Winning one in a row is about as good as it gets when the Indians play the Rangers.

So it was no surprise that after blowing a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning, Texas rallied in the 11th to earn a 5-2 win Saturday night at Progressive Field.

Adrian Beltre almost prolonged Friday night's game, a 6-3 Tribe win, when he batted with two out in the ninth and forced Shin-Soo Choo to make a leaping catch in front of the wall in right.

Saturday night, Beltre made sure nobody intercepted his long fly ball this time. He batted again for Alberto Gonzalez with two out and two on in the 11th, and hit a soaring drive that landed far beyond the center-field fence — an estimated 456 feet from the plate — for the third pinch-hit homer of his career.

Joe Smith gave up the offending home run on a fastball high in the zone.

"That's kind of what happens when you get behind [the count against] everybody,'' he said. "I've been getting by by the skin of my teeth lately. You try to do that against a team like Texas — you can't do that. You leave a fastball up in the zone and apparently he doesn't miss those.''

Until that at-bat, Beltre was 0-for-5 against Smith for his career.

Manager Manny Acta ordered an intentional walk to Mitch Moreland ahead of Beltre.

"Every matchup we had was better pitching to the next guy [Beltre],'' Acta said. "It was my decision. I didn't want Tony Sipp against Beltre.''

Sipp, who was warming up, is left-handed; Beltre bats from the right side. Moreland also is a left-handed hitter; Smith is a right-handed sidearmer who had never faced him.