The Texas Rangers ' high-powered offense is a major reason for their AL-best record and why they're a strong favorite to reach a third straight World Series.
Beltre continued his torrid stretch with a two-run homer - his 32nd - in the first inning of Wednesday's 5-2 win over Cleveland, improving his average to .396 over his last 12 games.
Hamilton added to his major league-leading totals by driving in a run in the first and homering in the third, giving him 41 homers and 121 RBIs.
Neither slugger finished the game, though. Beltre left in the fifth inning with a strained left shoulder he suffered while making a diving stop in the second, and Hamilton exited prior to the eighth with left knee soreness.
Both players will not start this game. Beltre underwent an MRI that revealed slight inflammation and is day-to-day. Hamilton received an injection for his knee and could return Friday for the Rangers, who have scored 725 runs this season - by far the most in the majors.
"Hopefully, things won't last long with those guys," manager Ron Washington said. "But we certainly can't stop the season, so we're going to play with what we've got and we're going to expect to win."
Texas (85-57) has won nine of its last 11 at home as it tries to fend of surging Oakland in the AL West, and it will look to win its seventh straight home meeting against the Indians with help from Derek Holland .
Holland (10-6, 4.59 ERA) has been solid over his last four starts, going 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA. He gave up one run and two hits while striking out a career-high 11 in eight innings against Tampa Bay on Friday, but the Rangers fell 3-1 in 11 innings."I'm very happy with the way Derek is pitching," Washington said. "I know if he continues to pitch the way he did (Friday), he'll get the results and we'll get the results."
That's certainly been the case for Texas when the left-hander takes the mound versus Cleveland. It has won each of his five career starts against the Indians, with Holland going 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA.
He gave up two runs - one earned - in 7 1-3 innings of the Rangers' 5-2, 11-inning win May 5, then allowed two runs in seven innings of an 8-3 victory Sept. 2.
Zach McAllister took the loss in Holland's most recent win over the Indians, giving up seven runs and 11 hits - including four homers - in five innings of his only career start against the Rangers.
McAllister (5-7, 4.31) dropped his third straight start Saturday, allowing two runs and walking three while throwing 87 pitches in three innings of a 3-0 loss to Minnesota."Zach just had way too many pitches in three innings," manager Manny Acta said. "He couldn't put guys away. He had 10 out of 15 hitters with two strikes and only ended up with one strikeout. In those situations, four of those guys ended up getting on base."
Shin-Soo Choo had two hits Wednesday for Cleveland (59-84), which has lost five straight and 22 of 27.
|September 09, 2012||Asdrubal Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right wrist|
|August 27, 2012||Roberto Hernandez||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained right ankle|
|August 13, 2012||Josh Tomlin||60-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 13, 2012||Jason Kipnis||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|August 06, 2012||Travis Hafner||Day-to-Day||Back soreness|
|August 06, 2012||Travis Hafner||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|September 12, 2012||Adrian Beltre||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left shoulder|
|September 09, 2012||Roy Oswalt||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right elbow|
|September 02, 2012||Ian Kinsler||Day-to-Day||Lower back stiffness|
|August 31, 2012||Tyler Tufts||15-Day DL||Surgery, perforated bowel|
|August 30, 2012||Robbie Ross||15-Day DL||Strained left forearm|
|August 28, 2012||Nelson Cruz||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left elbow|
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Jason Kipnis and the Cleveland Indians spoiled Joe Nathan 's five-month perfect run out of the bullpen.
Kipnis hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Nathan and the Indians snapped a five-game losing streak, beating the Texas Rangers 5-4 Thursday night.
Nathan (2-4) had converted a club-record 31 straight save chances before the Indians erased a 4-2 deficit in the ninth. The right-hander's only other blown save this season came April 11 against Seattle.
"It's special any time you do it," Kipnis said. "You're in the big leagues. Everybody is a big name here."
Ezequiel Carrera homered leading off the ninth. Pinch-hitter Russ Canzler singled to bring up Kipnis.
The Cleveland second baseman lined a 1-0 pitch several rows deep into the seats in right.
After Kipnis' drive, Carlos Santana doubled to chase Nathan without him recording an out.
"I know my location was off," Nathan said of his pitch to Kipnis. "It was supposed to be down and away and I yanked one."
The Rangers remained three games ahead of Oakland in the AL West after the Athletics lost to the Los Angeles Angels .
Scott Maine (1-0) got the final two outs in the eighth in his third appearance with the Indians this season. Chris Perez pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 40 tries, helping Cleveland avoid a three-game sweep.
"It was a great team win," Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta said.
The Rangers scored twice to take a 4-2 lead in the eighth with the help of two errors.
Elvis Andrus reached on shortstop Brent Lillibridge 's second throwing error of the game and scored when third baseman Jack Hannahan couldn't handle Nelson Cruz 's grounder. Michael Young added an RBI single that gave the Rangers a two-run lead.
The Indians overcame three errors that lead to three unearned runs.
"We tried to give it away," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "We didn't play very good defense. That was a great comeback against a guy like Joe Nathan ."
Texas slugger Josh Hamilton , who leads the majors with 41 home runs and 121 RBIs, missed the game with soreness in his left knee. Rookie Leonys Martin started in Hamilton's place.
Hamilton left Wednesday night in the eighth inning and received an injection after the game. Texas manager Ron Washington said he doesn't think it's a serious injury and Hamilton is expected to be back in the lineup Friday.
Adrian Beltre got two hits as the designated hitter, a day after leaving early with a left shoulder injury. Beltre was not in the original lineup before he convinced Washington that he was healthy enough to play.
LaPorta had three hits, including a two-run homer for the Indians, who are just 16-43 since the All-Star break.
The Indians completed a 10-game road trip with a 4-6 record.
"In the second half we've been struggling," Kipnis said. "To end a road trip with a win in the last game takes a lot of the pressure off. It's better than going back with our shoulders down and wondering why we lost another one."
Cleveland starter Zach McAllister allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. The right-hander gave up seven runs over five innings in his previous start against the Rangers on Sept. 2.
Texas starter Derek Holland allowed seven hits and two runs. The Ohio native struck out seven and hasn't lost since July 31.
Beltre singled with one out in the fourth, Cruz doubled and Young followed with an RBI single. Cruz scored on Lillibridge's throwing error.
Vinny Rottino singled leading off the sixth and he came home on LaPorta's shot that made it 2-all. It was LaPorta's first home run of the season.
NOTES: Acta said LHP David Huff will move into the starting rotation. Huff has pitched six scoreless innings in relief since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Sept. 4. He will take the place of Jeanmar Gomez , who is 5-8 with a 5.61 ERA. ... The Rangers reached 3 million in home attendance for the first time in club history. The crowd of 36,102 increased their season total to 3,003,143. Texas still has 10 home games remaining. ... Cleveland CF Michael Brantley (sore left pectoral muscle) was scratched from the lineup after taking batting practice, and SS Asdrubal Cabrera did not start for a fourth straight game with a sore right wrist. Cabrera, who entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth, will be examined when the team returns to Cleveland on Friday.