You know what puts a smile on my face? Jurickson Profar with TEXAS across his chest and a big smile after contributing to a Rangers win. Profar hit his first home run as a big leaguer since September 2013 and he did so against the 2014 Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber.
Before Profar's solo shot in the 5th put the Rangers up 3-0, the fairy dust Jon Daniels and Jeff Banister have sprinkled on their backup of the backup of the backup catcher hasn't worn off as Bryan Holaday hit a two-run dinger in the top of the 3rd to put Texas up 2-0.
The Indians momentarily made the game interesting in the 7th when noted Ranger Terminator Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run blast (of course his first dinger of the season would come against the Rangers) off Tony Barnette to draw the Clevelands to within a run. Undeterred, the Rangers delivered the dagger in the top of the 8th on consecutive RBI doubles by Ian Desmond and Adrian Beltre to make it 6-2 and put the game out of reach.
Desmond's double brought in Profar and Holaday as each finished with two hits and two runs scored to go along with their home runs. Ohioan Jared Hoying singled to drive in Elvis Andrus in the 9th to make it 7-2 and score you some cheap pizza.
One downer from the game is Matt Bush pitched in a five-run game in the 9th for his sixth appearance in nine games. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bush didn't have it and allowed three consecutive hits and an RBI single to, you guessed it, Chisenhall. With the score 7-3, Sam Dyson was brought into his 400th game this season because we have to have something to complain about or it isn't baseball.
Dyson picked up the save and with the win the Rangers close out the month of May ten games above .500 for the first time in 2016 and on a four-game winning streak. The Rangers will begin June in first place in the AL West.
Player of the Game: Colby Lewis followed up his worst outing of the season with six stellar innings of scoreless baseball against a good Indians team. The Indians hit sliders well which is Colby's bread and butter put away pitch. Colby had also pitched poorly at Progressive Field (11.74 ERA in three starts before tonight) over his career so it was an added bonus as the Rangers beat a top flight starter like Kluber.
Up Next: The Rangers go for the sweep in this series with these Indians tomorrow evening with Cole Hamels on the mound against RHP Trevor Bauer of Cleveland. First pitch is once again scheduled for 5:10 pm CT.