Rangers rout Indians with home run parade
ARLINGTON — Josh Hamilton homered to stretch his home hitting streak to 26 games, C.J. Wilson pitched six strong innings and the Texas Rangers got plenty of offense in a 12-1 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Vladimir Guerrero added a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning, Nelson Cruz and David Murphy also went deep, and Joaquin Arias had a career-high four RBIs for Texas.
The game was delayed for 16 minutes in the fifth inning when a male spectator fell about 30 feet from the second deck while attempting to catch a foul ball.
Cruz had fouled a pitch into the club level in Section 235 along the first-base line. The ball hit a seat behind the spectator, who was reaching to snag it before losing balance and tumbling backward onto the seats below. He was taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital, where a team spokesman said he was responsive and able to move all of his extremities.
The AL West-leading Rangers got back on track after losing five of their previous seven. Hamilton pushed his home hitting streak to the second-longest in club history behind Al Oliver’s 30 games in 1981, and Wilson (7-4) allowed one run and three hits while striking out four to win for the fourth time in his last five decisions.
Jayson Nix homered for Cleveland, connecting three times in a span of five at-bats, including a two-homer game in Monday’s series opener.
Andres Blanco’s two-run double in the fourth off Justin Masterson (3-8) gave Texas a 3-1 lead, and Arias’ three-run double in the sixth stretched it to 6-1. Masterson was chased from the game, and ended up allowing seven runs and nine hits in 51⁄ innings. Cleveland had won seven of its previous nine.
Texas third baseman Michael Young got his first night off this season.