Ogando, Rangers close out set vs. Indians

Alexi Ogando tries to get himself back on track this game set with the Cleveland Indians at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Since starting the season 7-0, Ogando has gone 5-8 and has pitched to a 5.45 earned run average in his last 15 starts. He lost his third straight start on Saturday against Oakland, as he allowed five runs (three earned) and six hits in five innings.

Ogando was brilliant in beating the Indians back on June 3, allowing just a run and four hits in eight innings in his only other start against them.

Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with righty Fausto Carmona, who is 6-14 with a 5.18 ERA. Carmona did not get a decision on Saturday in Chicago, as the WHite Sox reached him for three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-3 loss.

Carmona has faced the Rangers 11 times and is 2-7 against them with a 5.16 ERA.

Texas' season-long mastery of the Tribe continued on Wednesday, as Josh Hamilton's grand slam capped an eight-run fourth inning, helping the Rangers to a 9-1 win.

Mike Napoli smacked a two-run homer and Ian Kinsler added a solo shot for the Rangers, who won their third straight game and climbed 21 games above .500 (85-64) for the first time since 1999.

Texas maintained its three-game cushion in the American League West on the Angels, who won at Oakland earlier Wednesday.

Derek Holland (14-5) threw seven strong innings to win for the eighth time in his last nine decisions. The southpaw, who allowed six hits, including a fifth-inning homer to Lonnie Chisenhall, hasn't lost at home since July 2 against Florida.

"He certainly had his good fastball tonight," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He used his off-speed stuff pretty good."

David Huff (2-5) surrendered eight hits and eight runs -- three earned -- over four innings to drop his third consecutive start. The Indians have scored one run in each of those appearances.

Cleveland, which had just six hits, lost for the seventh time in nine games.

The Rangers have won eight of their nine meetings with the Indians this season and have won 10 of the last 12 in the series dating back to last season, while going 20-4 against them since the start of the 2009 campaign.