The Indians have received countless contributions from their reserves this season, a benefit they have lacked in recent years.
Manager Terry Francona plugged Ryan Raburn into his lineup on Friday, and Raburn delivered a walk-off home run. Mike Aviles, Jason Giambi and Yan Gomes have all chipped in throughout the season as well.
"I think it's overlooked at how important those guys are," Francona said. "I think if you look at day-game wins and losses, day-game energy, the teams that have guys that are on the bench that can step in and be productive, I think that's a telling mark."
Cleveland could use that day-game energy for Sunday's matinee against the Rangers, the finale of the teams' three-game series.
Historically, the Indians have struggled against Alexi Ogando, who will take the hill and try to prevent a Cleveland sweep. Ogando has fashioned a 3-0 record and 0.84 ERA in 21 1/3 career innings against the Tribe. In eight appearances (two starts), he has yielded only two runs on nine hits.
In 11 starts this season, Ogando has posted a 4-2 record and 3.13 ERA. He lasted only five innings on Tuesday, when he held the Yankees to three runs on six hits.
"He's still trying to find his fastball command and still trying to find his slider. But he's still got enough of a fastball and he's making enough pitches," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Hopefully when he gets on the mound [Sunday], things will get better."
Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 4.49 ERA) is slated to start for the Indians. The righty has logged a 3.32 ERA over his last 11 outings.
Rangers: Andrus extends streak
Shortstop Elvis Andrus singled to right field in the second inning of Saturday's game. He has hit safely in all 36 career games against Cleveland, surpassing Ken Griffey Jr. for the longest hit streak against the Indians since 1945. In that time frame, only Vladimir Guerrero (44 games against the Rangers) and Jacoby Ellsbury (38 games against the Orioles) have compiled longer streaks against an opponent. It is the longest hit streak by a Texas batter against an opponent.
• Adrian Beltre had gone 81 consecutive at-bats without a strikeout before he whiffed against Justin Masterson in the first inning on Saturday.
Indians: Smith shuts the door
Francona called on reliever Joe Smith to close out the eighth inning of Saturday's 1-0 win. Smith struggled in Friday's win, a game in which Cleveland blew a 7-1 lead before winning in 11 innings.
Prior to Saturday's appearance, Smith had compiled a 7.59 ERA over his previous 13 outings. On Saturday, he got Beltre to fly out to left field to preserve the Indians' lead.
"It seems like there's always one month in the year where I'm terrible," Smith said on Saturday. "This month, it's been tough. It's been a grind. I've just got to throw strikes, get ahead and I know good things will happen. I've been in the league long enough. I know I can get outs."
• Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish tallied 11 strikeouts on Saturday, his Major League-leading seventh game with 10 or more.
• Since returning from a shoulder injury in late June, Indians closer Chris Perez has converted all eight of his save chances and has compiled a 0.64 ERA.