Sometimes the ugliest of starts lead to an unforgettable finish.
The Cleveland Indians overcame a seven-run deficit to score 13 unanswered in a 15-9 win over the Texas Rangers Monday night.
Despite a rocky start from Carlos Carrasco, the Indians tallied 19 hits to overcome a 9-2 Texas lead starting in the fourth inning.
The Rangers smashed four home runs in just as many innings, but once the Indians figured out Texas starter Cole Hamels, there was little room left for worry.
All but one Indian had a multi-hit game, including Jose Ramirez who had three hits and scored three runs. Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall all knocked home three RBI.
Carrasco departed the game in the fourth inning for a final line of 3 1/3 innings pitched, yielding eight earned runs on six hits, three walks, seven strikeouts and three home runs.
Hamels, who made his first start since April, finished at 4 1/3 innings, surrendering seven earned runs on eight hits, four walks and a strikeout.
The Indians hit 11-for-28 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.
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BULLPEN HANGS TOUGH
Cody Allen struck out the side in the eighth and Nick Goody held tight, despite allowing two baserunners in the ninth, to seal the 15-9 win.
Back-to-back doubles by Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana result in another run, and Roberto Perez deposited a double deep to center to make it a 14-9 lead. Bradley Zimmer follows with a double to left, scoring Perez for one more, marking 13 unanswered runs scored by Cleveland since the fourth inning.
TAKE THE LEAD, LONNIE
With still no out, the Indians loaded the bases for Lonnie Chisenhall, who singled up the middle to score two to give Cleveland a 10-9 lead.
Roberto Perez drew a walk to re-load the bases and Lindor beat a one-out throw on a ground ball to score Brandon Guyer. Jason Kipnis added a sacrifice fly to advance the lead to 12-9.
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
Carlos Santana greeted reliever Tanner Scheppers with an RBI single to score Ramirez in the sixth, axing the lead to one.
WE HAVE A BALLGAME
The Rangers' lead was cut to two as the Indians rallied for four runs in the fifth.
With one out, Cole Hamels was replaced with Dario Alvarez.
Lonnie Chisenhall singled to score Jose Ramirez and Roberto Perez drew a bases-loaded walk to push Carlos Santana home. Bradley Zimmer beat a force play at first to score Brandon Guyer and Francisco Lindor singled to score Chisenhall, trimming the Rangers to a 9-7 lead.
INDIANS CHIP AWAY, TEXAS BITES BACK
The Indians chipped away at the Texas lead with runs in the third and fourth. Brandon Guyer plated Jose Ramirez on a single in the third and Roberto Perez scored on a Francisco Lindor groundout in the fourth.
But the Rangers didn't let up, as Joey Gallo and Elvis Andrus responded with a pair of home runs to make it 9-2. Carrasco was pulled and replaced with reliever Dan Otero in the fourth, which led to Andrus' home run.
TEXAS LEAPS TO EXTEND LEAD
Texas was quick with the response runs in the form of another home run in the second inning as Elvis Andrus rocked a 2-1 pitch to left-center for a 7-1 lead.
INDIANS MAKE IMMEDIATE REBUTTAL
The Indians responded during their share of the first as Francisco Lindor scored on a force out off the bat of Carlos Santana.
RANGERS TAKE EARLY LEAD
The Rangers drew first blood as Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a double off the centerfield wall and Elvis Andrus followed with a walk. Nomar Mazara struck on a low fastball over the plate to double home Choo.
But it was Adrian Beltre who twisted the early knife on a three-run home run into the left field bleachers, giving Texas a 4-0 lead.