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Hamilton's slam sparks Rangers' rout of Indians

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton provided a spectacular capper to the Texas Rangers' most productive inning in almost two years.

Hamilton's third career grand slam highlighted an eight-run fourth and Derek Holland pitched seven effective innings as the Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 9-1 on Wednesday night.

Hamilton's 21st homer and Mike Napoli's 26th were the key blows off rookie David Huff (2-5) in the decisive fourth, Texas' biggest inning since an 11-run fifth against Tampa Bay on Sept. 26, 2009.

"Everybody's feeding off each other," Hamilton said. "Up and down the lineup, one through nine, there are no easy outs. We're focusing on one good at-bat at a time, and it snowballs from there."

Holland (14-5) allowed one run and six hits with six strikeouts and three walks. He has won eight of his last nine decisions, a stretch that began on July 7.

The eight-run fourth simplified Holland's job and continued strong support from his teammates. Texas averages 7.50 runs each time Holland starts, but he said he couldn't afford to relax despite the eight-run lead.

"The big thing is you can't think like that," Holland said. "You've got to go back out and pitch. You've got to stay focused ... [but] that inning was pretty exciting, awesome to watch."

Ian Kinsler also homered for the AL West-leading Rangers, who have won three straight and maintained a three-game lead over second-place Los Angeles, which beat Oakland 4-1 on Wednesday.

The Rangers are 10-1 against the Indians over the last two seasons and have outscored Cleveland 19-5 in the last two meetings.

"That's what a team that was in the World Series last year looks like, a team that will probably win their division," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We have some catching up to do."

Lonnie Chisenhall homered for the Indians, who have lost seven of nine overall.

Huff allowed eight runs - although only three were earned due to a fielding error in the fourth by Chisenhall at third base on Kinsler's two-out grounder -- and seven hits in four innings.

Cleveland's Shelley Duncan made two leaping catches at the wall in left field in the first inning to rob Elvis Andrus and Hamilton of extra-base hits. Then in the second inning, he made a similar catch in the same area to deny Michael Young extra bases.

"Weird, to say the least," Acta said of three standout catches in a short span by a player not known for his defense. "For three balls to go in the same spot in the first four outs, you're never done seeing new things in baseball. He made good plays on those balls."

But in the fourth, Duncan was unable to flag down Young's double into the left field corner that scored Hamilton, who was on first with a leadoff walk. Young has 196 hits as he pursues his sixth career 200-hit season.

One out later, Napoli hit a two-run homer, a 420-foot drive that landed on the grass hitting background in center field. Andrus' infield single knocked in the fourth run of the inning.

Hamilton followed with his grand slam on a high 1-2 fastball from Huff to complete the eight-run outburst.

"He threw me a heater up, I swung and missed," Hamilton said. "I figured he'd throw it again and he did. I got just enough of the bat on it to get it out."

Huff said the pitch to Hamilton "was supposed to be a fastball down and away and I left it over the middle belt high. He doesn't miss very many like that. You don't keep the ball down, you suffer."

Notes

  • Texas 3B Adrian Beltre's double in the second extended his career-best hitting streak to 18 games.
  • The Rangers will start RHP Alexi Ogando (12-8) in Thursday night's series finale against Cleveland's Fausto Carmona (6-14). There had been speculation that Ogando's turn might be skipped or he might be sent to the bullpen after losing his last three decisions, but manager Ron Washington said the All-Star will stay in the rotation.
  • Rangers OF Nelson Cruz took extra swings in early batting practice as he continues to recover from a left hamstring strain. Cruz was activated on Tuesday, and he appeared as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, striking out. Cruz still won't be able to play the outfield for a few more days, although he could be used as a DH.
  • Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo is expected to be activated and start on Thursday night. Choo has been on the 15-day DL since Sept. 1 with a left oblique strain.
  • Texas OF Craig Gentry is 18 for 18 in stolen base attempts this season after swiping second and third in the third.
  • Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco had reconstructive surgery to repair a ligament in his right elbow. Recovery time is estimated at 12 to 18 months.
 
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Josh Hamilton's third career grand slam keys an eight-run fourth inning in the Rangers' rout of the Tribe (AP)
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J. Hamilton
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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kosuke Fukudome, RF4010012 .273
Jason Donald, 2B4000013 .283
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000010 .268
    Luis Valbuena, SS0000000 .205
Carlos Santana, 1B3010120 .236
Jim Thome, DH4010011 .242
Shelley Duncan, LF3010111 .264
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4111012 .240
Lou Marson, C3000120 .229
Trevor Crowe, CF3010001 .286
Totals32161310  
Batting
2B - Trevor Crowe (1, Holland)
HR - Lonnie Chisenhall (7, Holland)
RBI - Lonnie Chisenhall (15)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Lonnie Chisenhall (8, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Huff (L,2-5) 4883112 3.40
Chad Durbin 2211011 4.90
Frank Herrmann 1200110 5.40
Nick Hagadone 1000010 7.94
Pitches-Strikes - David Huff 85-50, Chad Durbin 28-17, Frank Herrmann 21-11, Nick Hagadone 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Huff 4-8, Chad Durbin 2-3, Frank Herrmann 1-1
Batters Faced - David Huff 22, Chad Durbin 8, Frank Herrmann 6, Nick Hagadone 3
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5211001 .251
Elvis Andrus, SS4111011 .278
   a- Nelson Cruz, PH1000010 .270
    Andres Blanco, SS0000000 .203
Josh Hamilton, LF4214100 .296
Michael Young, 1B4111000 .334
Adrian Beltre, 3B4020001 .289
Mike Napoli, C4122012 .310
David Murphy, RF4010002 .274
Yorvit Torrealba, DH3110111 .273
Craig Gentry, CF4120003 .271
Totals37912924  
a-struck out for Andrus in the 8th
Batting
2B - Michael Young (39, Huff), Adrian Beltre (32, Huff), David Murphy (13, Herrmann)
HR - Ian Kinsler (29, Durbin), Josh Hamilton (21, Huff), Mike Napoli (26, Huff)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (73), Elvis Andrus (57), Josh Hamilton 4 (87), Michael Young (98), Mike Napoli 2 (67)
2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus (19), Josh Hamilton 4 (24)
SB - Craig Gentry 2 (18, 2nd base off Huff/Marson, 3rd base off Huff/Marson)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Young
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Holland (W,14-5) 7611361 4.02
Merkin Valdez 1000020 5.40
Darren O'Day 1000020 5.52
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 107-69, Merkin Valdez 17-10, Darren O'Day 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 6-8
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 29, Merkin Valdez 3, Darren O'Day 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38710
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Laz Diaz