CLEVELAND (AP)—Rod Barajas was able to block out the late hour and the late inning.
Barajas, who also homered in the third, drove a 1-1 pitch from Rick White (2-1) into the Indians’ center-field bullpen for his seventh homer and first career multihomer game.
“I wasn’t thinking about hitting a homer,” the Rangers’ catcher said. “In that situation, you can’t worry about what inning it is or how tired you might be. You just have to keep battling and try to get something going.”
Or in this case, end a game that finished just 13 hours before the Rangers and Indians were to play again. Wednesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.
Erasmo Ramirez (3-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 11th and Francisco Cordero worked a perfect 12th for his 17th save in 17 tries. He tied John Wetteland (1999) and Jeff Zimmerman (2002) for the club record for consecutive saves.
Victor Martinez had three RBIs for the streaky Indians, who just completed a 13-13 May during which they won three in a row, lost five, won five, lost seven and won four.
Cleveland loaded the bases in the 11th on three straight two-out walks off Francisco, but they failed to score when Casey Blake was thrown out at the plate by third baseman Hank Blalock on Omar Vizquel’s attempted bunt.
Blake said Vizquel’s bunt caught him by surprise, and caused him to hesitate before breaking to the plate.
“It just wasn’t very heads up on my part,” Blake said. “It might have cost us. It was dumb, but I won’t make that mistake again. That’s something I’ll put in the back of my mind.”
The Rangers suspected something with Vizquel up.
“I’ve seen him do that several times,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “Fortunately, we talked about it. Hank kept his poise and made a good play.”
Texas starter Ryan Drese was in control for five innings and cruised into the sixth with a 5-2 lead. But on the third time through their lineup, the Indians got to their former teammate.
Travis Hafner then brought Martinez around with a double to left-center.
Drese, traded from Cleveland to Texas in 2002 along with catcher Einar Diaz in the deal for Hafner, allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.
The rally kept Indians starter C.C. Sabathia’s record spotless (5-0 in six starts) against the Rangers, but continued the left-hander’s tough-luck season.
Sabathia gave up five runs and six hits in six innings. Cleveland’s bullpen has blown four wins for him.
“Looking up there and seeing no wins makes me think I’m pressing a little,” Sabathia said. “I have to throw and attack guys.”
Sabathia struck out four of the first eight Rangers and then hung a breaking pitch with two outs in the third to Barajas, the No. 9 hitter, who pulled it onto the home run porch above left field for his sixth homer.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the first on Martinez’s RBI groundout.
Cleveland dropped to 3-7 in a major league high 10 extra-inning games. Texas is 2-0 in extra frames. … Indians pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 14. … Entering Tuesday’s action, Sabathia (2.89) and LHP Cliff Lee (2.87) led the AL in ERA. The last time the Indians had pitchers finish the season ranked No. 1 and 2 in the league in ERA was in 1968, when Luis Tiant (1.60) and Sam McDowell (1.81) did it. … Since replacing Gerald Laird on May 20, Barajas is batting .353 (12-for-34) with five homers and 12 RBIs. …Indians 1B Ben Broussard is in a 2-for-31 slump.