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Blake's seven RBI propel Indians past Rangers

Jun 3, 2008 - 5:52 AM By Jay Miller PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Josh Hamilton has created quite a stir with his early-season production. However, it was Casey Blake's night to steal the headlines.

Blake hit a pair of two-run homers and finished with seven RBI Monday, powering the Cleveland Indians to a 13-9 victory over the Texas Rangers.

The scoring barrage, which led to quick exits for starters Doug Mathis of Texas and Cleveland's Aaron Laffey, included six home runs and 31 hits between the teams.

The Indians jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on Blake's first two-run home run.

"I was just trying to move the runner over (from second) and I got the ball up in the jet stream," Blake said.

After Texas closed the gap to 2-1 in their half of the second, Blake continued to spoil Mathis' first career home start with his second two-run home run in his second at-bat of the night.

"I had yesterday off and I was a little lethargic and I was a little queasy early on, hopefully I'll feel the same way tomorrow," Blake joked. "Seriously, there's no lead here that is safe."

The Indians added a third run in the frame on an RBI double by Jhonny Peralta, plating Shin-Soo Choo from first for a 5-1 lead.

After Hamilton hit a two-run homer to halve the deficit, Blake polished off his first seven-RBI game since July 5, 2003, with a three-run double down the right field line to give the Indians an 8-3 lead.

His seven RBI matched his career high and marked the most by any American League player in a game this season.

Even in defeat, the red-hot Hamilton continued to add to his avalanche of accolades Monday.

Earlier in the day, Hamilton became the first player to receive AL Player of the Month honors for both April and May to begin a season. He homered for the third consecutive game, marking the first three-game homer streak of his career and making him the first Ranger to accomplish the feat since Hank Blalock from May 13-15, 2007.

However, after Cleveland appeared to be on its way to an easy win, Texas stormed back with five runs in the bottom of the fifth against Laffey. Ian Kinsler led off the frame with a double and scored on an RBI single by Michael Young.

After a single by Hamilton and a walk to Milton Bradley loaded the bases, Marlon Byrd tied the game at 8-8 with a 423-foot grand slam to the deepest part of Rangers Ballpark in right-center field.

"I went back and looked at that fifth inning, I really didn't throw a bad pitch," Laffey said. "The home run to Byrd was a little bit up, but other than that, I hit my spots. But, I let the team down and I let Texas back in the game."

The Indians regained the lead at 10-8 in the seventh on a two-run home run by Ben Francisco off reliever Joaquin Benoit.

After the Rangers pulled to within 10-9 in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out RBI single by Chris Shelton, David Dellucci clubbed a two-run homer before Benoit walked four consecutive hitters to force in the final Indians run.

"They have a knack for coming from behind and they did it tonight, but we were able to stay on top," Dellucci said. "Our offense is coming around and we were able to score runs throughout the whole ballgame."

For Ranger pitchers, it was the second straight game to give up 13 runs to their opponent.

"You've gotta pitch," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "I've been saying that from Day One. Our offense is good, but you've got to hold the other team down. We hope we've got it all out of our system the last two days."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CLEVELAND 0 2 3 3 0 0 2 3 0 13 16 0
    TEXAS 0 1 2 0 5 0 1 0 0 9 15 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CLE - AARON LAFFEY, MASAHIDE KOBAYASHI (6TH), RAFAEL PEREZ (7TH),
    JOE BOROWSKI (9TH) AND VICTOR MARTINEZ
    TEX - DOUGLAS MATHIS, ROBINSON TEJEDA (4TH), EDDIE
    GUARDAD

    Jun 2 11:49 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO BEN FRANCISCO SCORED SHIN-SOO CHOO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B FRANCISCO ON FIRST, G SIZEMORE ON SECOND,
    A CABRERA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 13
    TEXAS 9 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: V MARTINEZ (.291, 1-FOR-4, BB)

    Indians 13, Rangers 9  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 2 11:15 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DAVID DELLUCCI (6) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF JOAQUIN BENOIT SCORED JHONNY PERALTA.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 12, TEXAS 9
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: C BLAKE (.238, 3-FOR-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI)

    Indians 12, Rangers 9  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 2 11:02 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHRIS SHELTON SCORED DAVID MURPHY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C SHELTON ON FIRST, M BYRD ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 10
    TEXAS 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J SALTALAMACCHIA (.254, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Indians 10, Rangers 9  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 2 10:54 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BEN FRANCISCO (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF JOAQUIN BENOIT SCORED ASDRUBAL CABRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 10, TEXAS 8
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: V MARTINEZ (.292, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Indians 10, Rangers 8  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 2 10:33 PM
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    Indians 8, Rangers 8  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 2 10:24 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY MARLON BYRD (2) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF AARON LAFFEY SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG, JOSH HAMILTON AND MILTON
    BRADLEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 8, TEXAS 8
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: C SHELTON (.227, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Indians 8, Rangers 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 2 10:00 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 8
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.329, 1-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Indians 8, Rangers 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 2 9:55 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CASEY BLAKE SCORED VICTOR MARTINEZ, RYAN GARKO
    AND JHONNY PERALTA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C BLAKE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 8
    TEXAS 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: S CHOO (.250, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Indians 8, Rangers 3  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 2 9:27 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JOSH HAMILTON (16) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    1 OUT IN THE 3RD OFF AARON LAFFEY SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5, TEXAS 3
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BRADLEY (.322, 0-FOR-0, HBP)

    Indians 5, Rangers 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsJun 2 9:11 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ASDRUBAL CABRERA SCORED SHIN-SOO CHOO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A CABRERA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: G SIZEMORE (.257, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Indians 5, Rangers 1  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 2 9:02 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CASEY BLAKE (6) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF DOUGLAS MATHIS SCORED RYAN GARKO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4, TEXAS 1
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: S CHOO (.000, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Indians 4, Rangers 1  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 2 9:00 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA SCORED CHRIS SHELTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J SALTALAMACCHIA ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: T METCALF (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Indians 2, Rangers 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 2 8:46 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CASEY BLAKE (5) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF DOUGLAS MATHIS SCORED DAVID DELLUCCI.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2, TEXAS 0
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: S CHOO (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Indians 2, Rangers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJun 2 8:31 PM
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    Indians vs. RangersJun 2 10:37 AM