Texas at Cleveland

W: A. Laffey (6-3) L: D. Nippert (3-1)
HR: TEX - None   CLE - None

Indians 5, Rangers 0

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CLEVELAND -- Aaron Laffey has found his comfort zone -- Progressive Field.

Cleveland's left-hander pitched effectively into the seventh inning to remain undefeated at home, and the Indians beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 Tuesday night.

"Aaron set the tone," manager Eric Wedge said. "He was consistent from inning to inning, aggressive and efficient."

Laffey (6-3) allowed six hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. He did not allow an earned run for the third time in four starts since July 24 and moved to 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in five home starts this season.

"Coming out of the bullpen, I said to Shoppy [catcher Kelly Shoppach], 'It feels like I just pitched yesterday,"' Laffey said. "It's good to stay in rhythm."

In his outing six days earlier, Laffey gave up an unearned run in a career-high eight innings.

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The resurgent Indians improved to 13-6 since losing 21 of 28 from June 15 to July 19. Texas came in tied with Boston for the wild card lead in the AL, but fell to 3-5 in August.

"Obviously, we're a completely different ballclub," Wedge said of the Indians, who dealt away several veterans for young, low-cost prospects just before the trading deadline. "But the kids are fun to watch, hungry and learning. They take pride in trying to win as many games as possible."

Dustin Nippert (3-1) struck out a career-high 10 over six innings for Texas -- a dominating performance except for the third inning, when Cleveland's first five batters scored.

"That third inning was a disaster, I guess," Nippert said. "I don't know what happened."

Grady Sizemore and Asdrubal Cabrera each singled and Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jhonny Peralta drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 1-0, Travis Hafner had an RBI single, Luis Valbuena a two-run double and Trevor Crowe capped the rally with a sacrifice fly for a 5-0 lead.

"The walk to Peralta was big," Nippert said. "It was all downhill from there. I threw a lot of pitches. It felt like when I tried harder they hit harder."

Nippert threw 31 pitches in the third, then came back to strike out the side on 14 pitches in the fourth and work two more hitless innings.

"He showed something right there," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He put three zeroes up there. It could have been worse."

Joe Smith gave up one hit over one inning and Tony Sipp retired all four batters he faced, three on strikeouts, to finish Cleveland's fifth shutout. Texas has been shut out six times.

Laffey was helped by several good defensive plays in the infield and a sliding catch by right fielder Choo that took a hit away from former Indians All-Star Omar Vizquel in the fifth.

Texas loaded the bases in the first with the help of two walks, but Laffey got Josh Hamilton to hit into an inning-ending double play.

"If I give up one or two runs there, it's all different," Laffey said. "To get a groundball there was huge. I actually missed my location, but he hit in on the ground. That's baseball. A few innings later, I threw a pitch a couple inches off the ground and [Hank] Blalock hit it for a triple."

In the seventh, Cabrera glided behind second base from his shortstop position to grab a sharp grounder and throw out Jarrod Saltalamacchia. On the next play, Cabrera ranged near the bag and threw out speedy Elvis Andrus. The throw was scooped out of the dirt by first baseman Andy Marte and Washington came out to protest that Andrus had beaten the throw.

The fielding gems were reminiscent of those made by Vizquel for 11 years through 2004 as a gold glove shortstop for the Indians. Vizquel played second base for the Rangers and got a standing ovation when he led off the game from Cleveland fans who fondly remember the 42-year-old. Vizquel went 2 for 4 and was also cheered on both of his singles.


  • Texas 2B Ian Kinsler will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco on Wednesday and could return Friday to the Rangers. Kinsler has been out since July 28 with a strained left hamstring.
  • Texas lost minor league RHP John Bannister to Kansas City on a waiver claim.
  • Indians RHP Jake Westbrook, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2008, will not pitch again this season. He had soreness in a recent rehab start in the minors.
  • Cabrera has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games, going 30 for 86 (.349).
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Players of the Game

L. Valbuena
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0

A. Laffey
IP 6.2
H 6
ER 0
BB 3
K 2

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Texas Rangers
Omar Vizquel, 2B4020002 .294
Michael Young, 3B4000002 .320
Marlon Byrd, CF3000100 .282
Andruw Jones, DH3000120 .221
Josh Hamilton, RF4020001 .239
Hank Blalock, 1B4010002 .246
David Murphy, LF4010012 .272
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3000111 .238
Elvis Andrus, SS4010022 .261
3B - Hank Blalock (3, Laffey)
Team LOB - 9
E - Elvis Andrus (15, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Dustin Nippert (L,3-1) 66552100 3.62
Doug Mathis 2000010 2.79
HBP - Choo (by Dustin Nippert), Peralta (by Dustin Nippert)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Nippert 104-70, Doug Mathis 28-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Nippert 4-4, Doug Mathis 2-3
Batters Faced - Dustin Nippert 28, Doug Mathis 6
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4110020 .232
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4110010 .311
Shin-Soo Choo, RF3110010 .298
Jhonny Peralta, 3B2101111 .273
Travis Hafner, DH4111000 .273
Luis Valbuena, 2B3012101 .239
Kelly Shoppach, C4010033 .218
Trevor Crowe, LF2001002 .222
Andy Marte, 1B3000033 .222
2B - Luis Valbuena (17, Nippert)
SF - Trevor Crowe (2)
RBI - Jhonny Peralta (60), Travis Hafner (30), Luis Valbuena 2 (17), Trevor Crowe (10)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo (17, 2nd base off Nippert/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Valbuena-A. Cabrera-Marte
Cleveland Indians
Aaron Laffey (W,6-3) 6.2600320 3.25
Joe Smith 1100010 3.46
Tony Sipp 1.1000030 4.22
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Laffey 104-69, Joe Smith 17-15, Tony Sipp 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Laffey 7-10, Joe Smith 2-0, Tony Sipp 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Laffey 28, Joe Smith 4, Tony Sipp 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21870
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Tony Randazzo