- Associated Press - Sunday, August 3, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - With a 2-51 record when trailing after eight innings, things looked bleak for the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Two dramatic swings changed that in a 4-3 win over Texas.

Michael Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the 12th inning to touch off a celebration at home plate, but a big moment three innings earlier made that possible.

David Murphy’s two-run homer with one out in the ninth off Neftali Feliz tied the game and set the stage for the Indians’ seventh win of the season on a game-ending hit.

“Dramatic moments like that are the best things about baseball,” Murphy said of his ninth-inning blast. “It’s an awesome feeling.”

Brantley, a first-time All-Star this season, belted a 3-2 pitch from rookie Phil Klein (0-1) into Texas’ bullpen in right field, but gave credit to his teammate.

“Without Murph hitting his home run, I don’t get a chance to hit mine,” he said.

The win gave the Indians (56-55) a three-game sweep and moved them over .500 for the first time since July 23 as they try to stay in playoff contention.

“There’s something to be said for keeping on playing,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “There wasn’t a lot to yell about in the game, but our pitching kept us close, and then Murph hit one out of the park.”

Murphy, who played for Texas from 2007-13 before signing with the Indians, batted .480 (12 for 25) with seven RBIs in seven games against his former team. He had an RBI double in the second, and was 4 for 4 with two RBIs Friday.

“It’s fun to play against your friends,” he said. “You like to have some bragging rights.”

Murphy also robbed Chris Gimenez of two hits with a diving grab in the ninth and a catch at the wall in the 12th.

Scott Atchison (5-0), the Indians’ seventh pitcher, retired the final batter in the 12th.

Texas has lost six straight on the road and has dropped 19 of 22 away from home. The Rangers (43-68) have the worst record in baseball.

Yu Darvish allowed one in seven innings, but saw an opportunity for his 11th win go down the drain. The All-Star right-hander held the Indians to four hits and struck out eight.

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