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Cleveland at Texas

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Cleveland (58-40) «0002310208100
Texas (42-56)000003000371

Indians 8, Rangers 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- All seems to be well with the Cleveland Indians one night after their All-Star catcher had an argument with a starting pitcher.

Victor Martinez, Josh Barfield and Jason Michaels drove in two runs apiece to help the Indians beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 Sunday night.

Barfield went 3-for-4 and scored two runs and Casey Blake also had three hits for Cleveland, which bounced back one night after Martinez and teammate Cliff Lee had an animated discussion during an 8-5 loss to Texas. The Indians also held a closed-door meeting after Saturday night's game.

Martinez did not comment on any disagreement with Lee.

"It was nothing," Martinez said of the meeting. "Nothing to worry about. We try to play hard every day. It was just nice to win."

Martinez, an All-Star catcher, made just his 15th start of the season at first base. His RBI single in the fifth put Cleveland ahead 3-0 and ignited a three-run inning. He added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Cleveland won three of four against the Rangers and moved within a game of first-place Detroit in the American League Central.

Indians starter Paul Byrd (8-4) did not allow a hit until Marlon Byrd tripled with two outs in the fourth. He allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Paul Byrd had lost his past four starts on the road against the Rangers. He also had a 9.45 ERA in those outings.

"I didn't really shake the trouble in this park," Byrd said. "I walked three and ran into a lot of trouble. I'm very glad we got the win but I'm a little frustrated with the finish, but we picked up a game on Detroit and I'm fired up about that."

Robinson Tejeda (5-9) allowed five runs, three earned, and five hits in five innings for Texas. Since going 3-1 in April, Tejeda is 2-8 with a 7.93 ERA.

Tejeda acknowledged he's having problems repeating his pitching motion.

"It's hard right now because I'm not getting deep in the game," Tejeda said. "My confidence is still good. The only thing bothering me is the walks. It seems like every time I walk someone they score."

Before the game, Cleveland manager Eric Wedge downplayed Saturday night's players-only meeting. When asked about possible tension between Martinez and Lee, he said: "They had a discussion during the game, but nothing beyond that."

Wedge said Saturday's meeting was good for his team.

"I think it's important for the guys to get together," Wedge said. "They're such a close group anyway. They wanted to get together (Saturday) and that's a good thing. I encourage that."

Texas slugger Sammy Sosa was not in the starting lineup after getting hit in the head by a pitch Saturday. Sosa said before the game that he was fine, and manager Ron Washington said he plans to have Sosa back in the lineup Monday night against the Seattle Mariners.

Rangers catcher Gerald Laird left the game in the second inning with a bruised left hand after he was hit on an inside pitch from Byrd. Preliminary X-rays were negative and Laird's status is day to day.

Adam Melhuse replaced Laird behind the plate.

Third baseman Travis Metcalf's error in the fourth inning put runners on second and third for Barfield, who hit a two-out, two-run single to left to put Cleveland ahead 2-0.

Blake led off the fifth with a double, and Martinez followed with an RBI single to center.

Jhonny Peralta walked one out later. After a groundout, Michaels lined a two-run single to left to give the Indians a 5-0 lead.

Cleveland added another run in the sixth when Barfield scored on a wild pitch.

Byrd escaped trouble in the fifth when he walked the first three batters. But Byrd struck out Metcalf and induced Kenny Lofton's double-play grounder.

"That was a big missed opportunity," Washington said. "Byrd is not known for walking people. We just couldn't cash in."

Texas got within 6-3 in the sixth inning on RBI doubles from Frank Catalanotto and Melhuse, and a run-scoring single from Brad Wilkerson.

Notes

Cleveland 1B Ryan Garko, who has a 15-game hitting streak, did not play. ... Marlon Byrd had three hits.
 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

J. Barfield
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Cleveland

C. Blake
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4000102 .272
Casey Blake, 3B5131000 .272
Victor Martinez, 1B3112101 .323
Travis Hafner, DH4000114 .263
Jhonny Peralta, SS3100232 .281
Trot Nixon, RF4110103 .246
    Franklin Gutierrez, RF0000000 .312
Jason Michaels, LF5112011 .283
Kelly Shoppach, C5110033 .316
Josh Barfield, 2B4232000 .256
Totals37810768  
Batting
2B - Casey Blake 2 (25, Tejeda, Tejeda)
SF - Victor Martinez (8)
RBI - Casey Blake (50), Victor Martinez 2 (77), Jason Michaels 2 (29), Josh Barfield 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Michaels 2 (19), Josh Barfield 2 (15)
SB - Josh Barfield (11, 2nd base off Tejeda/Melhuse)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Blake-Martinez
Cleveland Indians
Paul Byrd (W,8-4) 5.2322330 4.43
Rafael Perez 1311000 2.10
Rafael Betancourt (H,21) 1.1100010 1.20
Jensen Lewis 1000010 2.08
HBP - Laird (by Paul Byrd)
WP - Rafael Perez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 99-66, Rafael Perez 26-14, Rafael Betancourt 21-16, Jensen Lewis 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 7-6, Rafael Perez 2-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-2, Jensen Lewis 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 23, Rafael Perez 6, Rafael Betancourt 5, Jensen Lewis 3
Texas Rangers
Kenny Lofton, CF5000011 .301
Michael Young, SS4010020 .291
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000001 .301
Marlon Byrd, RF4130000 .355
Frank Catalanotto, DH4111002 .228
Gerald Laird, C0000000 .233
    Adam Melhuse, PR-C2111100 .273
Brad Wilkerson, LF3011112 .224
Ramon Vazquez, 2B3000101 .253
Travis Metcalf, 3B4000013 .184
Totals3337335  
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto (9, Byrd), Adam Melhuse (4, R. Perez)
3B - Marlon Byrd (5, Byrd)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto (24), Adam Melhuse (8), Brad Wilkerson (44)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (11), Adam Melhuse (5), Brad Wilkerson (8)
SB - Michael Young (7, 2nd base off Betancourt/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Travis Metcalf (3, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Robinson Tejeda (L,5-9) 5553540 6.61
Willie Eyre 2533110 4.33
C.J. Wilson 1000020 2.66
Scott Feldman 1000010 6.23
IBB - Hafner by Robinson Tejeda
WP - Robinson Tejeda 2 (10), Willie Eyre (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Robinson Tejeda 106-57, Willie Eyre 46-28, C.J. Wilson 11-8, Scott Feldman 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robinson Tejeda 3-9, Willie Eyre 3-2, Scott Feldman 1-1
Batters Faced - Robinson Tejeda 26, Willie Eyre 12, C.J. Wilson 3, Scott Feldman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27227
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt