- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Adrian Beltre enjoys celebrations of his accomplishments about as much as he likes teammates touching his head. Which is to say not very much.

It doesn’t help when the milestones come in Texas losses.

Nick Swisher had three hits and his first three RBIs of the season, and the Cleveland Indians spoiled Beltre’s 400th career home run with an 8-3 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.

Beltre went back-to-back after Prince Fielder with a shot onto the berm in center field - the fifth homer of the season for both sluggers. The 36-year-old Beltre broke a three-way tie with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399 homers and became the 52nd player to reach 400.

The Rangers quickly unfurled a congratulatory banner from an office balcony above center field, and Beltre went to the top step of the dugout to acknowledge a standing ovation.

“I don’t like those situations but it was nice from the fans,” said Beltre, in his 18th season and fourth among active players behind Alex Rodriguez (663), Albert Pujols (525) and David Ortiz (470). “The banner was nice too, but would have felt a lot better if we won the game.”

The switch-hitting Swisher missed the first month of the season recovering from knee surgery last August. Now seven of his nine hits have come in just two of his nine games since staying in Arizona for extended spring training and spending time with Triple-A Columbus.

“I had everything together, and I was feeling good. And all of a sudden I come here and I feel like I have to create stuff, like I have to do something,” said Swisher, who was 4 for 4 in a loss to Minnesota last weekend. “Tonight was just me being me, not feeling like I’ve got to hit a home run to get the crowd off their feet.”

Swisher had one of two run-scoring doubles in the first inning and a tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth off Wandy Rodriguez (1-2).

Michael Brantley had the other first-inning double while reaching base all five times with three hits, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Leadoff man Jason Kipnis singled four times and scored three runs.

Ryan Webb (1-0) and four other Cleveland relievers combined for 6 2-3 shutout innings.

“They were really good,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Everybody came in and did exactly what they were supposed to do.”

Shin-Soo Choo went 0 for 5 to snap a 14-game hitting streak that was the longest in the AL this season.

Cleveland left fielder Ryan Raburn took away a hit from Choo with a running catch as he slammed into a stop sign on an advertisement on the padded wall with two on and nobody out in the second.

Raburn came out of the game three innings later with a bruised left knee, a move the Indians said was precautionary.

A matchup of 30-something left-handers didn’t last long, with 37-year-old Bruce Chen getting pulled from his 400th career appearance and 227th start after Beltre’s one-out double in the third inning. It was his second rough start since Cleveland called him up from Columbus.

The 36-year-old Rodriguez, another in-season addition who recently set a Rangers record by retiring 34 consecutive batters over two starts, allowed eight hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings.

PRO DAY

Texas manager Jeff Banister paused to consider how to put Beltre’s latest milestone into perspective. “Cannot say enough about the man,” the first-year skipper said. “Best professional I’ve ever been around. Wish I’d have seen a lot more of him in person.”

HIT PARADE

Rodriguez came out after hitting Brandon Moss, the batter after Swisher’s go-ahead single. The teams combined to hit five batters, with Fielder and Beltre among them.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: C Yan Gomes (right knee sprain) was set to catch three innings Friday night for Class A Lake Country instead of being the designated hitter so he could pair up with LHP TJ House, who was to throw three innings while recovering from shoulder inflammation.

Rangers: CF Leonys Martin was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game with a left wrist that he first injured last week against Houston and aggravated Monday against Kansas City.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (4-1) has 48 strikeouts through five starts, most for a Cleveland pitcher since Sam McDowell had 49 through five starts in 1968.

Rangers: Colby Lewis (3-2) has a 2.21 ERA in three starts at home, with opponents batting .169 with 18 strikeouts and just four walks.


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