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Garko leads balanced attack as Indians rout Rangers

Jun 5, 2008 - 9:37 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Ryan Garko went 4-for-5 and drove in a career-best six runs as the Cleveland Indians posted a 15-9 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

David Dellucci had three RBI and Victor Martinez plated two runs for the Indians, who pounded out 17 hits to improve to 3-3 on their 11-game road swing.

It was Garko's most productive output at the plate since driving in five runs during a win over the Chicago White Sox on September 26, 2006.

"He likes hitting in the middle of the lineup," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "For him to come through multiple times was key for us."

Cleveland's Ben Francisco had a career-high five hits and scored on three of Garko's hits.

"It's fun hitting behind guys who are hot," Garko said. "Every time I came up, (runners) were on base. When the guys around you are hitting, it makes your at-bats easier."

The 27-year-old got things started in the second inning against Texas starter Sidney Ponson, who surrendered an RBI single to Garko which capped a four-run frame for Cleveland.

With starter Cliff Lee unable to hold the 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third, Cleveland countered as Grady Sizemore hit his 12th homer of the season and Garko added another RBI single for a 6-5 lead.

While Cleveland got to Ponson for six runs through the first four innings, it was reliever Elizardo Ramirez (0-1) that endured the most damage in this one.

In the sixth, the Indians scored five times, highlighted by Dellucci's three-run blast - his seventh - to right against Ramirez.

"We've been swinging the bats better lately," Wedge said. "We're doing a much better job with runners in scoring position. We've been making a lot more consistent contact in the past week or so."

Cleveland continued to punish the 25-year-old Ramirez as Martinez, Garko and Casey Blake plated all four runs in the seventh to create a nine-run lead.

"Our bullpen was down, we didn't have anybody," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "(Ramirez) got some pitches up and over the plate and they hit 'em."

Lee (9-1) struggled for the second straight outing, allowing six runs and nine hits in five frames. The lefthander struck out eight and walked two in his second win over Texas this season.

"You're definitely going to score some runs in this park, but I'm still trying to put up zeroes," said Lee, who saw his ERA jump from 1.88 to 2.45. "It's a tough place to pitch."

Milton Bradley drove in three runs and Michael Young and Gerald Laird both added two apiece for the Rangers, who fell below .500 at 30-31 on the season.

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler pushed his hitting streak to 19 games with a leadoff triple in the first.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CLEVELAND 0 4 0 2 0 5 4 0 0 15 17 0
    TEXAS 1 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 13 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CLE - CLIFF LEE, RAFAEL BETANCOURT (6TH), MASAHIDE KOBAYASHI (7TH),
    RICK BAUER (9TH) AND VICTOR MARTINEZ
    TEX - SIDNEY PONSON, ELIZARDO RAMIREZ (5TH), KAMERON
    LOE (

    Jun 4 11:44 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GERALD LAIRD SCORED MILTON BRADLEY AND MARLON
    BYRD.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, G LAIRD ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 15
    TEXAS 9 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: B BOGGS (.280, 2-FOR-4, RBI)

    Indians 15, Rangers 9  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 4 11:40 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MILTON BRADLEY SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M BRADLEY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 15
    TEXAS 7 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.222, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Indians 15, Rangers 7  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 4 11:36 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CASEY BLAKE SCORED RYAN GARKO.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, C BLAKE ON FIRST, D DELLUCCI ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 15
    TEXAS 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: S CHOO (.364, 1-FOR-4)

    Indians 15, Rangers 6  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 4 10:48 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN GARKO SCORED BEN FRANCISCO AND VICTOR
    MARTINEZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R GARKO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 14
    TEXAS 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.236, 0-FOR-4)

    Indians 14, Rangers 6  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 4 10:40 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY VICTOR MARTINEZ SCORED GRADY SIZEMORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, V MARTINEZ ON SECOND, B FRANCISCO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 12
    TEXAS 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: R GARKO (.257, 3-FOR-3, BB, 4 RBI)

    Indians 12, Rangers 6  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 4 10:38 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY DAVID DELLUCCI (7) TO RIGHT WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF ELIZARDO RAMIREZ SCORED VICTOR MARTINEZ AND RYAN
    GARKO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 11, TEXAS 6
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: C BLAKE (.227, 0-FOR-3)

    Indians 11, Rangers 6  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 4 10:17 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN GARKO SCORED JAMEY CARROLL AND BEN
    FRANCISCO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R GARKO ON FIRST, V MARTINEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 8
    TEXAS 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.237, 0-FOR-3)

    Indians 8, Rangers 6  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 4 10:12 PM
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    Indians 6, Rangers 6  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 4 9:57 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY BRANDON BOGGS SCORED MARLON BYRD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BOGGS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 6
    TEXAS 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: C SHELTON (.229, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians 6, Rangers 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 4 9:55 PM
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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN GARKO SCORED BEN FRANCISCO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R GARKO ON FIRST, V MARTINEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 6
    TEXAS 5 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.239, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians 6, Rangers 5  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 4 9:27 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY GRADY SIZEMORE (12) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF SIDNEY PONSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5, TEXAS 5
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: B FRANCISCO (.327, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Indians 5, Rangers 5  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 4 9:23 PM
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    Indians 4, Rangers 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsJun 4 9:16 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MILTON BRADLEY (12) TO CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF CLIFF LEE SCORED JOSH HAMILTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4, TEXAS 5
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.217, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Indians 4, Rangers 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsJun 4 9:11 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH HAMILTON SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J HAMILTON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BRADLEY (.323, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Indians 4, Rangers 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsJun 4 9:10 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.328, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 4, Rangers 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsJun 4 9:05 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN GARKO SCORED GRADY SIZEMORE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, R GARKO ON FIRST, B FRANCISCO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.240, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 4, Rangers 1  Top 2, 0 OutsJun 4 8:47 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY VICTOR MARTINEZ SCORED ASDRUBAL CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B FRANCISCO ON FIRST, G SIZEMORE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: R GARKO (.244, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Indians 3, Rangers 1  Top 2, 0 OutsJun 4 8:45 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BEN FRANCISCO SCORED SHIN-SOO CHOO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B FRANCISCO ON FIRST, G SIZEMORE ON SECOND,
    A CABRERA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: V MARTINEZ (.286, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 2, Rangers 1  Top 2, 0 OutsJun 4 8:44 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY MILTON BRADLEY ALLOWED CASEY BLAKE TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S CHOO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: A CABRERA (.193, 1 HR, 14 RBI)

    Indians 1, Rangers 1  Top 2, 0 OutsJun 4 8:36 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 0
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.329, 17 HR, 67 RBI)

    Indians 0, Rangers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 4 8:21 PM
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