The Cleveland Indians ' starting pitching finally stepped up to help the club end a woeful stretch. To stay on the right track, they'll look for a similar performance from Ubaldo Jimenez on Wednesday night on the road against the Texas Rangers .
Corey Kluber answered the call Tuesday, firing eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-2 win, snapping Cleveland's eight-game slide as well as a 12-game road losing streak. The club's starters posted a 7.59 ERA during the eight-game skid.
"It really wasn't any different than another game," said Kluber, who attended Coppell High School less than 25 miles away from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. "I've seen, I couldn't tell you how many games here. I've thrown here in college summer league. ... It really didn't feel any different."
Mark Reynolds went 2 for 4 with the go-ahead RBI single in the fourth, while Nick Swisher drove in a run. Swisher had been hitless in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position over his last 10 games, but has hit safely in 17 of 18 against the Rangers (38-26) with 14 RBIs.
"It's good to get back in the 'W' column," Reynolds said. "We can stop worrying about it now and just relax and play ball."
For a second straight win, Cleveland (31-33) will need Jimenez (4-4, 5.03 ERA) to bounce back from a rocky start at Detroit on Friday. He needed 85 pitches to get through three-plus innings - his second-shortest start of the year - while getting charged with five runs, seven hits and three walks in a 7-5 loss.
Jimenez had been 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA over his last seven starts.
"In the first inning, I felt really good," said Jimenez, who is 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA in four starts versus Texas, walking 15 over 22 2-3 innings. "In the second inning, everything was going the other way. I threw too many pitches in that inning and after that, I was kind of fatigued."
Also looking for a better outing for the Rangers will be Nick Tepesch (3-5, 3.92). He limited Toronto to one run for five innings on Friday, then gave up four in the sixth as well as another in the seventh, leading to a 6-1 loss. The six earned runs were a season high for the right-hander.
"For five innings there he was moving his ball around and keeping it down, staying off the fat part of the zone," manager Ron Washington said. "That one inning they just got him."
Cleveland could prove to be a timely opponent for Tepesch, as the Indians are 15-26 in games in which they've faced a rookie starter since the beginning of last season.
Elvis Andrus has hit safely in all 34 career games versus Cleveland, batting .379. It's the longest hitting streak against one team by a Texas player.
Carlos Santana , who was 1 for 3 Tuesday, is 22 for 64 (.344) with a .656 slugging percentage and 16 RBIs over his last 17 games against Texas.
|June 04, 2013||Asdrubal Cabrera||15-Day DL||Right quadriceps strain|
|June 03, 2013||Zach McAllister||15-Day DL||Sprained right middle finger|
|June 03, 2013||Asdrubal Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right quad|
|May 30, 2013||Ryan Raburn||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower right leg cramp|
|May 27, 2013||Chris Perez||15-Day DL||Right shoulder soreness|
|May 26, 2013||Chris Perez||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right shoulder discomfort|
|June 07, 2013||Nelson Cruz||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 07, 2013||Michael Kirkman||15-Day DL||Cutaneous lymphoma in right triceps|
|June 06, 2013||Alexi Ogando||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 06, 2013||Mitch Moreland||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|June 05, 2013||Mitch Moreland||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left hamstring|
|June 01, 2013||Adrian Beltre||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hamstring tightness|
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Jason Kipnis and the Cleveland Indians felt a lot better heading home for a day off after what was still a miserable trip overall.
Kipnis had a home run among his three hits, and the Indians got a series-clinching 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, a night after ending an eight-game losing streak.
"Definitely a good way to end this trip that did not start the way we wanted it to," Kipnis said. "It takes a little pressure off. You get a happy flight home, you get a day off, you get a little momentum on your side, you get to go home for a long homestand. I think everybody is ready to go home even more so now."
The Indians hit the road after an 11-3 loss at home to Tampa Bay on June 2. They were then swept in three-game series at the New York Yankees and Detroit before losing the opener at Texas.
Now they get a day off Thursday before playing Washington on Friday to start a nine-game homestand.
"We went through a pretty bad stretch there," manager Terry Francona said. "We played well tonight, and we'll have a much-needed day off."
Mike Aviles also homered for Cleveland (32-33) which also won 5-2 on Tuesday after losing the series opener 6-3. The Indians get a day off before starting a nine-game homestand Friday against Washington.
The Indians had lost 12 games in a row away from home before winning the last two against Texas. They had gone 0-4-1 in road series since taking two of three May 10-12 in an early series at Detroit, the only American League team with a better home record than the Rangers (19-10).
Ubaldo Jimenez (5-4) allowed one run pitching into the sixth, and five relievers finished it out for the Indians.
Rangers rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-6) gave up five runs in five innings with five strikeouts.
"It's just when he got the ball out over the plate, they were putting some good swings on it, not missing," manager Ron Washington said. " I thought he was sinking the ball extremely well, but when it didn't sink, they put some good swings on it. `'
The Indians went ahead to stay with two outs in the second when Jason Giambi was hit by a pitch and Aviles homered, his fourth this season, for a 2-0 lead.
An inning later, Michael Bourn had a leadoff infield hit and scored on Michael Brantley 's single.
Leonys Martin scored both runs for Texas. He led off the third with his third homer, and reached on an infield single in the ninth before scoring on Jurickson's Profar's double.
Jimenez, who had four strikeouts and four walks, was gone after Lance Berkman walked and Adrian Beltre singled to start the sixth. Reliever Rich Hill retired the only batter he faced before Bryan Shaw got the last two outs of the inning.
"Like we expect," Francona said of the relievers.
Kipnis, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, hit his ninth homer on the first pitch of the fifth. Brantley then walked with one out and scored on a double by Carlos Santana to make it 5-1.
After a flyout in his first at-bat, Kipnis singled in the third. He had a hustling double in the seventh, when he hit the ball to left and slid headfirst into second to beat a strong throw by David Murphy , who had already thrown out one base runner.
In the ninth, Kipnis reached on a strange double-play fielder's choice. Runners on first and second base both froze when shortstop Jurickson Profar couldn't quite come up with a short-hopper. Profar threw to third for the force, and Adrian Beltre held the ball momentarily before realizing there was still a play to be made at second.
Bourn also started the game with a single, but ended the first when he was thrown out trying to score on Brantley's two-out hit. Murphy threw a strike to catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who held on through the collision at the plate. It was Murphy's third outfield assistant his last eight games.
Notes: Vinnie Pestano pitched the ninth for Cleveland, and needed 15 pitches to get out leadoff hitter Jeff Baker on a disputed play at first base. ... Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler , out since May 18 because of bruised ribs and then a stress reaction in the same area on his right side, is scheduled to start a rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Frisco. He will DH the first game, then play at least two games in the field. ... Cleveland pulled C Lou Marson from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus because of continued soreness in his right throwing shoulder. ... Texas LHP Michael Kirkman (recurrence of lymphoma) was transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list. ... The Rangers have signed their top 10 picks from last week's drafter after coming to a deal with their third-round draft pick, RHP David Ledbetter.