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Bats Come Through Late; Indians Rally to Top Rangers 7-5 to End April 15-12, Three Takeaways From the Win

1. When it Counts

The Indians left runners on base all night, have two base runners in each of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th and only having three runs to show for it.

Down 4-3 in the 8th, the Tribe bats finally came through, as after Rajai Davis singled to start the inning, Bradley Zimmer singled him to second, and then Davis stole third.

Francisco Lindor then hit a wacky ball that went off pitcher Chris Martin’s glove and allowed Davis to score and Zimmer to go to second.

After Jason Kipnis flew out, Jose Ramirez had the big hit of the night, a two out, RBI double that scored Zimmer to make it a 5-4 Indians lead.

That wasn’t all, as after a pitching change Yonder Alonso, who came in the game for Edwin Encarnacion at first base, singled to right to score both Lindor and Ramirez and open the game up to give the Tribe a 7-4 lead.

The offense put up seven runs on 12 hits, and for the first time all season didn’t rely on the long ball to have a productive night at the plate.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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