ARLINGTON, Texas -- Lance Berkman put the Rangers ahead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to help Texas open an 11-game homestand with a 6-3 victory over the slumping Cleveland Indians.
Berkman snaps tie: Berkman, who hadn't homered since May 14, snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-run shot to left field. It was his third home run since April 24, and only his second and third RBIs since May 24. Berkman's homer made up for a poor baserunning moment right before his at-bat. With runners at first and third and no outs, David Murphy bounced into a fielder's choice. Elvis Andrus then got caught in a rundown between first and second and Indians shortstop Mike Aviles was able to throw to third base to catch Jurickson Profar off the base for the second out.
Rangers expand AL West lead: With the Oakland A's off on Monday, the Rangers moved a full game ahead of their division rivals in the American League West. The A's come to Texas for a four-game series starting on Monday.
Home Run Baker: He did it again. First baseman Jeff Baker hit his ninth home run, a two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game 3-3. It gave Baker nine homers in 77 at-bats. That's one every 8.6 at-bats, or one every other game he plays in. That's pretty good.
Pierzynski stays hot: Catcher A.J. Pierzynski extended his hitting streak to five games with a single to left field in the second inning. He scored on Craig Gentry's RBI single. Pierzynski had two more hits, making him 19-for-46 in his past 13 games.
Lindblom gets it done: Josh Lindblom gave up several line drives, some of them for hits, but he did what the Rangers asked of him: getting them through six innings and keeping them in the game. Lindblom allowed five hits, one of them a three-run double to Indians first baseman Carlos Santana to put the Rangers behind 3-1. But at 64 pitches through three innings, Lindblom turned his night around, retiring 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. He walked Jason Giambi to lead off the sixth inning, then struck out the side, half of his six strikeouts.
Up next: The Rangers will send left-hander Derek Holland (5-2, 2.82) to the mound against right-hander Corey Kluber (3-4, 4.56) at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM. On Wednesday, Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-5, 3.92) faces Indians right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4, 5.03) also at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.