Playing in the hot weather at home, the Texas Rangers looked sluggish. Now that they're in a cooler climate, they look slugger-ish.
The Rangers have scored 44 runs and gotten 60 hits during a four-game winning streak that has helped them to a 6 1/2-game lead in the AL West.
Texas has pounded Cleveland pitching, hitting 10 homers in winning the first three games of the four-game series by a combined 34-10 score.
John Burkett (4-6) pitched eight strong innings to get his first victory since July 22. He held Cleveland's powerful lineup to one run and five hits, and had a season-high eight strikeouts.
"This was my best outing of the year, definitely," Burkett said after lowering his ERA from 6.30 to 5.90. "When I get my fastball up to 86, 87, 88 mph like tonight, my changeup is 15 mph slower and makes me more effective."
Palmeiro snapped a 1-1 tie in the seventh with his 33rd homer of the season. Rusty Greer opened the inning with a single and went to third on a double by Juan Gonzalez before Palmeiro homered off Charles Nagy (13-8).
"I knew I had first base open and tried to throw a pitch down, but hung it up high," Nagy said. "Palmeiro is hot. He's a great hitter. And we keep making bad pitches to him."
It was Palmeiro's third homer in three games.
"I wasn't thinking about breaking up the game," Palmeiro said. "I was just trying to pull the ball and get the runner home from third and move the guy on second."
Texas, which has 17 homers in its last five games, scratched out a first-inning run when McLemore singled, went to third on a one-out single by Greer and scored on a groundout by Gonzalez.
Cleveland tied it in the sixth. Vizquel got a bunt single, stole second and scored on Ramirez's one-out single to right.
Nagy said he had experienced flu-like symptoms all week and "maybe got a bit weak in the seventh. I made good pitches for six innings and then a lot of bad ones in the seventh."
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