Rangers 4, Indians 3

Michael Young provided fans with another reason to fire up the

computer and vote for him for his seventh straight All-Star

berth.

Young homered, Josh Hamilton stretched his home hitting streak

to 27 games and the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on

Wednesday night.

Young came back refreshed after his first day off of the season

with a two-run homer in the fifth that drew the Rangers even at

3.

Entering Wednesday, Young was in a 4 for 25 slump, and manager

Ron Washington said Young wasn’t playing up to his All-Star

standards and needed a break.

“When you play baseball as much as these guys do sometimes one

day’s all you need,” Washington said. “I tried as hard as I could

to keep them out of the whole game because a whole day off means a

lot to a baseball player.”

Young, the Rangers’ career hit leader with 1,768, is competing

with four others for the final slot on the AL All-Star team.

“I enjoy the All-Star Game, so I’d like to go, don’t get me

wrong,” Young said. “But it also would be nice to get the three

days off.”

Hamilton extended the second-longest home hitting streak in club

history with an RBI single in the first. Al Oliver hit in 30

straight Texas home games in 1981.

Julio Borbon’s two-out single in the sixth off rookie Mitch

Talbot (8-8) put Texas ahead.

Cleveland’s Jayson Nix homered for the fourth time in three

games.

Earlier in the day, Texas team president Nolan Ryan visited a

hospital to check on a fan who fell about 30 feet from the second

deck while trying to catch a foul ball Tuesday night.

Tyler Morris, a 25-year-old firefighter, sustained a head injury

and sprained ankle but no internal injuries in the fall. Morris was

expected to be released from the hospital soon, friends said. Ryan

gave Morris the ball he missed, too.

Colby Lewis (8-5) allowed two earned runs and six hits in six

innings, striking out eight.

Alexi Ogando pitched a perfect seventh, Frank Francisco retired

the Indians in order in the eighth and Neftali Feliz got three outs

for his 23rd save in 25 chances.

“The bullpen came in and did exactly what they’ve been doing

all year. They shut it down,” Washington said.

The Rangers took two out of three from the Indians after losing

four of their previous six.

“A team like this is not going to lose too many series in a

row, with the bats we’ve got and what we’ve done on the mound,”

Lewis said.

Nix, claimed off waivers from the White Sox on June 24, batted

only .163 with a homer and five RBIs in 24 games for Chicago. He’s

been more productive in his 12 games for the Indians with five

homers and eight RBIs.

Talbot allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, losing

for the fourth time in his last five starts.

The pitch Talbot regretted was a fastball down the middle that

Young knocked into the seats.

“That was one of those pitches that got away from me and I paid

for it,” Talbot said.

Seven batters were hit by pitches in the first two games of the

series, and Texas’ Andres Blanco became the eighth when he was

struck in the leg by Talbot’s fastball in the second inning.

Indians manager Manny Acta was ejected by first base umpire Tim

Timmons with two outs in the ninth for arguing a checked-swing

call.

Acta had taken off his cap in the dugout and waved it after

Timmons called a strike on a checked-swing by Jason Donald. Timmons

immediately tossed Acta for the gesture.

Acta raced to first base to argue, and after the game he said

his young players don’t always get the benefit of the doubt from

umpires.

“It’s a shame,” Acta said. “Everybody’s talking about pace of

the game. Here I get thrown out for taking my hat off and I have to

go 150 feet (to argue) and delay the game. I know they’re human,

but I’ve been doing rebuilding jobs for four years and these kids

don’t get the benefit of the doubt.”

“They don’t get the same check-swing calls as some of the other

guys,” he said.

NOTES: Indians 1B Matt LaPorta didn’t start for the second

consecutive game after being accidentally elbowed in the head by

Elvis Andrus on Monday night. LaPorta has a bruise on his head and

a sore neck. … Rangers DH Vladimir Guerrero and 2B Ian Kinsler

got planned days off to rest, and LF Hamilton was the DH. … The

Rangers have enlisted Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten in

their efforts to send Young to the All-Star Game, with Witten

encouraging fans to vote online for Young.