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Westbrook solid in win over Rangers; Hafner's hand bruised by pitch

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- In the end, it turned out to be a good night for the Cleveland Indians.

They stretched their winning streak to four games, and then they got some good news from the trainer's room when they learned that slugger Travis Hafner didn't break his right hand, as had been feared.

Grady Sizemore went 3-for-3 with a homer and Jake Westbrook pitched seven strong innings to help the Indians beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Friday night.

The Indians got a scare in the eighth inning when Hafner left the game after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson.

X-rays were negative and Hafner is listed as day to day.

"We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "We were all worried that it might be broken. He was pretty upset."

Hafner had an ugly bruise on the back of his hand after getting plunked with the bases-loaded pitch. Hafner left the clubhouse without talking to reporters.

It was Hafner's 110th RBI of the season as a designated hitter, breaking the club record of 109 at that position set by Andre Thornton in 1982.

Hafner has club-high totals of 117 RBI and 42 homers.

The Indians know they'd be in trouble without Hafner.

"You hate to say you have to rely on one guy but he's been an anchor in this lineup," Sizemore said. "He's a guy who comes through in the clutch."

In addition to his 21st homer, Sizemore added two doubles, walked twice and drove in two runs for Cleveland, which has won eight of nine.

The Indians have been out of the AL Central and AL wild-card races for months, but the recent surge is a positive sign for the future.

"It's not an easy road to get into the playoffs," Sizemore said. "We definitely had the talent. It's an opportunity missed. We have to build for next year."

Westbrook (12-8) won his third straight start, giving up two runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked two to help the Indians pull within five games of .500 (64-69) for the first time since July 7.

The Indians had eight baserunners in the first two innings against Vicente Padilla (13-9) as Cleveland provided Westbrook with a 4-1 lead.

Padilla threw 112 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and eight hits. He struck out five and walked three.

"(Padilla) came back to give us five-plus innings," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He takes the ball every fifth day and has a chance to win 15, 16 games. What's not to like?"

Ian Kinsler homered for Texas, which has lost seven of 11.

The Indians put five runners on base in the first inning and took a 3-0 lead on RBI singles by Victor Martinez, Ryan Garko and Jhonny Peralta.

Texas countered with a first-inning run on Carlos Lee's RBI single but the Rangers left the bases loaded when Kinsler took a called third strike from Westbrook.

Westbrook had his sinker working as Texas had 13 groundball outs in the seven innings.

"The last time I pitched against them in April, they were real aggressive," Westbrook said. "So I thought I had to mix it up a little more this time. After the first inning, I went back to my sinker. I was able to get them to hit the ball on the ground."

Cleveland stretched its lead to 4-1 in the second on Sizemore's homer, but Kinsler's 10th homer in the fourth pulled Texas within 4-2.

Andy Marte's RBI double in the sixth knocked out Padilla, and Sizemore greeted Ron Mahay with a run-scoring double to make it 6-2.

Notes

  • Peralta's first-inning fielding error snapped a 41-game errorless streak.
  • Padilla picked Sizemore off first base in the fourth, the first pickoff by a Texas pitcher this season.
  • Padilla had his 134th strikeout in the fifth, surpassing his career high of 133 set last season with the Philadelphia Phillies. But Padilla failed to match a career-high with his 14th victory.
  • The Indians have won only two of their last 11 games in Arlington.
 
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The Indians' Travis Hafner grimaces after being hit on  the hand by a wild pitch.  (AP)
The Indians' Travis Hafner grimaces after being hit on the hand by a wild pitch. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

C. Lee
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Cleveland

G. Sizemore
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3232200
Casey Blake, RF4010102
Travis Hafner, DH2101211
    Hector Luna, PR-DH0000000
Victor Martinez, C5111025
Shin-Soo Choo, LF4010124
Ryan Garko, 1B5011001
Jhonny Peralta, SS5011010
Joe Inglett, 2B4110013
Andy Marte, 3B4221011
Totals3671176817 
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore 2 (, Padilla, Mahay), Joe Inglett (, Padilla), Andy Marte (, Padilla)
HR - Grady Sizemore (, Padilla)
RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (), Travis Hafner (), Victor Martinez (), Ryan Garko (), Jhonny Peralta (), Andy Marte ()
2-OUT RBI - Travis Hafner (), Ryan Garko (), Jhonny Peralta ()
CS - Shin-Soo Choo (, 2nd base by Bauer/Laird)
PK - Grady Sizemore (, Padilla)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Garko, Marte-Inglett-Garko
E - Jhonny Peralta (, )
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook (W,-) 7722261
Rafael Betancourt 1000000
Thomas Mastny 1000110
WP - Jake Westbrook ()
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 109-73, Rafael Betancourt 9-6, Thomas Mastny 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 14-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-2
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 30, Rafael Betancourt 3, Thomas Mastny 4
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3100221
Michael Young, SS4020012
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000012
Carlos Lee, LF4021001
Hank Blalock, DH4010011
Mark DeRosa, 3B4000010
Ian Kinsler, 2B4111013
Gerald Laird, C3010100
Nelson Cruz, RF4000001
Totals342723711 
Batting
2B - Gerald Laird (, Westbrook)
HR - Ian Kinsler (, Westbrook)
RBI - Carlos Lee (), Ian Kinsler ()
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee ()
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Young-Teixeira
E - Ian Kinsler (, )
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla (L,-) 5.1866351
Ron Mahay 1200010
Wes Littleton 1.1111210
C.J. Wilson 0.1000000
Rick Bauer 1000110
HBP - Hafner (by C.J. Wilson)
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 112-71, Ron Mahay 21-13, Wes Littleton 28-12, C.J. Wilson 5-2, Rick Bauer 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 6-5, Ron Mahay 1-1, Wes Littleton 2-0, C.J. Wilson 1-0, Rick Bauer 1-0
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 27, Ron Mahay 5, Wes Littleton 6, C.J. Wilson 2, Rick Bauer 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23776
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna