Indians hit 3 straight HRs, Plesac shuts down Rangers, 10-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jose Ramirez went into the upper deck for his first home run in more than a month. The Cleveland Indians later got a trio of long balls unlike any they have had in nearly 15 years.

While rookie Zach Plesac allowed only two hits pitching into the eighth inning, Cleveland hitters were going deep. Ramirez ended a 29-game homerless drought in the third, and the Indians opened the seventh with three homers in a row to overwhelm the Texas Rangers 10-3 on Tuesday night.

''Everybody's contributing. It's nice,'' said Tyler Naquin, who had the last of the three homers in a five-pitch span off reliever Drew Smyly.

After Jake Bauers led off the Indians' seventh with a 389-foot shot to right-center, Roberto Perez and Naquin followed with homers that measured more than 400 feet. Those were Cleveland's first back-to-back-to-back homers since July 16, 2004.

''Doesn't happen very often, so surely guys enjoy it,'' manager Terry Francona said.

The three-run homer by Ramirez to right measured at 431 feet and made it 4-0. His fifth homer of the season was his first since May 14.

''Oh my goodness. That seemed like that was a lot of frustration all balled up into one swing,'' Francona said. ''That was a loud swing. Hopefully that propels him a little bit.''

Plesac (2-2) struck out six and walked five, the last two free passes to the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters to open the eighth and end his fifth career start. The only run the right-hander allowed came on Rougned Odor's one-out homer in the fifth that was the first hit he allowed.

''Yeah, I knew. But I got down 1-0, had to execute a pitch. I left it up over the plate and he was ready to hit it,'' Plesac said. ''I wasn't thinking about it or anything. I was more worried about executing pitches and attacking the zone.''

Oliver Perez got a double-play liner and a strikeout to get out of the eighth.

Two of the five Texas hits came in the ninth, including Willie Calhoun's two-run homer.

Rangers starter Adrian Sampson (5-4), who was 5-0 his previous six games, allowed five runs (three earned) in three innings. He gave up six runs in five innings at Boston in a no-decision last week.

''It just didn't look like he had a whole lot of life really from the first inning on,'' manager Chris Woodward said. ''It just seemed like he was kind of fighting, not only his mechanics but just the ability to execute pitches.''

Smyly, the veteran right-hander who was starting earlier in the season, took over in the fourth with a 32-pitch inning. A two-run single by Jason Kipnis made it 7-0 right after a double steal.

After the three homers in the seventh, Smyly has an 8.42 ERA and allowed 19 homers over 51 1/3 innings in his 13 games this season.

''He really hasn't been built up and he hasn't been starting, so I don't know if that was just a decline in stamina,'' Woodward said. ''I'm not sure. First inning, he didn't get hit that hard. A lot of bloopers and weak contact. He just left some of his pitches up.''

SHORT HOPS

Indians rookie Oscar Mercado had two hits and scored three times. He is hitting .308 in his 28 games. ''It's 100 at-bats, but it's been a really good 100 at-bats,'' Francona said. ...The Rangers are now 0-3 with a chance to reach seven games over .500. ... Bauers is 11 for 22 with five RBIs the last five games. ... Rangers second-round draft pick Ryan Garcia, the Pac-12 pitcher of the year from UCLA, signed for a bonus of $1,469,900 and was at the game. The right-hander was 10-1 with a 1.44 ERA with 117 strikeouts this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Francona said RHP Mike Clevinger had some swelling and discoloration in his left ankle after taking an awkward step off the mound Monday night during his first start since April 7. He will throw a side session later this week. ''I think all things lead towards him being OK,'' Francona said.

Rangers: OF Hunter Pence, placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained right groin, described his injury as ''very minor, not too bad.'' ... OF Joey Gallo got to the team's complex in Arizona. Manager Chris Woodward said Gallo, out since June 2 with a left oblique strain, is swinging 100 percent and taking flyballs.

UP NEXT

Indians: Right-hander Adam Plutko (3-1, 4.63 ERA) will try to win his third consecutive start. He allowed four earned runs over 12 innings the last two.

Rangers: Joe Palumbo will be recalled from Double-A Frisco for his second career start. The lefty allowed four runs over four innings in a no decision in his big league debut June 8 against Oakland.

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  • W: Z. Plesac (2-2)L: A. Sampson (5-4)
  • HR: CLE - R. Perez (12), J. Ramirez (5), T. Naquin (3), J. Bauers (9), TEX - R. Odor (9), W. Calhoun (3)
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J. Bauers LF52311013.236.314.403.7189.5
R. Perez C51111023.238.333.488.8215.0
T. Naquin RF41221000.277.310.429.7388.0
a- J. Luplow PH-RF10100000.250.321.508.8291.0
M. Freeman 2B50200021.250.377.357.7342.0
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S. Choo RF30000103.281.385.508.8921.0
D. Santana CF40100012.304.341.488.8290.5
E. Andrus SS30000123.298.338.450.7880.0
N. Mazara DH41200001.268.319.436.7553.0
W. Calhoun LF41121011.367.406.7001.1066.5
A. Cabrera 3B40000031.240.323.415.738-1.5
R. Odor 2B41111021.178.256.347.6035.0
R. Guzman 1B20000200.210.296.434.7302.0
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A. Sampson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Martin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bauers (10), M. Freeman (3)
    • 3B - O. Mercado
    • HR - J. Ramirez (5), J. Bauers (9), R. Perez (12), T. Naquin (3)
    • RBI - J. Kipnis 3 (21), J. Ramirez 3 (27), J. Bauers (27), R. Perez (28), T. Naquin 2 (15)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Naquin (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, O. Mercado 2 (2), J. Ramirez, J. Bauers 3 (3), R. Perez 2 (2), M. Freeman
    BATTING
    • HR - W. Calhoun (3), R. Odor (9)
    • RBI - W. Calhoun 2 (9), R. Odor (35)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana, E. Andrus 2 (2), N. Mazara, R. Odor
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - O. Mercado 2 (6), C. Santana (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Freeman-Lindor-Santana; Santana-Lindor)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Guzman (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Plesac (W, 2-2)7.02115612.560.9826.0
    O. Perez1.01000104.291.192.5
    N. Wittgren1.02220212.840.990.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Plesac (W, 2-2)7.0
    O. Perez1.0
    N. Wittgren1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Sampson (L, 5-4)3.06532414.401.40-5.0
    D. Smyly3.16552338.421.91-2.5
    P. Fairbanks1.20001302.450.823.5
    B. Martin1.02000004.561.171.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Sampson (L, 5-4)3.0
    D. Smyly3.1
    P. Fairbanks1.2
    B. Martin1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 102-60, O. Perez 13-7, N. Wittgren 31-22
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 3-11, N. Wittgren 1-0
    • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 27, O. Perez 3, N. Wittgren 5
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Sampson (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sampson 65-39, D. Smyly 64-42, P. Fairbanks 27-18, B. Martin 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 5-1, D. Smyly 3-4, P. Fairbanks 1-1, B. Martin 3-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Sampson 18, D. Smyly 18, P. Fairbanks 6, B. Martin 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    F. Lindor SS60000033.294.358.523.882-1.5
    O. Mercado CF53200112.308.362.495.85711.5
    C. Santana 1B21000312.285.408.514.9225.5
    J. Kipnis DH41230102.219.274.318.5927.0
    J. Ramirez 3B51131005.204.296.313.6098.0
    J. Bauers LF52311013.236.314.403.7189.5
    R. Perez C51111023.238.333.488.8215.0
    T. Naquin RF41221000.277.310.429.7388.0
    a- J. Luplow PH-RF10100000.250.321.508.8291.0
    M. Freeman 2B50200021.250.377.357.7342.0
    Z. Plesac P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-singled for Naquin in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo RF30000103.281.385.508.8921.0
    D. Santana CF40100012.304.341.488.8290.5
    E. Andrus SS30000123.298.338.450.7880.0
    N. Mazara DH41200001.268.319.436.7553.0
    W. Calhoun LF41121011.367.406.7001.1066.5
    A. Cabrera 3B40000031.240.323.415.738-1.5
    R. Odor 2B41111021.178.256.347.6035.0
    R. Guzman 1B20000200.210.296.434.7302.0
    J. Mathis C20000101.154.219.205.4241.0
    A. Sampson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    D. Smyly P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    P. Fairbanks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Martin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bauers (10), M. Freeman (3)
      • 3B - O. Mercado
      • HR - J. Ramirez (5), J. Bauers (9), R. Perez (12), T. Naquin (3)
      • RBI - J. Kipnis 3 (21), J. Ramirez 3 (27), J. Bauers (27), R. Perez (28), T. Naquin 2 (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Naquin (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, O. Mercado 2 (2), J. Ramirez, J. Bauers 3 (3), R. Perez 2 (2), M. Freeman
      BATTING
      • HR - W. Calhoun (3), R. Odor (9)
      • RBI - W. Calhoun 2 (9), R. Odor (35)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana, E. Andrus 2 (2), N. Mazara, R. Odor
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - O. Mercado 2 (6), C. Santana (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Freeman-Lindor-Santana; Santana-Lindor)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Guzman (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Plesac (W, 2-2)7.02115612.560.9826.0
      O. Perez1.01000104.291.192.5
      N. Wittgren1.02220212.840.990.0
      Total9.0533592---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Plesac (W, 2-2)7.0
      O. Perez1.0
      N. Wittgren1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sampson (L, 5-4)3.06532414.401.40-5.0
      D. Smyly3.16552338.421.91-2.5
      P. Fairbanks1.20001302.450.823.5
      B. Martin1.02000004.561.171.0
      Total9.0141085104---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sampson (L, 5-4)3.0
      D. Smyly3.1
      P. Fairbanks1.2
      B. Martin1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 102-60, O. Perez 13-7, N. Wittgren 31-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 3-11, N. Wittgren 1-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 27, O. Perez 3, N. Wittgren 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Sampson (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sampson 65-39, D. Smyly 64-42, P. Fairbanks 27-18, B. Martin 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sampson 5-1, D. Smyly 3-4, P. Fairbanks 1-1, B. Martin 3-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Sampson 18, D. Smyly 18, P. Fairbanks 6, B. Martin 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Calhoun homered to right, Mazara scored103
      • 7TH INNING
        Naquin homered to center101
        Perez homered to right center91
        Bauers homered to right center81
      • 5TH INNING
        Odor homered to right71
      • 4TH INNING
        Kipnis singled to right center, Mercado and Santana scored70
      • 3RD INNING
        Naquin singled to right center, Bauers scored50
        Ramirez homered to right, Mercado and Kipnis scored40
      • 1ST INNING
        Kipnis singled to right, Mercado scored, Santana to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brett Martin relieved Peter Fairbanks
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez grounded out to second
        • Jordan Luplow hit for Tyler Naquin
        • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Luplow singled to center
        • M. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman singled to right, Luplow to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Luplow to third, Freeman out at second
        • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Mercado grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Nick Wittgren relieved Oliver Perez
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mazara singled to center
        • W. Calhoun: Calhoun homered to right, Mazara scored
        • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Odor struck out on foul tip
        • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Guzman grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • P. Fairbanks Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to first, Santana to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez lined out to shortstop
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Guzman walked
        • J. Mathis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mathis walked, Guzman to second
        • Oliver Perez relieved Zach Plesac
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo lined into double play first to shortstop, Guzman out at second
        • D. Santana: Ball, Santana singled to center, Mathis to second
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Smyly Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bauers homered to right center
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez homered to right center
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin homered to center
        • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • Peter Fairbanks relieved Drew Smyly
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • O. Mercado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mercado struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara singled to left
        • W. Calhoun: Calhoun flied out to center
        • A. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to deep right
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Smyly Pitching:
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercado walked
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • J. Kipnis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kipnis flied out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez lined out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
        • D. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Andrus grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Choo out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Smyly Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin flied out to left
        • M. Freeman: Ball, Freeman grounded out to first
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor homered to right
        • R. Guzman: Guzman grounded out to third
        • J. Mathis: Ball, Mathis flied out to deep right
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Drew Smyly relieved Adrian Sampson
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor grounded out to third
        • O. Mercado: Mercado singled to deep right
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Mercado stole second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mercado stole third, Santana to second, Kipnis singled to right center, Mercado and Santana scored
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep center
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bauers singled to left, Kipnis to second
        • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mazara grounded out to first
        • W. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Sampson Pitching:
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mercado safe at first on 1st baseman Guzman fielding error
        • C. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Santana grounded out to second, Mercado to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez homered to right, Mercado and Kipnis scored
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bauers doubled to deep right center
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • T. Naquin: Naquin singled to right center, Bauers scored
        • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Naquin to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Guzman walked
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Mathis flied out to right
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Choo lined out to right
        • D. Santana: Ball, Santana lined out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Sampson Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Naquin grounded out to first
        • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman doubled to deep right
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Lindor struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Sampson Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Lindor struck out on foul tip
        • O. Mercado: Mercado tripled to deep right center
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Kipnis singled to right, Mercado scored, Santana to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to left
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Ball, Bauers grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Choo popped out to third
        • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Foul, Santana flied out to center
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andrus walked
        • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Mazara flied out to deep left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)