Cleveland at Texas

W: S. Atchison (3-0) L: N. Martinez (1-3)
HR: CLE - G. Kottaras (3),L. Chisenhall (5),M. Brantley (10),L. Chisenhall (6),L. Chisenhall (7)   TEX - M. Choice (6),R. Chirinos (4)

Indians' Chisenhall blasts three home runs, knocks in nine wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Maybe there's a little Lonnie Baseball to go with Johnny Football in Cleveland.

Lonnie Chisenhall left quite an impression in Johnny Manziel's home state.

Chisenhall had nine RBI and three home runs in a five-hit game, Michael Brantley scored five times and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 17-7 on Monday night.

"I know a day like today is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Chisenhall, who raised his batting average to .385 but needs more plate appearances to quality for the league lead. "I'm enjoying it as much as I can. I don't know the history of it, who's done it in the past."

The history is pretty exclusive.

Major League Baseball said it was the first time a player went 5 for 5 with three homers and nine RBI, since the RBI became a statistic in 1920. He also is only the fourth big leaguer to have at least five hits, nine RBI and three home runs in a game -- first since Boston's Fred Lynn in 1975, according to STATS.

"He just wasn't missing," Rangers manager Ron Washington said, who team is winless in the past seven series at home. "Breaking balls, fastballs, it didn't matter."

The only other nine-RBI game in Cleveland history was by Chris James in a 20-6 victory against Oakland on May 4, 1991.

Chisenhall, who had the second multihomer game of his career, finished 10 for 17 with four home runs and 13 RBI in a trip to Texas that ended with Cleveland's first road winning streak of the season.

Before his third home run, Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis danced in the dugout together during a brief break after home plate umpire Jim Wolf was knocked out of the game when he was hit in the mask by a foul ball.

Maybe they knew what was coming.

"As hard as it is to beat those dance moves, his swing was prettier," Kipnis said. "He's attacking the ball right now, and he's swinging at the right pitches and he's learning about himself as a hitter. Right now, he's in one of those zones when he attacks and he's just not missing."

The Indians won three straight in the four-game set after coming to the Lone Star State with the worst road record in the majors. They're headed to Kansas City to continue the first of three 10-game trips this season.

Cleveland hit five homers, won for the ninth time in 10 games and pulled within two games of Detroit only three weeks after trailing by 10½. Chisenhall had two-run homers in the second and fourth innings before hitting a three-run shot down the right-field line in the eighth to give the Indians a 17-6 lead.

It was his second home run off Texas reliever Scott Baker, who was trying to give the Rangers a long outing but allowed 11 hits and nine runs in five innings.

"I mean, he's fouled off about four pitches were out of the strike zone and then just gets something that he can handle," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "He feels good about himself. Again, I'm stating the obvious."

Chisenhall had the first three-homer game for the Indians since Sept. 17, 2010, by Shin-Soo Choo, who now plays for the Rangers. The left-handed hitter had an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring double in the sixth.

The home runs and RBI were career highs for Chisenhall. He had five hits earlier this season at Toronto.

Texas right-hander Nick Martinez (1-3) gave up eight runs in two innings in a matchup of rookie starters. Cleveland left-hander T.J. House didn't make it to the fifth inning and missed a chance for his first major-league victory despite taking a 9-1 lead into the third.

Scott Atchison (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Brantley tied his career high with his 10th home run for a 10-4 lead in the fourth and reached base all five times. George Kottaras had the other Cleveland home run, his third.

Texas' Alex Rios, who went 2 for 4 and is the AL's top hitter at .335, had his league-leading eighth triple, driving home Adrian Beltre in the third. Michael Choice hit his third home run in the past five games, giving him six for the season.

Jason Kipnis had three singles and four RBI for the Indians, including a two-run single in a five-run second inning.


The others with five hits, three home runs and 9 RBI since 1920, according to STATS, were Gil Hodges for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 against the Boston Braves and Walker Cooper for Cincinnati against the Chicago Cubs in 1949. ... Chisenhall's outburst was the first with at least three home runs and nine RBI in the majors since the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez had three home runs and 10 RBI against the Los Angeles Angels on April 26, 2005.

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Lonnie Chisenhall receives congratulations in the third inning after belting the first of his three home runs.  (USATSI)
Lonnie Chisenhall receives congratulations in the third inning after belting the first of his three home runs. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

L. Chisenhall
AB 5
R 3
H 5
HR 3

J. Kipnis
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0

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Attendance - 29362
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Mark Ripperger, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom