Gallo, Kiner-Falefa homer in 12th, Rangers beat Indians 8-6
Goody (0-2) recorded the final out in the 10th and stranded two runners in the 11th. The right-hander retired Nomar Mazara to start the 12th, but Gallo homered to dead center to put Texas ahead. Kiner-Falefa, who had a career-high four hits, homered into the bleachers.
Alex Claudio (1-1) pitched the final three innings.
Kela entered the game to begin the ninth in a non-save situation and loaded the bases with one out. Tyler Naquin singled and Bradley Zimmer hit into a fielder’s choice. Singles by Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis loaded the bases.
Jose Ramirez struck out on a full count before Brantley hammered an 0-2 pitch to right for his first career grand slam.
Brantley had a chance to win the game in the 11th, but grounded out to end the inning with Ramirez on second.
The Rangers bounced back from Monday’s 7-5 loss, when the Indians scored five times in their final two at-bats.
Texas reliever Jake Diekman was struck in the back by Encarnacion’s line drive in the eighth. The pitcher was on the ground briefly, but remained in the game after throwing a few warmup pitches. The ball ricocheted to first baseman Ronald Guzman, who completed the out. Diekman was removed after walking Alonso.
Doug Fister took a shutout into the seventh and was pulled after Kipnis’ two-run double. The veteran right-hander gave up Yan Gomes‘ leadoff single and committed a throwing error after fielding Naquin’s ground ball.
Fister retired the next two hitters and his error made both runs he allowed in 6 2/3 innings unearned.
Profar had an RBI double in the fifth and a two-run double in the seventh. DeShields hit a solo home run in the fifth — his first of the season — and Mazara’s two-run homer capped a four-run rally in the seventh.
Mike Clevinger allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Rangers: RHP Chris Martin (forearm cramp) was unavailable after allowing four runs in the eighth inning Monday. Manager Jeff Banister said it’s too early to know if Martin will need a trip to the disabled list.
Indians: LHP Ryan Merritt (sprained left knee) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus this week. He’s been throwing in extended spring training after being injured during the exhibition season.
Rangers LHP Matt Moore (1-3, 5.33 ERA) faces RHP Corey Kluber (4-1, 2.18 ERA) in the series finale. Moore’s last start in Cleveland occurred on May 31, 2013, and ended after one inning in a game that featured 4 hours, 49 minutes of rain delays and ended at 2:53 a.m. Kluber, who also started, pitched two innings and was pulled after a delay. The reigning AL Cy Young winner has won his last four starts.
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