Rangers score early, often in big win
Saltalamacchia's first grand slam powers seven-run third
CLEVELAND -- The Rangers won and they are back to .500. That's what counts in the mind of manager Ron Washington.Never mind they had to use their bullpen far more than they wanted to and were left to puzzle over Kason Gabbard's inability to throw the ball over the plate. Never mind that this game defied in every way Major League Baseball's renewed quest to pick up the pace of the game and only gave further proof to those who want instant replay implemented. The Rangers were just glad they were able to make an eight-run lead stand up and hold off the Indians for a 13-9 victory on Friday night at Progressive Field. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his first career grand slam and the Rangers set a club record for doubles in a single game in winning their third straight game. "The offense was very resilient tonight, and [it] certainly needed to be," Washington said. "Those other guys didn't stop coming." The Rangers have also won 18 of their last 27 and could go over the .500 mark for only the second time this season with a win on Saturday. The only other time was April 10, when they swept a doubleheader from the Orioles to improve their record to 5-4. They then lost five straight games and haven't had a winning record since then. The Rangers had 17 hits and drew eight walks off of Indians pitchers in scoring in double digits for the ninth time this season, the most in the Major Leagues. The Rangers also had nine doubles, breaking the club record set on May 17, 1996 against the Indians and tied on May 9, 1999 against the Blue Jays. The Rangers tied a season high with 17 hits in a nine-inning game as every starter reached base at least twice and scored at least one run. The Rangers are hitting .349 with 67 runs scored, 21 doubles and 17 home runs in their last eight games. "I think it's just a matter of guys picking each other up," shortstop Michael Young said. "We feel confident in each other. We know if one guy doesn't get it done, the other guys will. We're all focused but we're all loose." Ramon Vazquez had three doubles and Milton Bradley had two despite being ejected from the game in the ninth for arguing with home-plate umpire Dan Iassonga. David Murphy had a three-run double in the top of the first inning that helped the Rangers jump out to a 4-0 lead against Indians starter Fausto Carmona. Murphy now has 19 doubles on the season, the most in the American League.
|"The offense was very resilient tonight, and [it] certainly needed to be. Those other guys didn't stop coming."|
|-- Ron Washington|
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.