Nothing else would have been appropriate.

The Rangers marked a special occasion in the glittering career of Michael Young on Sunday night with a memorable accomplishment of their own. Helpless for seven innings, the Rangers rallied for five runs in the eighth inning to defeat Cleveland, 5-3, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

"We had to win the game out of respect for everybody who was out there fighting, including Michael," manager Ron Washington said.

Before the eighth, the Rangers had only three hits: two by Young. With his second infield single of the game in the seventh, Young became the first player in franchise history to reach 2,000 career hits.

Young got there in career game No. 1,261. To put that into perspective, Hall of Famer Ted Williams needed 1,638 games to accumulate 2,000 hits. Albert Pujols, St. Louis' mega-star, needed 1,650 games.

On the mound, Indians starter Josh Tomlin tipped his cap toward Young after hit No. 2,000. Cleveland manager Manny Acta and coaches Sandy Alomar Jr. and Steve Smith saluted Young from the opposing dugout. Young seemed uncomfortable with the attention, clapping his hands as if to re-start the game.

"It means something," Young said. "The last thing I want to do is belittle it. Not many guys have accomplished it. I'm very happy with it, but at the same time I'm trying to see the big picture. The reason I got to this position is I try to make sure my priorities are in order to win ballgames. I'm going to keep playing that way."