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Saltalamacchia hits first grand slam; Indians lose seventh straight

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CLEVELAND -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia called his first career grand slam "unbelievable."

Cleveland's Ben Francisco felt the same about the umpires missing his three-run homer.

Saltalamacchia's slam helped the Texas Rangers beat Cleveland 13-9 Friday night as the Indians lost their seventh in a row and pitcher Fausto Carmona to injury.

Plus, Francisco's apparent homer was ruled an RBI double.

The call was the latest in a recent string of botched home run calls by big league umpires that has prompted increasing cries for instant replay in baseball.

"I think every time something like this happens there is more conversation about it," said Indians manager Eric Wedge, who was ejected by crew chief Dale Scott for arguing.

TV replays showed Francisco's drive clearly hit a railing above the yellow home run line atop the left-field wall in the sixth inning. Still, third-base ump Damien Beal ruled the ball in play. The umpires soon huddled and upheld the call.

"It was big and definitely changes the way the game plays out," said Wedge, adding that he has not supported instant replay, but is starting to change his mind.

"The puzzling thing was they all missed it when pretty much everybody in the stadium saw it," Francisco said. "Having those runs taken away hurt."

David Murphy hit a three-run double and Ramon Vazquez had three of the Rangers' club-record nine two-base hits. Texas totaled 17 hits.

"Our offense was resilient," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "They kept coming. They wouldn't stop. They put some runs on the board."

Saltalamacchia connected off Jorge Julio, who replaced Carmona during a seven-run third.

Carmona (4-2) strained his left hip covering first on a ball hit by Murphy to first baseman Ryan Garko. Carmona was slow to the bag and Murphy beat it out for a single, putting runners on first and third with none out.

The right-hander, a 19-game winner a year ago who came in with a 2.25 ERA, threw one strike to Brandon Boggs, then backed off and called trainer Lonnie Soloff to the mound. Carmona flexed his left leg, threw one practice pitch, then walked off. He is day-to-day.

"We'll know more tomorrow," Wedge said. "He'll get an MRI, but he was not able to stay in the game, so obviously it is fairly serious."

Carmona allowed six runs, five hits and three walks over two innings, snapping a streak of 32 consecutive games in which Cleveland starters worked at least five innings.

"You wouldn't think that would happen against Carmona," Washington said.

Julio walked the first two batters he faced, yielded Saltalamacchia's slam, then consecutive doubles by Vazquez and Ian Kinsler and an infield single by Michael Young before striking out Josh Hamilton -- and receiving a mock cheer from fans.

"It felt unbelievable," Saltalamacchia said. "I don't think I've hit one in my professional career. I might have hit one in high school."

A sacrifice fly by Milton Bradley made it 10-3. Julio finally got the third out when center fielder Grady Sizemore crashed into the wall to catch a drive hit by Murphy.

"It's great to have the offense hitting from top to bottom," Murphy said after all nine Texas starters hit safely. "It's great to give our pitchers a little breathing room. You can be up by five runs, but that's not a big deficit to overcome. When you keep putting it on like we do, that can be demoralizing for the other team."

Sizemore's eighth homer, a three-run shot, pulled Cleveland to 11-6 in the bottom half.

Rangers starter Kason Gabbard walked six over 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs and four hits.

Kameron Loe (1-0) pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win in his first outing since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed four hits and one run.

Murphy's three-run double helped Texas take a 4-0 lead in the first. Murphy moved up on a groundout by Boggs and scored on a single by Chris Shelton to make it 4-0.

Francisco had an RBI double and Travis Hafner scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half to make it 4-2. The Indians got four walks in the inning and left the bases loaded when Kelly Shoppach struck out.

Cleveland loaded the bases with none out in the second but got only one run -- on Hafner's sacrifice fly to the warning track in center.

Jamey Carroll had a two-run double off Eddie Guardado in the Indians' seventh to make it 12-9.

The Indians had scored only 13 runs in their previous six losses.

Notes

  • Cleveland's losing streak is its longest since a nine-game slide in August 2004.
  • Bradley was ejected for arguing a called third strike in the ninth.
  • Indians C Victor Martinez was a late scratch with a cut on the middle finger of his left hand.
  • Texas 3B Hank Blalock, out since April 26 with a torn right hamstring, now has a sore right wrist. "We've just got to wait it out," said Washington, who is expected to shift Blalock to first base.
  • Rangers RHP Kevin Millwood, out since May 11 with a strained groin, will throw a simulated game Saturday.
  • Indians RHP Jake Westbrook, out since April 22 with a back strain, threw six shutout innings in a rehab start at Double-A Akron.
  • Hamilton went 2-for-6 and is hitting .528 (19-for-36) with four homers and nine RBI over his last eight games.
 
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia (right) is greeted at home plate after his first career grand slam. (AP)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (right) is greeted at home plate after his first career grand slam. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Cleveland

G. Sizemore
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5111125 .296
Michael Young, SS5110100 .279
Josh Hamilton, DH6120013 .335
Milton Bradley, RF4221121 .327
    Marlon Byrd, CF0000000 .216
David Murphy, CF-RF6333013 .297
Brandon Boggs, LF3120101 .256
Chris Shelton, 1B2212300 .245
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4124103 .229
Ramon Vazquez, 3B4132000 .356
Totals3913171386  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (12, Julio), Josh Hamilton (14, Carmona), Milton Bradley 2 (15, Carmona, Lewis), David Murphy (19, Carmona), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2, Lewis), Ramon Vazquez 3 (7, Julio, Julio, Betancourt)
HR - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2, Julio)
SF - Milton Bradley (2), Ramon Vazquez (2)
SH - Brandon Boggs (1)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (26), Milton Bradley (28), David Murphy 3 (34), Chris Shelton 2 (7), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 4 (11), Ramon Vazquez 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Shelton (2), Ramon Vazquez (4)
Team LOB - 10
Texas Rangers
Kason Gabbard 2.2466631 4.34
Kameron Loe (W,1-0) 2.2411010 3.38
Frank Francisco 1022230 3.24
Eddie Guardado 0.2100000 3.75
Jamey Wright 2000030 3.45
WP - Kason Gabbard (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kason Gabbard 90-48, Kameron Loe 42-26, Frank Francisco 29-17, Eddie Guardado 12-9, Jamey Wright 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kason Gabbard 3-3, Kameron Loe 4-3, Eddie Guardado 1-1, Jamey Wright 1-2
Batters Faced - Kason Gabbard 19, Kameron Loe 12, Frank Francisco 5, Eddie Guardado 3, Jamey Wright 6
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3123202 .261
Jamey Carroll, 2B4212001 .203
Travis Hafner, DH3111101 .219
Ben Francisco, LF5032022 .356
Ryan Garko, 1B5000015 .236
Jhonny Peralta, SS3100223 .212
Casey Blake, 3B3100201 .219
Kelly Shoppach, C3100124 .217
   a- Michael Aubrey, PH1000000 .222
Franklin Gutierrez, RF5220032 .235
Totals35998810  
a-lined out for Shoppach in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jamey Carroll (1, Guardado), Ben Francisco 2 (9, Gabbard, Loe), Franklin Gutierrez (8, Gabbard)
3B - Grady Sizemore (2, Loe)
HR - Grady Sizemore (8, Gabbard)
SF - Travis Hafner (3)
SH - Jamey Carroll (3)
RBI - Grady Sizemore 3 (26), Jamey Carroll 2 (6), Travis Hafner (22), Ben Francisco 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore 3 (14), Jamey Carroll 2 (4)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (L,4-2) 2566310 3.10
Jorge Julio 1.2655311 5.60
Jensen Lewis 2.1311110 3.58
Rafael Perez 1.1111010 3.48
Rafael Betancourt 0.2100110 6.62
Masahide Kobayashi 1100010 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 56-31, Jorge Julio 52-30, Jensen Lewis 39-26, Rafael Perez 14-9, Rafael Betancourt 21-11, Masahide Kobayashi 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 3-2, Jensen Lewis 1-4, Rafael Perez 1-2, Masahide Kobayashi 2-0
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 14, Jorge Julio 13, Jensen Lewis 10, Rafael Perez 5, Rafael Betancourt 4, Masahide Kobayashi 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39947
Game Time - 4:09
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Damien Beal