Rangers rout In­di­ans with home run pa­rade

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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