Arlington, Texas — Aggressive baserunning by Elvis Andrus produced a comeback win for the Texas Rangers.
Andrus scored from second base on Josh Hamilton’s infield single with two outs in the 11th inning to give the Rangers an 8-7 victory over Cleveland on Friday night, denying Ubaldo Jimenez the win in his first start for the Indians.
Andrus sparked the game-ending rally with a two-out bunt single against Rafael Perez (4-2). He advanced to second on a wild pitch before Hamilton hit a soft grounder to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
Hamilton slid headfirst into first, beating Cabrera’s throw. Andrus never stopped after rounding third and beat first baseman Matt LaPorta’s one-hop throw to the plate.
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“As soon as I saw the ground ball, I was going to take my chances,” Andrus said. “When you see those chances, you have to try and score. Josh is a fast guy. I didn’t look at anybody. As soon as I saw the ball hit that way, I knew that any time (Hamilton) hits that ball he’s going to be safe.”
Neftali Feliz (1-2) tossed 1-2-3 scoreless innings for the win.
Jimenez pitched five-plus innings in his first start since he was acquired from Colorado on July 31. He was charged with five runs and seven hits, but was in line for the victory until the Rangers rallied with two outs in the ninth.
Hamilton singled off Chris Perez before Young drove a 2-0 pitch over the wall in center for a tying two-run homer. It was Perez’s third blown save in 25 chances.
“We’re getting into the last month-and-a-half, two months,” Young said of the AL West-leading Rangers. “It’s time for us to put our foot on the gas and make something happen.”
Jimenez was 6-9 with a 4.46 ERA in 21 starts for Colorado. He had to wait to make his Indians debut because he threw 45 pitches on July 30 in a one-inning outing in his final start for the Rockies.