In­di­ans hit 3 straight HRs, Ple­sac shuts down Rangers, 10-3

Big Spring Herald - - SPORTS - By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Base­ball Writer

AR­LING­TON, Texas — Jose Ramirez went into the up­per deck for his first home run in more than a month. The Cleve­land In­di­ans later got a trio of long balls un­like any they have had in nearly 15 years.

While rookie Zach Ple­sac al­lowed only two hits pitch­ing into the eighth in­ning, Cleve­land hit­ters were go­ing deep. Ramirez ended a 29-game home­r­less drought in the third, and the In­di­ans opened the seventh with three homers in a row to over­whelm the Texas Rangers 10-3 on Tues­day night.

"Ev­ery­body's con­tribut­ing. It's nice," said Tyler Naquin, who had the last of the three homers in a five-pitch span off re­liever Drew Smyly.

Af­ter Jake Bauers led off the In­di­ans' seventh with a 389-foot shot to right-cen­ter, Roberto Perez and Naquin fol­lowed with homers that mea­sured more than 400 feet. Those were Cleve­land's first back-to-back-to-back homers since July 16, 2004.

"Doesn't hap­pen very of­ten, so surely guys en­joy it," man­ager Terry Fran­cona said.

The three-run homer by Ramirez to right mea­sured at 431 feet and made it 4-0. His fifth homer of the sea­son was his first since May 14.

"Oh my good­ness. That seemed like that was a lot of frus­tra­tion all balled up into one swing," Fran­cona said. "That was a loud swing. Hope­fully that pro­pels him a lit­tle bit."

Ple­sac (2-2) struck out six and walked five, the last two free passes to the Nos. 8 and 9 hit­ters to open the eighth and end his fifth ca­reer start. The only run the right-han­der al­lowed came on Rougned Odor's one­out homer in the fifth that was the first hit he al­lowed.

"Yeah, I knew. But I got down 1-0, had to ex­e­cute a pitch. I left it up over the plate and he was ready to hit it," Ple­sac said. "I wasn't think­ing about it or any­thing. I was more wor­ried about ex­e­cut­ing pitches and at­tack­ing the zone."

Oliver Perez got a dou­ble-play liner and a strike­out to get out of the eighth.

Two of the five Texas hits came in the ninth, in­clud­ing Willie Cal­houn's two-run homer.

Rangers starter Adrian Samp­son (5-4), who was 5-0 his pre­vi­ous six games, al­lowed five runs (three earned) in three in­nings. He gave up six runs in five in­nings at Bos­ton in a no-de­ci­sion last week.

"It just didn't look like he had a whole lot of life re­ally from the first in­ning on," man­ager Chris Wood­ward said. "It just seemed like he was kind of fight­ing, not only his me­chan­ics but just the abil­ity to ex­e­cute pitches."

Smyly, the vet­eran right-han­der who was start­ing ear­lier in the sea­son, took over in the fourth with a 32-pitch in­ning. A two-run sin­gle by Jason Kip­nis made it 7-0 right af­ter a dou­ble steal.

Af­ter the three homers in the seventh, Smyly has an 8.42 ERA and al­lowed 19 homers over 51 1/3 in­nings in his 13 games this sea­son.

"He re­ally hasn't been built up and he hasn't been start­ing, so I don't know if that was just a de­cline in stamina," Wood­ward said. "I'm not sure. First in­ning, he didn't get hit that hard. A lot of bloop­ers and weak con­tact. He just left some of his pitches up." SHORT HOPS

In­di­ans rookie Os­car Mer­cado had two hits and scored three times. He is hit­ting .308 in his 28 games. “It's 100 at-bats, but it's been a re­ally good 100 at-bats,” Fran­cona said . ... The Rangers are now 0-3 with a chance to reach seven games over .500 . ... Bauers is 11 for 22 with five RBIs the last five games. ... Rangers sec­ond-round draft pick Ryan Garcia, the Pac-12 pitcher of the year from UCLA, signed for a bonus of $1,469,900 and was at the game. The righthande­r was 10-1 with a 1.44 ERA with 117 strike­outs this sea­son.

TRAINER'S ROOM

In­di­ans: Fran­cona said RHP Mike Clevinger had some swelling and dis­col­oration in his left an­kle af­ter tak­ing an awk­ward step off the mound Mon­day night dur­ing his first start since April 7. He will throw a side ses­sion later this week. “I think all things lead to­wards him be­ing OK,” Fran­cona said.

Rangers: OF Hunter Pence, placed on the 10-day in­jured list Mon­day with a strained right groin, de­scribed his in­jury as “very mi­nor, not too bad.” ... OF Joey Gallo got to the team's com­plex in Ari­zona. Man­ager Chris Wood­ward said Gallo, out since June 2 with a left oblique strain, is swing­ing 100 per­cent and tak­ing fly­balls. UP NEXT In­di­ans: Right-han­der Adam Plutko (3-1, 4.63 ERA) will try to win his third con­sec­u­tive start. He al­lowed four earned runs over 12 in­nings the last two.

Rangers: Joe Palumbo will be re­called from Dou­ble-A Frisco for his sec­ond ca­reer start. The lefty al­lowed four runs over four in­nings in a no de­ci­sion in his big league de­but June 8 against Oak­land.

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