Cleveland at Texas

W: C. Wilson (7-4) L: J. Masterson (3-8)
HR: CLE - J. Nix (5)   TEX - J. Hamilton (21),V. Guerrero (19),N. Cruz (11),D. Murphy (3)

Fan hurt in fall from second deck as Rangers thump Indians wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers' offense picked up where it left off in June, even though Josh Hamilton's hot streak at home and their 17-hit attack wasn't on the minds of players after a 12-1 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Both teams were shaken after the game was delayed 16 minutes in the fifth inning when a male spectator fell about 30 feet from the second deck while attempting to catch a foul ball.

Nelson Cruz of the Rangers had fouled a pitch into the club level in Section 235 along the first-base line. The ball hit a seat behind the spectator, who was reaching to snag it before losing his balance and tumbling backward onto the seats below.

The man was taken by ambulance to the John Peter Smith Hospital emergency room, where a team spokesman said he was responsive and able to move all of his extremities.

"I looked up and saw him starting to come down. He hit the luxury box area and came straight down," Cleveland left fielder Trevor Crowe said. "It's one of the scariest things I've ever seen. All I could think about was to start praying for the guy. There was nothing to brace his fall or anything. I was just scared that he might have killed himself."

Indians shortstop Jason Donald looked away when the ball went foul, but the sound of the man's body striking the seats told him that something bad had happened.

"My head was turned, but I heard the crowd react and heard the body hit," Donald said. "I was hoping he didn't die. It was really scary. It puts everything in perspective. This is a game and somebody potentially could have lost his life."

Rangers president Nolan Ryan was thankful that the man seemed responsive and was able to move his limbs. The team did not release the man's name.

"The preliminary indications are that it could have been a lot worse," Ryan said.

Out on the field, Rangers starter C.J. Wilson (7-4) allowed only one run and three hits over six innings, and he got plenty of support from an offense that was slumping. Texas was averaging 2.6 runs in the first five games of July after leading the majors with a .311 average in June.

The Rangers were able to refocus after the game resumed. Vladimir Guerrero added a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning, Cruz and David Murphy also went deep, and Joaquin Arias finished with a career-high four RBI.

"We're pros and we had a job to do," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "As long as we had to go back on the field, we had to get refocused and go out there."

Jayson Nix homered for Cleveland, connecting three times in a span of five at-bats including a two-homer game in Monday night's series opener.

Andres Blanco's two-run double in the fourth off Justin Masterson (3-8) gave Texas a 3-1 lead, and Arias' three-run double in the sixth stretched it to 6-1. Masterson allowed seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Cleveland had won seven of its previous nine.

The trend of hit batters continued after Cleveland's Austin Kearns was plunked three times by three different pitchers in Monday night's series opener. Each team had two hit batters in the first five innings, although the umpires didn't issue a warning to either team.

Young got his first night off this season. Young was the only Rangers player to start the first 82 games -- 81 at third and one as the DH.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus also rested. Texas went with Blanco at third and Arias at shortstop, and both reserves came through with big offensive nights.

"They picked us up," Washington said. "I never doubted that they would. Blanco got us the two runs that put us ahead, Joaquin got the three-run double that extended the lead. The rest of the lineup began to fall into place."


  • Hamilton was June's AL Player of the Month after leading the majors in average (.454), RBI (31), hits (49) and slugging percentage (.815).
  • Indians 1B Matt LaPorta didn't sustain a concussion when he was hit in the head by an accidental elbow from Andrus in Monday night's game. Manager Manny Acta wasn't taking any chances, keeping LaPorta out Tuesday.
  • Indians RF Shin-Soo Choo (sprained right thumb) was examined Tuesday in Cleveland by Dr. Thomas Graham, a hand specialist. Acta said Choo probably won't need surgery and might be back sooner than the projected 6 to 8 weeks.
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Paramedics attend to a fan who fell out of the second deck while trying to catch a foul ball.  (AP)
Paramedics attend to a fan who fell out of the second deck while trying to catch a foul ball. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Blanco
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

J. Nix
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Cleveland Indians
Michael Brantley, CF4010001 .136
Jayson Nix, 2B3121000 .230
Carlos Santana, C3000101 .286
Austin Kearns, RF3000123 .266
Jhonny Peralta, 3B4000004 .248
    Anderson Hernandez, 3B0000000 .226
Shelley Duncan, DH4010011 .266
Andy Marte, 1B4010020 .196
Trevor Crowe, LF4000013 .250
Jason Donald, SS2000010 .276
HR - Jayson Nix (5, Wilson)
RBI - Jayson Nix (12)
CS - Michael Brantley (1, 2nd base by Wilson/Treanor)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Trevor Crowe 1
PB - Carlos Santana (2)
Cleveland Indians
Justin Masterson (L,3-8) 5.1977331 5.22
Hector Ambriz 1.2644012 6.08
Rafael Perez 1211001 4.45
IBB - Smoak by Justin Masterson
HBP - Guerrero (by Justin Masterson), Borbon (by Justin Masterson)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 94-56, Hector Ambriz 41-26, Rafael Perez 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 9-3, Hector Ambriz 3-1, Rafael Perez 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 29, Hector Ambriz 11, Rafael Perez 5
Texas Rangers
Julio Borbon, CF4110000 .281
Joaquin Arias, SS5124003 .284
Ian Kinsler, 2B5021021 .306
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4222013 .330
Josh Hamilton, LF4221001 .342
    David Murphy, LF1111000 .265
Nelson Cruz, RF5121002 .308
Justin Smoak, 1B3120200 .211
Matt Treanor, C4100116 .227
Andres Blanco, 3B5232002 .254
2B - Joaquin Arias (4, Masterson), Andres Blanco (2, Masterson)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (19, Ambriz), Josh Hamilton (21, Masterson), David Murphy (3, R. Perez), Nelson Cruz (11, Ambriz)
RBI - Joaquin Arias 4 (8), Ian Kinsler (28), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (72), Josh Hamilton (62), David Murphy (24), Nelson Cruz (40), Andres Blanco 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Joaquin Arias (4), Ian Kinsler (13), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (34), Andres Blanco 2 (3)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Arias-Kinsler-Smoak
E - Andres Blanco (3, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
C.J. Wilson (W,7-4) 6211241 3.24
Darren Oliver 1100010 1.41
Frank Francisco 1200010 3.79
Doug Mathis 1000010 6.98
HBP - Nix (by C.J. Wilson), Donald (by C.J. Wilson)
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 102-59, Darren Oliver 17-9, Frank Francisco 19-9, Doug Mathis 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 5-9, Darren Oliver 1-0, Frank Francisco 1-1
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 24, Darren Oliver 3, Frank Francisco 5, Doug Mathis 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20428
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Bob Davidson