No, a good ending doesn't make up for a bad beginning. Nor does it excuse an even worse second act, but it's better than nothing.

The Indians beat Texas, 5-2, on Wednesday night to win the last two games of this nine-game trip against the Yankees, Detroit and Rangers. Best not ask about the first seven games but if you must, the Tribe rolled a perfect 0-7 to undo a lot of good work accomplished in late April and a good chunk of May.

Still, a win is a win and for a long time on this 10-day journey it looked like the Indians had forgotten the meaning of the word. It's the first time they've won consecutive games since May 29-30 against Cincinnati.

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-4, 4.79) lasted just five innings, but earned the victory. Jimenez was a whole lot better than his previous start, when he labored through three innings, throwing 42 pitches in the second innings of a 7-5 loss to the Tigers.

When the Indians left Detroit on Sunday evening after the Tigers' three-game sweep, they trailed the AL Central leaders by 5.5 games. Wednesday's victory meant they returned home 4.5 games back with 97 games left on the schedule, including 11 against Detroit.

"This feels good, especially after the way we've been playing the last couple of weeks," Jimenez said. "To win two straight against a team like Texas, is big. They've a very good team."

The offense, averaging 3.4 runs per game during an eight-game losing streak that ended Tuesday with 5-2 victory, did a nice job against rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-6, 4.30). No giggling allowed.

Rookie lefty Jose Alvarez, in his big-league debut, beat the Indians on Sunday in Detroit. Veteran reliever Josh Lindblom, making just his second start of his career, beat the Tribe on Monday with a quality start.

The Indians' hitters, like most in the big leagues, prefer their opposing pitchers with a strong dose of familiarity. When they don't know a pitcher, or have studied him only on video, the advantage usually goes to the guy standing on the mound.