The past two weeks have revealed that Adrian Beltre is the key cog in the Texas Rangers' mighty lineup.

Without their third baseman among the starting nine this season, the Rangers were 1-5 entering the second of three games against Cleveland, and they had been without him during their three-game losing streak.

The All-Star wasn't a starter Saturday, and, true to the numbers, the Rangers were in danger of losing yet again to the Indians. But he was available in a pinch, and he squeezed the life out of the Rangers' skid.

Beltre launched a pinch-hit three-run homer in the 11th inning, following an intentional walk to Mitch Moreland, and the resulting 5-2 victory was the Rangers' first since Monday.

As Beltre circled the bases, he felt no pain in his left hamstring, and the Rangers were feeling a big sense of relief.