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Berkman, Rangers extend Tribe losing streak to 8

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Lance Berkman hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers beat Cleveland 6-3 Monday night to hand the Indians their eighth straight loss.

Berkman's homer was his first since May 24 and extended Cleveland's road losing streak to 12, its longest since a 16-game skid that carried over from 2009 into the second away game of 2010.

Robbie Ross (3-1) got the win after striking out the side following a leadoff walk in the seventh. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

Scott Kazmir (3-4) ended up with the loss even though he was in the dugout when Berkman homered off Nick Hagadone.

Carlos Santana had a three-run double in the third inning, but the Indians didn't get another hit.

Jeff Baker had a tying homer for Texas in the fourth, his ninth of the season and fourth in the past six games.

The Rangers had runners at first and third with no outs in the seventh but were at risk of not scoring after Hagadone got a grounder from David Murphy that the Indians turned into a double play by throwing behind Jurickson Profar at third.

Berkman, who was 2 for 25 with eight strikeouts coming in and had just one RBI since his last homer, went deep down the left-field line on the second pitch from Hagadone.

Kazmir fell behind 1-0 in the second on an RBI single by Craig Gentry but avoided further trouble by striking out Elvis Andrus with the bases loaded after third baseman Mark Reynolds misplayed a grounder with two outs.

Josh Lindblom, making his second career start with Texas this season after 101 relief appearances in the big leagues, retired the final 10 batters he faced after Santana's three-run double put Cleveland up 3-1 in the third.

Lindblom allowed five hits while striking out six and walking one. Four of his six innings were perfect.

The Indians had just two baserunners over the last six innings -- Jason Giambi on a walk and Jason Kipnis on an error by Andrus at shortstop.

The Rangers tied the score quickly in the fourth. A.J. Pierzynski led off with his second single and scored four pitches later on Baker's homer down the left-field line.

Kazmir allowed eight hits and four runs with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

Mike Aviles started Cleveland's three-run third by beating Andrus' throw on a grounder up the middle. Kipnis singled and Nick Swisher walked with one out, and after Michael Brantley popped out, Santana sent a ball to the gap in right-center, just out of Nelson Cruz's reach.

The defensive play of the game ended up as a single for Berkman after Reynolds dove into foul territory to stop a one-hop grounder and threw to first. Berkman would have been out, but Santana came off the bag early to throw back to Reynolds, who tagged out Murphy trying to go from first to third on the play. Berkman was awarded a hit.

NOTES: The Indians acquired INF John McDonald from Pittsburgh for a player to be named or cash. The 38-year-old McDonald spent his first six seasons with Cleveland starting in 1999. To make room for him, the Indians moved RHP Brett Myers (right elbow) to the 60-day DL. ... Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler has resumed baseball activities and hopes to return during an 11-game homestand that ends June 20. He's been out since May 18 with a rib injury. ... Andrus has at least one hit in all 33 career games against the Indians.

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