

eighth.

Justin Masterson (5-4) allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings,

dropping his fourth straight decision. He hasn’t won since April

26.

Cleveland’s best chance against Ogando came in the sixth when

singles by Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera put runners at first and

third to start the inning. Ogando then got Choo to hit into a

double play, with Brantley scoring, and struck out Carlos Santana

to end the inning.

Cabrera hit a solo home run in the ninth.

Endy Chavez, who was 4 for 4 on Thursday, had an RBI double in

the second while Michael Young drove in a third-inning run with a

fielder’s choice.

Masterson retired the first batter in the seventh, but was

removed after Ian Kinsler walked and Andrus singled. Sipp was

called on to face Hamilton, who was batting .179 against

left-handers, but that strategy failed. Hamilton’s line drive

cleared the wall in right near the Rangers’ bullpen.

”He missed his spot,” Hamilton said. ”He was trying to go

away with his fastball. He got it up and in.”

Following Beltre’s gift double, Cruz drove his home run deep

into the seats in right-center.

Cleveland third baseman Jack Hannahan was a late scratch from

the lineup because of a sore left hamstring. He was replaced by

Adam Everett.

NOTES: OF Julio Borbon was activated from the disabled list and

optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. He had been out since mid-May with

a strained hamstring. … The Rangers’ 7-4 victory on Thursday was

the first time they have rallied from a three-run deficit to win a

game this season. … RHP Alex White (sore middle finger) has been

sent to extended spring training to begin a rehab program. He’s

expected to miss about 10 more weeks. … 1B Nick Johnson, signed

by the Indians to a minor league contract in February, has been

activated from extended spring training and joined Double-A Akron.

Johnson had wrist surgery last season.