Indians stun Rangers 5-4 with ninth-inning HRs

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Arlington, TX -- Ezequiel Carrera and Jason Kipnis both homered in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Cleveland Indians over the Texas Rangers, 5-4, and salvage the finale of a three-game set on Thursday.

Matt LaPorta also hit a home run, as Cleveland snapped a five-game slide.

Joe Smith allowed two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth before Scott Maine (1-0) entered and left the bases loaded to earn the win.

Chris Perez worked around a two-out triple in the bottom of the ninth to secure his 36th save of the season.

Joe Nathan (2-4) allowed the homers by Carrera and Kipnis to snap a single- season and club record streak of 31 straight converted saves.

Michael Young had three hits and two RBI in defeat for the Rangers, whose lead atop the AL West fell to three games over the Oakland Athletics.


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