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Michael Brantley hit a go-ahead RBI double and Jason Kipnis homered in Cleveland's four-run ninth inning as the Indians rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Texas Rangers in 106-degree heat Saturday night.

Texas carried a 4-3 advantage into the ninth before the Indians came back against closer Neftali Feliz (1-3), who had his sixth blown save in 28 chances.

Kosuke Fukudome led off the ninth with a double off the glove of right fielder Nelson Cruz, who sprinted back to the warning track and nearly made a spectacular catch.

Ezequiel Carrera's sacrifice bunt moved Fukudome to third, and Lonnie Chisenhall's single to right on a 1-2 pitch drove in Fukudome to tie it.

Brantley's double to right drove in Chisenhall, who slid in safely ahead of second baseman Ian Kinsler's relay throw to the plate.

Kipnis greeted Yoshinori Tateyama with a two-run drive to extend Cleveland's lead to 7-4.

Frank Herrmann (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Chris Perez allowed a two-out RBI single to Elvis Andrus in the ninth, then gave up an infield single to Josh Hamilton.

Perez's wild pitch moved the runners to second and third but Michael Young grounded out, giving Perez his 23rd save in 26 opportunities.

The Rangers had a four-run seventh off Indians starter Fausto Carmona, with Kinsler ending a 3-for-42 slide with a two-run single and Hamilton hitting a tiebreaking sacrifice fly.

Carmona allowed four runs -- two earned -- and six hits in 6 1-3 innings with two strikeouts and one walk.

Rangers starter C.J. Wilson gave up three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 6 2-3 innings with nine strikeouts and two walks.

The first-pitch temperature was 106 degrees, highest in Rangers Ballpark history.

Wilson and Carmona both pitched shutout ball over the first six innings before the Indians broke through with a three-run seventh.

Fukudome hit an infield single and scored on Shelley Duncan's double. When Wilson walked No. 9 hitter Lou Marson with two outs in the seventh, Darren Oliver came on in relief.

Oliver was called for a balk when he dropped the ball while his foot was on the rubber, allowing pinch-runner Carrera to score from third.

The Indians put up a third run in the seventh with the help of a throwing error by Young at third base. He threw wide of first on Brantley's grounder, and Marson slid home ahead of first baseman Mitch Moreland's throw.

Texas' seventh-inning rally was helped by Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera's fielding error. Cabrera also was picked off first in the eighth by right-hander Koji Uehara.

Moreland and Torrealba led off the seventh with singles, and Moreland scored from second when Cabrera muffed David Murphy's grounder. Kinsler followed with a two-run single to tie it.

Kinsler stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored the go-ahead run on Hamilton's sacrifice fly off reliever Tony Sipp.

NOTES: Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, sat in the owners' box to the left of the Texas dugout. Bush, a Dallas-area resident who once owned the Rangers, has attended several games this season. ... Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo returned to Cleveland to be examined by team doctors before deciding on the next step in his rehab from a broken left thumb. If Choo is cleared, he could begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. ... The Rangers signed RHP Connor Sadzeck, their 11th-round pick in the June draft. ... Former Rangers LHP Kenny Rogers was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in pregame ceremonies. ... Texas will start RHP Colby Lewis on Sunday night in the series finale as Lewis tries to avoid giving up the long ball after allowing a league-high 27 homers in 22 starts. RHP Josh Tomlin gets the start for Cleveland. He's the first pitcher since 1919 to last at least five innings in his first 34 big league appearances. ... Andrus was hit in the helmet by Carmona's fastball in the first inning, but remained in the game. ... Young's single in the third was the 1,998th hit of his career. ... Kinsler has 20 straight successful steal attempts.

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