MLB: Cleveland 6, Texas 3

May 4, 2012 at 9:45 PM

CLEVELAND, May 4 (UPI) -- A sixth-inning sacrifice fly by Travis Hafner put Cleveland in front for good Friday and the Indians went on to down Texas 6-3.

The Rangers, who did not suffer back-to-back losses during the first month of the season, have dropped three in a row. Cleveland, which went into the evening with the only winning record in the American League Central, has won three straight.

A two-run homer by Shin-Soo Choo in the second and Jack Hannahan's solo blast in the third staked Cleveland to a 3-1 lead.

Texas came back to tie it on an RBI double by David Murphy in the fourth and a run-scoring single from Nelson Cruz in the sixth, but Cleveland quickly moved in front again.

Jason Kipnis led off the bottom of the sixth with a single against Colby Lewis (3-1), stole second, moved to third on a base hit by Asdrubal Cabrera and scored on Hafner's sacrifice fly.

Johnny Damon added a two-run triple in the seventh.

Jeanmar Gomez (2-1) got the win with a seven-inning effort, during which he gave up three runs on eight hits. Chris Perez worked the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.

The Texas pitching staff led the American League in ERA through April, but during the current three-game losing streak the Rangers have allowed 25 runs.

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