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Indians Vs. Rangers: Tribe Stays Hot In 6-3 Win

Travis Hafner hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning on Friday night to break a tie with the Texas Rangers. Hafner's pop up to center scored Jason Kipnis. It proved to be the winning run in a 6-3 Indians win in front of a home crowd barely over 16,000.

Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez pitched seven solid, if unspectacular innings for his second win of the season. Gomez struck out two and walked one while allowing eight hits. Closer Chris Perez picked up his 10th save of the season.

Shin-Soo Coo hit a two-run home run in the second inning. It was his first hit since sitting out with a hamstring injury earlier this season. Johnny Damon scored two on his seventh inning triple that gave the Indians a pair of insurance runs.

It was the first loss of the season for Texas starter Colby Lewis, who gave up six earned runs on 10 hits.

Cleveland has two more games over the weekend against Texas. If they can win one more, it would give the Tribe its third consecutive series win.

More on the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers can be found at their respective SB Nation blogs, Let's Go Tribe and Lone Star Ball. More news and analysis on Major League Baseball in general can be found at Baseball Nation.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.