They’ll try to do it again when the teams resume their four-game series at Jacobs Field.
The Indians snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Rangers on Tuesday, winning 4-1. Cliff Lee allowed the potent Rangers just one run over 6 2-3 innings. Texas has scored a major league-high 456 runs this season.
Cleveland, which had lost three straight overall and five of its previous seven, had not defeated Texas since May 10, 2003. The Rangers outscored the Indians 63-38 during the winning streak.
Travis Hafner doubled and had two RBIs, and Ronnie Belliard knocked in two runs for the Indians, who also got a boost with the return of pitcher Bob Wickman, who made his first appearance in the majors since Aug. 10, 2002, following “Tommy John” elbow surgery.
“I waited for that for a long time,” Wickman said. “That was a huge moment out there. It really meant a lot to me.”
The 35-year-old right-hander, who allowed one hit in one inning, received a warm reception from the crowd.
“It was a great moment for him and us, too,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “He has gone through so much in the last couple years. It was a feel-good moment.”
Mark Teixeira, the reigning AL player of the week, homered and doubled for the Rangers, who have dropped four of six.