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Cleveland (60-77)000012200572

Rangers sweep Indians as Byrd has seven hits in twin bill

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CLEVELAND -- The Texas Rangers' offense limped into a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians having gone scoreless in 15 straight innings.

The Indians pitching cured that quickly.

Marlon Byrd set a franchise record with seven hits in the doubleheader to help Texas complete the two-game sweep over Cleveland on Tuesday night with a 10-5 win.

Rangers pulled within two games of Boston for the AL wild card. Texas came to Cleveland having dropped two straight to the last-place Baltimore Orioles over the weekend.

 Game 1: Rangers 11, Indians 9

"It's pretty good to get back on track and win some ballgames," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Our bats woke up a little bit today."

Texas' Chris Davis went 3 for 4 in the nightcap, including a three-run homer. Byrd raised his average 10 points in the two games to .286 while setting a club record for most hits in a doubleheader. He went 3 for 5 in the nightcap.

"It seems like this team forgets about the day before, comes out and gets it done," Byrd said. "Everyone swung the bat well. Everyone had the right approach up and down the lineup."

Indians starter Aaron Laffey (7-5) lasted just 3 1/3 innings in the nightcap, equaling the shortest start of his career. He was charged with seven runs and 12 hits.

"They knocked the ball around all day," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "We fought back in both games, but kept letting it slip away. We're going to come to play until this season is done. We didn't play particularly well, but we played our tails off."

Brandon McCarthy (7-2) started the second game and didn't allow a hit until the fourth, but tired quickly. He was making his second start after spending three months on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his right shoulder blade. McCarthy was charged with five runs in 6 1/3 innings, allowing a solo homer to Kelly Shoppach in the fifth and a two-run blast to Asdrubal Cabrera in the sixth.

"I feel good, I feel consistent, I feel I'm where I need to be," McCarthy said. "When you have a team down like that, you can't let them back up. But outside of that, everything else feels good."

The teams combined for 54 hits and nine home runs in the two games.

The official attendance for the day was 12,976.

Notes

  • Indians RHP Joe Smith, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 29, is battling a sore left knee. He is hoping to return sometime next week.
  • CF Michael Brantley is the second Indians player in the last 50 years to hit safely in each of his first eight games. Josh Bard hit in his first nine in 2002.
  • C Lou Marson made his major league debut in the first game, going 1 for 4.
 
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Marlon Byrd (pictured in Game 1) goes 3 for 5 in the second game to finish with seven total hits. (AP)
Marlon Byrd (pictured in Game 1) goes 3 for 5 in the second game to finish with seven total hits. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

C. Davis
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Cleveland

K. Shoppach
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5131002 .259
Elvis Andrus, SS5011002 .273
Marlon Byrd, CF5030012 .286
Andruw Jones, DH5011003 .217
Nelson Cruz, RF5220012 .274
David Murphy, LF5221011 .268
Taylor Teagarden, C4220111 .210
Chris Davis, 1B4234000 .215
Esteban German, 3B5112023 .150
Totals4310181016  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (26, Laffey), Elvis Andrus (14, Laffey), Nelson Cruz (20, Laffey), David Murphy (19, Ohka), Taylor Teagarden (9, Laffey)
HR - Chris Davis (18, Veras)
SF - Chris Davis (2)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (79), Elvis Andrus (31), Andruw Jones (42), David Murphy (43), Chris Davis 4 (48), Esteban German 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Davis 3 (20)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Elvis Andrus (19, Misplayed grounder), Esteban German (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Brandon McCarthy (W,7-2) 6.1555242 4.81
Eddie Guardado0100000 4.19
Jason Grilli (H,7) 0.2000020 4.71
C.J. Wilson (H,16) 0.2100100 3.25
Darren O'Day (S,2) 1.1000020 1.76
WP - Eddie Guardado (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 105-70, Eddie Guardado 2-1, Jason Grilli 12-9, C.J. Wilson 11-5, Darren O'Day 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 7-9, C.J. Wilson 1-1, Darren O'Day 3-0
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 27, Eddie Guardado 1, Jason Grilli 2, C.J. Wilson 4, Darren O'Day 5
Cleveland Indians
Michael Brantley, CF5011012 .364
Jamey Carroll, 3B4110011 .289
   a- Niuman Romero, PH1000011 .000
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5112013 .312
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4010011 .300
Jhonny Peralta, DH4000011 .272
Luis Valbuena, 2B4010011 .241
Matt LaPorta, LF3000100 .248
    Trevor Crowe, PR-LF0000000 .208
Chris Gimenez, 1B2100110 .154
   b- Andy Marte, PH-1B1000002 .243
Kelly Shoppach, C3221100 .214
Totals3657438  
a-struck out for Carroll in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Gimenez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kelly Shoppach (13, McCarthy)
HR - Asdrubal Cabrera (6, McCarthy), Kelly Shoppach (11, McCarthy)
RBI - Michael Brantley (5), Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (61), Kelly Shoppach (36)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Shoppach (11)
SB - Michael Brantley (2, 2nd base off Grilli/Teagarden)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Carroll, A. Cabrera-Valbuena-Gimenez
E - Matt LaPorta (2, Throwing), Andy Marte (2, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Aaron Laffey (L,7-5) 3.11276110 3.79
Tomo Ohka 4.2400030 5.52
Jose Veras 1230021 6.20
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Laffey 61-44, Tomo Ohka 53-38, Jose Veras 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Laffey 6-2, Tomo Ohka 5-5, Jose Veras 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Laffey 22, Tomo Ohka 17, Jose Veras 6
Game Information
Attendance - 12976
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Adrian Johnson