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Millwood keeps Indians down, Teixeira homers as Rangers win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas pitching coach Mark Connor told Kevin Millwood he needed to throw his curveball more in games. The right-hander took Connor's advice Sunday, and the results were obvious.

Millwood allowed two hits and struck out a season-high 10 over eight innings as the Rangers beat Cleveland 5-2 on Sunday and ended the Indians' five-game winning streak.

"I don't know if I threw (the curveball) any better, I just used it more," Millwood said. "They've been trying to get me to use it more. I threw it (Sunday) more than ever."

Mark Teixeira helped Millwood with a three-run homer that capped a five-run seventh.

Millwood (14-9) retired the first 14 batters before Kevin Kouzmanoff, who hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in the majors Saturday night, homered in the fifth.

Victor Martinez's two-out double in the seventh was the only other hit Millwood allowed.

In addition to a fastball in the low- to mid-90s, Millwood mixed in his curve and slider to keep the Cleveland hitters at bay.

"An outing like this will build confidence in his curveball," Texas catcher Gerald Laird said. "He threw inside a lot and his curve kept them all off balance."

Millwood walked only one before he was relieved by C.J. Wilson to start the ninth. Wilson gave up an RBI single to Martinez, before Akinori Otsuka got one out for his 30th save in 33 chances.

Through six innings, it appeared Millwood was going to be outdueled by Cleveland starter Paul Byrd.

Byrd (9-7) was working on a shutout before Texas scored five runs in the seventh.

The Rangers opened with three straight singles off Byrd, and Gary Matthews Jr. had a run-scoring groundout to tie it at 1. Michael Young put the Rangers ahead with an RBI single.

Byrd was relieved by Fernando Cabrera, who gave up Teixeira's three-run shot on a 1-1 pitch. It was Teixeira's 25th homer of the season, and 16th since the All-Star break.

Byrd allowed four runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out one and didn't walk a batter.

"I thought I threw great," Byrd said. "It was one of my best games of the year. They did a good job in the seventh of just putting the ball in play."

The Indians were looking to match their season-best winning streak. Cleveland is 18-6 since falling a season-worst 17 games under .500 on Aug. 8.

The Rangers, who had lost eight of 12 coming in, finished their homestand with a 4-5 mark.

Millwood, who won the American League ERA title last season with Cleveland before signing with Texas, struck out seven and allowed just one ball out of the infield before Kouzmanoff's homers ended Millwood's perfect streak to start the game.

"I wasn't even thinking about that," said Kouzmanoff, who was recalled from the minors before Saturday night's game. "I was going up there like it was another at bat."

Millwood struck out the side in the third and fanned two batters in the fourth and sixth innings.

After Martinez's double in the seventh, Jhonny Peralta walked. But Millwood got of the inning unscathed when Kouzmanoff fouled out.

"Kevin is a veteran pitcher we can lean on," Showalter said. "He seems to be getting stronger as the year goes along."

Notes

  • DH Travis Hafner missed his second straight game with a bruised right hand. Hafner was hit by a pitch Friday night and his status is day-to-day
  • Millwood faced the Indians on April 29. He got the win by allowing just two hits in seven innings.
  • Texas C Rod Barajas missed his third straight game with a bad back.
 
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Texas' Kevin Millwood strikes out a season-high 10 batters in eight innings to win his 14th game.  (AP)
Texas' Kevin Millwood strikes out a season-high 10 batters in eight innings to win his 14th game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

K. Millwood
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 1
K 10
Texas

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4100010
Joe Inglett, 2B3000010
   a- Hector Luna, PH1000001
Jason Michaels, LF4000011
Victor Martinez, 1B4021010
Jhonny Peralta, SS3010100
Kevin Kouzmanoff, DH4111004
Shin-Soo Choo, RF3000020
Kelly Shoppach, C3000020
Aaron Boone, 3B3000020
Totals322421106 
a-fouled out for Inglett in the 9th
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (, Millwood)
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (, Millwood)
RBI - Victor Martinez (), Kevin Kouzmanoff ()
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez (), Kevin Kouzmanoff ()
Team LOB - 4
Cleveland Indians
Paul Byrd (L,-) 6.11044010
Fernando Cabrera0111101
Andrew Brown 1.2000120
WP - Andrew Brown ()
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 91-68, Fernando Cabrera 8-4, Andrew Brown 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 7-11, Andrew Brown 2-1
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 29, Fernando Cabrera 2, Andrew Brown 6
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5101011
Michael Young, SS4121001
Mark Teixeira, 1B4123001
Carlos Lee, LF3010102
    Jerry Hairston Jr., PR-LF0000000
Hank Blalock, DH4010012
Mark DeRosa, 3B3010101
Ian Kinsler, 2B4110004
Gerald Laird, C4110012
Nelson Cruz, RF4020002
Totals3551152316 
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (, Byrd)
HR - Mark Teixeira (, Cabrera)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (), Michael Young (), Mark Teixeira 3 ()
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Michael Young (, )
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (W,-) 82111101
C.J. Wilson 0.2110000
Akinori Otsuka (S,) 0.1100000
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 115-73, C.J. Wilson 12-7, Akinori Otsuka 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 7-7, C.J. Wilson 1-2, Akinori Otsuka 1-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 27, C.J. Wilson 4, Akinori Otsuka 2
Game Information
Attendance - 19667
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Dale Scott