American League Game Summary - Texas at Cleveland|
(Friday, August 1)
Final Score: Cleveland 12, Texas 2
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Aviles drove in three runs and scored
twice as the Cleveland Indians' offense erupted for a 12-2 victory over the
Texas Rangers in the opener of a three-game set on Friday.
David Murphy finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored and Michael
Brantley supplied three hits and drove in two runs for the Indians, who have
won four straight games against the Rangers.
Danny Salazar (4-4) gave up four hits, three walks and an unearned run with
four strikeouts over six innings to win his third straight start.
"We haven't had very many games like that," Indians manager Terry Francona
said. "We've played so many close games. It's really good to have some
breathing room for a night."
Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus each drove in a run for Texas, which has dropped
four of its last six. Starter Jerome Williams (2-5) was roughed up in his
second start of the season, giving up 10 runs on 13 hits and three walks
across four-plus frames.
"Not executing, that was basically it," said Williams. "When I did execute,
they found holes."
Cleveland opened the scoring in the first. Aviles reached on a fielder's
choice with one out and came home on Brantley's double to deep left.
Texas threatened in the second. Adrian Beltre and Jim Adduci got aboard with
walks to open the frame. After J.P. Arencibia struck out and Leonys Martin
popped out, Robinson Chirinos singled to right and Murphy threw out Beltre at
home to end the frame.
Aviles walked to open the third, moved to second on Brantley's single and
scored on Carlos Santana's base hit up the middle. Brantley came home after
Lonnie Chisenhall grounded into a double play.
Back-to-back RBI singles from Aviles and Brantley made it a 5-0 game in the
Chirinos doubled to lead off the fifth, moved to third on Murphy's fielding
error in right and came home on Odor's groundout to get the Rangers on the
The Indians responded with six runs in the bottom half of the inning. Santana
walked before Chisenhall and Nick Swisher both singled to load the bases with
no outs. Yan Gomes' single up the middle plated Santana, and Murphy followed
with a two-run double to the left-field corner, ending Williams' outing.
Two batters later, Jason Kipnis walked to reload the bases and Gomes scored on
Nate Adcock's wild pitch. Aviles followed with a two-run single for an 11-1
Chisenhall spoiled reliever Phil Klein's major-league debut by crushing a 2-1
slider over the right-field wall to open the sixth.
Andrus' RBI single up the middle with two outs in the ninth capped the
Prior to the game, Cleveland designated pitcher Zach McAllister for assignment
and recalled outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus ... Texas purchased
the contract of Klein from Triple-A Round Rock and designated pitcher Ryan
Feierabend for assignment ... Gomes extended his hitting streak to eight games
... Andrus has hit in eight straight games. He has also hit safely in 41 of 42
career games against the Indians ... Cleveland has won nine of its last 10
meetings against Texas ... The Indians outhit the Rangers, 16-9.
08/02 02:40:39 ET