Cleveland Indians starting pitcher T.J. House (58) hands the ball to manager Terry Francona. ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLEVELAND — Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher delivered run-scoring singles in the sixth inning, and five pitchers combined on a five-hitter, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
The game was tied 0-0 through five innings before the Indians, who had 16 hits in a 12-2 win Friday, pieced together a rally.
Scott Atchison (4-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings and worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the sixth.
Cody Allen worked a shaky ninth for his 14th save. J.P. Arencibia drew a leadoff walk and Leonys Martin singled, but Allen regrouped. Pinch-hitter Jim Adduci struck out and Rougned Odor fouled out before Daniel Robertson struck out to end the 24-pitch inning.
The win moved the Indians (55-55) back to .500 while the Rangers have dropped 18 of 21 away from home and are the worst team in the majors (43-67).
Texas starter Miles Mikolas (1-4) allowed two runs in seven innings.
Jason Kipnis started the sixth with a single, took second on a sacrifice and went to third on a groundout. The Rangers elected to walk Carlos Santana intentionally on a 2-0 count, but Chisenhall foiled that strategy by dropping a single into center field on the first pitch.
Swisher lined a single to right for a two-run lead.
T.J. House, called up from the minors before the game, pitched five scoreless innings for Cleveland.
House, who struck out seven and allowed three hits, was pulled in the sixth when Elvis Andrus drew a leadoff walk and took second on Alex Rios’ infield hit. Atchison retired Adrian Beltre on a groundout that moved both runners into scoring position.
Andrus was tagged out in a rundown trying to score on Arencibia’s grounder. Martin struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
Rangers: Catcher Geovany Soto (strained right groin) was scheduled to catch seven innings Saturday on his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock. He went 1 for 2 with a walk Friday in his debut with the Express. Soto has only played in three major league games this season after undergoing right knee surgery in late March.
Indians: Outfielder Chris Dickerson missed his second straight game with a sore left knee, but manager Terry Francona said he will probably be able to play Sunday. Dickerson left Thursday’s game when he made an awkward attempt to catch a fly ball that fell for a double.
Rangers: Right-hander Yu Darvish (10-6) will start the finale of the three-game series on Sunday. Darvish’s 1.24 ERA in day games is the second-lowest in the AL, while his 2.90 season ERA ranks ninth.
Indians: Right-hander Trevor Bauer (4-5) starts for Cleveland. He faced Texas for the first time in his career on June 6, allowing four earned runs in 6 1-3 innings and taking the loss.