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Carroll caps comeback as Indians edge Rangers

Aug 24, 2008 - 5:46 AM By Jay Miller PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Pinch hitter Jamey Carroll laced a go-ahead, RBI single in the eighth inning as the Cleveland Indians erased a six-run deficit en route to an 8-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

The Rangers used a six-run fourth to take a 7-1 lead, but the Indians responded with six runs of their own in the next frame. Shin-Soo Choo walked with the bases loaded to trigger the outburst and Ryan Garko followed with a two-run single before Kelly Shoppach capped the rally with a three-run homer.

"I just guessed and got lucky. He threw it where I was swinging," Shoppach said after the Indians won their sixth straight. "It definitely is a very pleasing day, to score six right after they scored six. I know that had to take all of the momentum out of them."

Jamey Wright (6-5) threw 1 2/3 innings of relief for the Rangers, but surrendered an infield single by Shoppach, who advanced to second on a passed ball before being lifted for pinch runner Franklin Gutierrez. Carroll then delivered his decisive hit.

"He always puts up a good at bat," Cleveland manger Eric Wedge said of Carroll. "He's going to give himself a chance to be successful and that's what he does."

Rafael Perez (3-3) tossed a scoreless seventh to notch the win and Jensen Lewis struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save.

"It's been our mantra the last two or three weeks, we're going to go down to the end and battle," Lewis said. "It's really paying off.

"This is a really good lineup and they can hurt you a lot of different ways. Especially how the ball flies here, if you don't get it down, bad things can happen."

After a 74-minute rain delay before the first pitch, Brandon McCarthy took the hill in his season debut for the Rangers. The 25-year-old righthander, who had been shelved by right forearm inflammation, became the 15th different starter and the 28th pitcher overall used by the Rangers.

McCarthy threw four innings, surrendering one run, three hits and four walks before Josh Rupe relieved him.

"I told the guys, 'let's get right back after 'em,' and they did," Wedge said. "It was great to be able to come back right away."

The major league-leading Rangers' offense came to life in the fourth. With two on and no out, Marlon Byrd drilled a double to left to score Hank Blalock. Gerald Laird followed with a two-run double and scored on an RBI single by rookie Joaquin Arias.

With two outs and a 3-2 count, Michael Young hammered his 12th home run to increase the Rangers' advantage to 7-1.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CLEVELAND 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 8 8 0
    TEXAS 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 7 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CLE - JEREMY SOWERS, EDWARD MUJICA (4TH), RAFAEL PEREZ (7TH), RAFAEL
    BETANCOURT (8TH), JENSEN LEWIS (9TH) AND KELLY SHOPPACH, SAL
    FASANO (8TH)
    TEX - BRANDON MCCART

    Aug 24 12:48 AM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JAMEY CARROLL SCORED FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CARROLL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 8
    TEXAS 7 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: A CABRERA (.226, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Indians 8, Rangers 7  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 24 12:10 AM
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    Indians 8, Rangers 7  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 24 12:10 AM
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    Indians 7, Rangers 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 23 11:50 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY KELLY SHOPPACH (15) TO LEFT WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF WARNER MADRIGAL SCORED SHIN-SOO CHOO AND RYAN
    GARKO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 7, TEXAS 7
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: A MARTE (.190, 1-FOR-2)

    Indians 7, Rangers 7  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 23 11:17 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN GARKO SCORED BEN FRANCISCO AND JHONNY
    PERALTA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R GARKO ON FIRST, S CHOO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    TEXAS 7 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: K SHOPPACH (.258, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians 4, Rangers 7  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 23 11:14 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO SHIN-SOO CHOO SCORED ASDRUBAL CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S CHOO ON FIRST, J PERALTA ON SECOND, B
    FRANCISCO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2
    TEXAS 7 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: R GARKO (.256, 1-FOR-2)

    Indians 2, Rangers 7  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 23 11:11 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MICHAEL YOUNG (12) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF JEREMY SOWERS SCORED JOAQUIN ARIAS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1, TEXAS 7
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.304, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians 1, Rangers 7  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 23 10:54 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOAQUIN ARIAS SCORED GERALD LAIRD.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J ARIAS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: B BOGGS (.236, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians 1, Rangers 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 23 10:44 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GERALD LAIRD SCORED HANK BLALOCK AND MARLON BYRD.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, G LAIRD ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: C DAVIS (.273, 1-FOR-1)

    Indians 1, Rangers 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 23 10:42 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARLON BYRD SCORED MILTON BRADLEY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M BYRD ON SECOND, H BLALOCK ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G LAIRD (.278, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 1, Rangers 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 23 10:39 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED CHRIS DAVIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, J ARIAS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.305, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 1, Rangers 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 23 10:16 PM
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    Indians 1, Rangers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 23 9:35 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    CLEVELAND 1 1 0 0
    TEXAS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CLE - JEREMY SOWERS
    TEX - BRANDON MCCARTHY

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: B BOGGS (.238, 7 HR, 35 RBI)
    M YOUNG (.286, 11 HR, 69 RBI)
    J HAMILTON (.305, 29 HR, 115 R

    Indians 1, Rangers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 23 9:33 PM