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CLEVELAND -- With the strikeouts piling up, Jhonny Peralta figured he might as well swing away, too.
Peralta hit the first pitch he saw for a game-winning RBI single with one out in the 11th inning to give the Cleveland Indians an 8-7 victory Wednesday night over the Texas Rangers, who struck out a team-record 19 times.
"I was going to swing at anything," Peralta said. "I put it in play and it found a hole."
Victor Martinez doubled down the right-field line to open the 11th off Willie Eyre (1-1) and took third on Kelly Shoppach's ground single to center. After Jason Michaels struck out, Peralta, in a 3-for-36 (.091) slump, hit a grounder just out of the reach of diving third baseman Hank Blalock to drive in Martinez for the win.
Fernando Cabrera (1-0), the last of seven Cleveland pitchers, struck out five over two innings for the win.
"Fernando pitched well with the game on the line," said Indians manager Eric Wedge, who didn't realize how many strikeouts his pitchers had.
"We struck out 19 guys?" he said. "This was not your usual run-of-the-mill ballgame."
"I don't know what led to that," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "You don't like to see it, but that many strikeouts doesn't bother me at all. We still could have won the game."
Indians starter C.C. Sabathia fanned eight over six innings, leaving with a 6-5 lead.
"It hurts to battle back like that and lose at the end," Young said. "We have to be more consistent. You can't pat yourself on the back for coming back if you didn't play well the first two innings."
Second baseman Kinsler's error helped Cleveland score four unearned runs in a five-run second inning off Vicente Padilla.
With the bases loaded and one out, Shin-Soo Choo sent a grounder to Kinsler, who tried to tag Peralta running from first, but missed. Kinsler then threw wildly to first, sending Choo to second and Peralta to third as Ryan Garko and Trot Nixon scored to make it 2-0.
"It was an inexperienced mistake," Washington said. "He'll learn from it. If he gets one out there, that's OK. He'll make that play the next time."
Peralta scored on a groundout by Josh Barfield and Sizemore singled home Choo. Sizemore then stole second and scored on a single up the middle by Casey Blake.
The five-run inning was Cleveland's largest since the Indians scored five in the first inning of the season opener April 2 in Chicago.
Travis Hafner's RBI single in the fourth made it 6-0.
Kinsler keyed the Rangers' comeback with a three-run homer in the sixth, his eighth of the season. Sosa added a two-run double high off the left-field wall later in the sixth. Washington argued with third-base umpire Dale Scott that it was a homer. TV replays showed the ball hit the yellow homer line atop the wall.
About an inch higher, and Sosa would have become the first player to homer in 44 major-league stadiums. He is tied with Ken Griffey Jr. and Fred McGriff for the record. Jacobs Field is one of three current ballparks in which Sosa is homerless.
Padilla, who struck out the side on 13 pitches in the first, gave up five hits and two earned runs over four innings. The right-hander walked three, hit a batter, and struck out four.
Choo's two-out RBI single in the seventh made it 7-5.
Sosa's two-out RBI single off Rafael Betancourt in the eighth brought Texas within 7-6.
|Mired in a 3-for-36 slump, Jhonny Peralta comes through with an RBI single off Willie Eyre. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jerry Hairston Jr., CF||6||1||2||0||0||1||2||.304|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||6||1||2||3||0||1||2||.333|
|Michael Young, SS||6||2||3||1||0||2||2||.188|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||1||0||.225|
|Sammy Sosa, DH||4||0||2||3||0||0||0||.224|
|Matt Kata, PR-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.278|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||4||1||.243|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||0||0||0||1||3||1||.245|
|Brad Wilkerson, LF||5||0||0||0||0||4||3||.222|
|Gerald Laird, C||2||1||1||0||2||1||0||.113|
|Kenny Lofton, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Chris Stewart, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.300|
|2B - Michael Young (5, Borowski), Sammy Sosa (3, Sabathia)|
|HR - Ian Kinsler (8, Sabathia)|
|RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (19), Michael Young (14), Sammy Sosa 3 (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (8), Sammy Sosa (7)|
|SB - Ian Kinsler (4, 2nd base off Cabrera/Shoppach), Kenny Lofton 2 (8, 2nd base off Borowski/Shoppach, 3rd base off Borowski/Shoppach)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Ian Kinsler (3, Throwing)|
|Willie Eyre (L,1-1)||0.1||3||1||1||0||1||0||4.50|
|IBB - Choo by Joaquin Benoit|
|HBP - Garko (by Vicente Padilla), Hafner (by Ron Mahay)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 78-46, Brandon McCarthy 34-20, Ron Mahay 16-5, Frank Francisco 22-17, C.J. Wilson 9-6, Joaquin Benoit 32-18, Willie Eyre 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 5-4, Brandon McCarthy 1-4, Frank Francisco 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 22, Brandon McCarthy 7, Ron Mahay 3, Frank Francisco 6, C.J. Wilson 2, Joaquin Benoit 8, Willie Eyre 4|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||5||1||1||1||1||3||1||.246|
|Casey Blake, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||2||2||.206|
|Travis Hafner, DH||4||1||1||1||1||2||1||.373|
|Victor Martinez, C-1B||5||1||1||0||1||1||5||.326|
|Ryan Garko, 1B||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.298|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Trot Nixon, RF||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.273|
|a- Jason Michaels, PH-RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||5||.263|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||5||1||2||1||1||1||4||.213|
|Shin-Soo Choo, LF||4||2||2||2||1||0||1||.333|
|Josh Barfield, 2B||3||0||0||1||1||1||3||.117|
|b- David Dellucci, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.256|
|Mike Rouse, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.063|
|a-popped out for Nixon in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Barfield in the 9th|
|2B - Victor Martinez (3, Eyre), Jhonny Peralta (2, Benoit)|
|SH - Casey Blake (1)|
|RBI - Grady Sizemore (7), Casey Blake (4), Travis Hafner (15), Jhonny Peralta (10), Shin-Soo Choo 2 (4), Josh Barfield (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore (3), Casey Blake (2), Travis Hafner (2), Shin-Soo Choo (1)|
|SB - Grady Sizemore (5, 2nd base off Padilla/Laird)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - Peralta-Barfield-Garko|
|Thomas Mastny (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||2.45|
|Rafael Betancourt (H,4)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0||0||2.25|
|Roberto Hernandez (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.68|
|Joe Borowski (BS,1)||1||1||1||1||2||2||0||9.90|
|Fernando Cabrera (W,1-0)||2||1||0||0||0||5||0||0.00|
|IBB - Teixeira by Joe Borowski|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 93-63, Rafael Betancourt 12-8, Aaron Fultz 10-2, Roberto Hernandez 5-3, Joe Borowski 34-18, Fernando Cabrera 29-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 3-6, Rafael Betancourt 1-1|
|Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 25, Thomas Mastny 3, Rafael Betancourt 4, Aaron Fultz 2, Roberto Hernandez 1, Joe Borowski 6, Fernando Cabrera 7|
|Attendance - 13843|
|Game Time - 4:05|
|Temperature - 48|
|Umpires - Home - Adam Dowdy, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dale Scott|