ARLINGTON – The Cleveland Indians completed a nine-game road trip with their second-straight win as they topped the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Wednesday.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4, 4.86) received the start for the Indians to counter Texas righty Nick Tepesch (3-5, 4.34).
The Indians posted a pair in the second inning as designated hitter Jason Giambi was hit by a two-out pitch. Cue shortstop Mike Aviles, who sent his fourth home run of the season to left, giving Cleveland the 2-0 advantage.
One more crossed the dish for the Indians in the following inning as center fielder Michael Bourn and second baseman Jason Kipnis laced a pair of back-to-back singles. With one out, left fielder Michael Brantley singled to right to score Bourn, boosting Cleveland’s lead to 3-0.
The Rangers responded in their share of the third inning in the form of a long ball off the bat of center fielder Leonys Martin for his third home run of the year.
Cleveland cashed in some insurance in the fifth as Kipnis...