After a pair of huge trades earlier in the day, the Rangers made all the right moves against the Tribe in the series opener. Nelson Cruz blasted a 446-foot solo homer and Brandon McCarthy turned in a stellar start to spark Texas.
Fausto Carmona lost for the first time in July as the Indians' bats went cold against the Rangers in the first contest of a three-game set. Carmona capped his dazzling month with a 1.76 ERA but wasn't able to notch win No. 14 on the season. Ryan Garko went deep in the seventh inning for the Tribe.
WP: McCarthy. HBP: Sosa (by Carmona). Pitches-strikes: McCarthy 90-50, Francisco 9-6, Wilson 22-14, Carmona 97-62, Lewis 25-13, Mujica 10-6. Ground outs-fly outs: McCarthy 6-12, Francisco 0-1, Wilson 0-3, Carmona 12-5, Lewis 1-1, Mujica 1-2. Batters faced: McCarthy 25, Francisco 2, Wilson 5, Carmona 28, Lewis 6, Mujica 4. Inherited runners-scored: Francisco 1-0. Umpires: HP: Jerry Meals. 1B: Adam Dowdy. 2B: Gary Darling. 3B: Larry Poncino. Weather: 81 degrees, clear. Wind: 5 mph, L to R. T: 2:40. Att: 21,811.
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