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Borbon hits two bombs as Rangers outslug Indians

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CLEVELAND -- Rookie Julio Borbon was known as a contact hitter with speed before joining Texas.

Now he's starting to add power to his game.

Borbon hit two of Texas' four homers, Marlon Byrd went 4 for 4, including a three-run homer in the seventh, and the Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 11-9 on Tuesday in front of a sparse crowd in the first game of a doubleheader.

Borbon now has three homers in 70 major league at-bats this season after hitting just nine in 1,091 career minor league at-bats.

 Game 2: Rangers 10, Indians 5

"He's capable of doing that," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I don't know if you'll see him hit 15 or 20 this year, but he certainly has a line drive stroke and sometimes he can catch it and hit it out. I don't think that's something you can look for all the time, but every now and then he'll put a good stroke on the ball. He did twice today."

The two teams combined for six homers and 29 hits and scored half of the 20 runs after the sixth inning. David Murphy also homered for Texas, while Matt LaPorta and Travis Hafner homered for Cleveland.

The two homers for Borbon ended a 5 for 33 skid (.152) that spanned 11 games. He is still batting .329 this year.

"I'm kind of surprised, I'm not going to lie," he said of the recent power surge. "It's just putting up good swings. They weren't bombs, they were driven balls. That's what happens when you make solid contact."

Indians reliever Chris Perez entered in the seventh with a runner at first and the longest consecutive scoreless innings streak among major league relievers at 20 2/3 innings. He walked the first batter he faced before Byrd pounded a 2-1 pitch into the bleachers in left, breaking a 5-all tie. Texas led the rest of the way.

It was the first run Perez allowed since Chicago's Paul Konerko hit a grand slam off him on July 7, a span of 20 appearances.

"He's done a tremendous job for us, but not today," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "You're not going to be perfect, that's for sure."

Jensen Lewis (2-4) pitched 1 1/3 innings to take the loss.

The Indians had tied the game at 5 on rookie Michael Brantley's two-run bloop double off Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz (1-0) in the sixth. Those runs were charged to starter Tommy Hunter, just the second and third inherited runners to score off Feliz.

He entered the day second to Perez with a consecutive scoreless innings streak of 19 2/3 innings. He extended that streak to 20 1/3 innings before Hafner ended that with a solo homer in the seventh.

"He's only human," Washington said of Feliz, who had retired 18 consecutive batters before Tuesday. "I don't think I can remember any pitcher that came to the big leagues and had a 0.00 ERA. He's going to give up something."

Texas began the day two games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race. That's the closest the Rangers have been to a playoff spot this late since Sept. 26, 2004, when they were two games out in the AL West.

An estimated crowd of less than 1,000 witnessed the start of the first game. Monday's rainout pushed the start time up two hours, impacting the late-arriving crowd.

Notes

  • Rangers SS Elvis Andrus extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double in the fifth inning.
  • Texas activated OF/DH Andruw Jones prior to the doubleheader. He did not play in the first game, but was the DH in the nightcap.
  • Prior to the game, the Indians purchased the contract of infielder Niuman Romero from Triple-A Columbus.
  • The Indians and Class A Lake County Captains have agreed on a four-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) thru the 2014 season. The extension runs from 2011-14.
 
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Julio Borbon watches his ninth-inning homer sail out. He has three bombs in 70 at-bats this year. (AP)
Julio Borbon watches his ninth-inning homer sail out. He has three bombs in 70 at-bats this year. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

M. Byrd
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Cleveland

T. Hafner
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Texas Rangers
Julio Borbon, LF4322100 .329
Elvis Andrus, SS4111110 .274
Ian Kinsler, 2B4220111 .255
Marlon Byrd, CF4243100 .283
Nelson Cruz, RF4110133 .273
David Murphy, DH4212113 .266
Ivan Rodriguez, C5023000 .253
Chris Davis, 1B5000013 .208
Omar Vizquel, 3B4000010 .284
Totals3811131168  
Batting
2B - Elvis Andrus (13, Carrasco), Ian Kinsler (25, Carrasco), Nelson Cruz (19, Todd), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (22, Carrasco, Todd)
HR - Julio Borbon 2 (3, Carrasco, Todd), Marlon Byrd (16, Perez), David Murphy (14, Carrasco)
RBI - Julio Borbon 2 (10), Elvis Andrus (30), Marlon Byrd 3 (72), David Murphy 2 (42), Ivan Rodriguez 3 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Julio Borbon (4), David Murphy (16), Ivan Rodriguez 3 (17)
SB - Julio Borbon (13, 2nd base off Carrasco/Marson), Elvis Andrus 2 (26, 2nd base off Perez/Marson, 3rd base off Perez/Marson)
CS - Ian Kinsler (5, 2nd base by Carrasco/Marson), Marlon Byrd (4, 2nd base by Carrasco/Marson)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Elvis Andrus (18, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Tommy Hunter 5.1855120 3.47
Neftali Feliz (BS,1; W,1-0) 1.2311111 0.76
C.J. Wilson (H,15) 1311020 3.29
Frank Francisco 1222001 3.67
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 69-49, Neftali Feliz 29-20, C.J. Wilson 21-12, Frank Francisco 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 5-9, Neftali Feliz 1-3, C.J. Wilson 1-0, Frank Francisco 2-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 25, Neftali Feliz 9, C.J. Wilson 6, Frank Francisco 5
Cleveland Indians
Michael Brantley, CF5122003 .393
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5022003 .313
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5021021 .301
Jhonny Peralta, 3B5110014 .274
Travis Hafner, DH4231100 .278
Luis Valbuena, 2B4111001 .241
Matt LaPorta, LF5222012 .255
Andy Marte, 1B5120002 .245
Lou Marson, C4110111 .238
Totals42916925  
Batting
2B - Michael Brantley (1, Feliz), Asdrubal Cabrera (36, Hunter), Jhonny Peralta (32, Hunter), Matt LaPorta (9, Hunter), Lou Marson (2, Hunter)
HR - Travis Hafner (15, Feliz), Matt LaPorta (4, Francisco)
SF - Luis Valbuena (2)
RBI - Michael Brantley 2 (4), Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (59), Shin-Soo Choo (75), Travis Hafner (41), Luis Valbuena (25), Matt LaPorta 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Brantley 2 (4), Shin-Soo Choo (33), Travis Hafner (12)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo (19, 2nd base off Hunter/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 9
Cleveland Indians
Carlos Carrasco 5855342 12.38
Jensen Lewis (L,2-4) 1.1011110 4.94
Chris Perez 0.2122121 3.61
Jess Todd 1.2433111 10.54
Mike Gosling 0.1000000 6.23
IBB - Byrd by Carlos Carrasco, Murphy by Jess Todd
WP - Chris Perez (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Carrasco 91-54, Jensen Lewis 13-9, Chris Perez 21-12, Jess Todd 36-21, Mike Gosling 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Carrasco 7-2, Jensen Lewis 2-1, Jess Todd 3-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Carrasco 24, Jensen Lewis 5, Chris Perez 4, Jess Todd 10, Mike Gosling 1
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Angel Hernandez