- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Rangers’ struggling bullpen cost the team another win.

Jason Kipnis hit a tiebreaking two-run home run to cap a three-run ninth inning Saturday night to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 10-8 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Texas relievers have given up a major-league high 19 home runs this season, and their bullpen ERA of 4.75 is fourth-worst in the majors - contributing to Texas’ 5-13 home record that matches Oakland’s for the worst.

“I’m not going to use the word frustration,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “We’ve got to do a better job. That’s the bottom line.”

Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux added: “Collectively, you have a message. But individually, how do you get that message across? That’s what we’ve got to do.”

Robinson Chirinos had given Texas an 8-7 lead with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth. However, Rangers closer Neftali Feliz (1-2) surrendered a walk and two hits in the ninth. He also threw a wild pitch and Tommy Field had an error. The Indians tied it on a grounder with runners at second and third, and then Kipnis put them ahead with his homer.

“I tell them to keep confident,” the Rangers’ catcher said of his relievers. “They are trying everything they can to be consistent and keep the game close.”

Kipnis, the American League’s hottest hitter in May with 10 multi-hit outings in 14 games, had three hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Since moving into the leadoff spot on April 26, he is hitting .425.

Feliz has three blown saves this season and four in his career against Cleveland, the most against any opponent.

Scott Atchison (1-1) picked up the win despite allowing the home run to Chirinos. Cody Allen got the last three outs for his sixth save.

The Indians have won consecutive games for the first time since their season opening series at Houston.

Chirinos and Shin-Soo Choo each finished with three hits for the Rangers. Choo also homered, his fifth of the season and third in five games. Field hit his second homer since joining the club last Monday.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis gave up three runs in the first inning - more than his previous three starts combined - and allowed six runs, five earned, in five innings.

HAMILTON UPDATE

OF Josh Hamilton, recently reacquired from the Los Angeles Angels, was 4 for 5 with four runs and one RBI on Saturday night in his latest rehab game, his first for Double-A Frisco. In seven total minor league rehab outings, Hamilton is 8 for 24.

FLUKE PLAYS

Texas’ Elvis Andrus scored on a steal of second base in the fifth inning when the throw by catcher Jose Ramirez struck Andrus and caromed into left field. … Ramirez reached in the eighth inning on a throwing error by Rangers second baseman Field but rounded the bag too far and was tagged out after the play was backed up by Chirinos.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: LHP T.J. House (left shoulder inflammation) is expected to pitch five innings with Columbus in his next rehab outing after pitching three hitless innings Friday night for Low-A Lake County. … C Yan Gomes (right knee sprain) was scheduled to DH Saturday night for Lake County after catching three innings for Lake County on Friday.

Rangers: CF Leonys Martin (sore left wrist) returned to the lineup after missing three games. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-3) goes for his first career victory over Texas in his third start and fifth career appearance against the Rangers.

Texas RHP Nick Martinez (2-0) has struggled in May (4.24 ERA in three winless starts) after dominating in April (major league-leading 0.35 ERA in four starts). In his only career start against Cleveland, Martinez allowed eight earned runs in two innings last June.


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