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09/08/09 9:25 PM ET
Borbon, Byrd power Rangers past Tribe
Pair combines for three of Texas' four home runs
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- The Rangers' offense and outfielder Julio Borbon came out of their funk right at the same time. Borbon hit two home runs and the Rangers, after going 16 innings without a run, broke loose for an 11-9 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night at Progressive Field. The Rangers had 13 hits, including four home runs, in the slugfest. "We haven't been in one of those in awhile," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It's good we came out on top. The Indians kept fighting and pushing. Every run we got, we needed." Borbon was hitless in 12 at-bats before he hit his second home run of the season off of Indians starter Carlos Carrasco in the third. He hit his second home run of the night in the ninth inning. "I was kind of surprised," Borbon said. "It's not going to happen often, but it's there. I just put some good swings on the ball. They weren't bombs. They were driven balls, but sometimes that happens." Marlon Byrd had four hits, including a three-run home run in the top of the seventh that put the Rangers ahead for good. The Rangers led 5-1 in the top of the fifth before the Indians rallied to tie it against Rangers starter Tommy Hunter. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run double in the fifth and Michael Brantley had a two-run double in the sixth. Byrd's home run snapped a 5-5 tie and gave rookie reliever Neftali Feliz his first Major League victory. But Feliz had his scoreless-innings streak snapped at 20 1/3 when he gave up a home run to Travis Hafner in the bottom of the seventh. "He's only human," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I can't remember any pitcher coming to the big leagues and having a 0.00 ERA." Hunter allowed five runs on eight hits, a walk and two strikeouts. He has a 5.71 ERA without a win in his last three games. David Murphy had Texas' first home run of the night. It came in the second inning and snapped the Rangers' 16-inning scoreless drought. Elvis Andrus had a double to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, and Ivan Rodriguez drove in three runs with a pair of doubles.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.