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Cruz homers twice as Rangers beat Indians

Apr 9, 2009 - 4:48 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Elvis Andrus reached the majors so soon because the Texas Rangers thought he could help shore up their infield defense.

The rookie showed Wednesday night that he can hit a little, too.

Andrus hit his first career homer, and Nelson Cruz added two solo shots and three RBIs to lead the Rangers past the Cleveland Indians 8-5.

"I said that the kid was not going to be an out," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We've got nine guys in our lineup who can get you. Elvis is not going to hit many home runs. But every now and then, he's going to catch one."

The 20-year-old Andrus, who is 3-for-8 to start the season, was in Double-A last season and he got the shortstop job before the season started. Five-time All-Star Michael Young moved to third base to accommodate Andrus.

The rookie showed off his defense in the opener Monday by starting two double plays.

Andrus homered off Rafael Betancourt in the sixth.

"I just hit it hard and started running," Andrus said. "At first I thought it was a triple. I saw the umpire signal (home run) when I got to second base."

Ben Francisco homered for the Indians, who have been outscored 17-6 by Texas in the series.

Cruz led off the second inning with a home run off Fausto Carmona (0-1), who allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings. Cruz added another shot off reliever Rafael Perez in the seventh that landed in the second level of seats in left.

"That's a good hitting club," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "They've gotten some pretty good swings out there the last couple of days."

Vicente Padilla (1-0), the Rangers' win leader with 14 in 2008, allowed four hits and three runs in 5 2-3 innings to help the Rangers open 2-0 for the first time since 2000. Frank Francisco pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.

"It's always good to start with wins," Cruz said. "Since spring training, everybody has talked about being together and supporting one another."

Coming off a 9-1 victory over American League Cy Young winner Cliff Lee on Monday, the Rangers scored four runs against Carmona in the second.

Cruz hit his first homer to left-center, and Texas then had four straight hits to build the lead.

Chris Davis scored on Andrus' infield single. Ian Kinsler followed with a run-scoring double and Young made it 4-0 on a fielder's choice.

Carmona is trying to rebound after missing two months last season with a left hip strain. After winning 19 games in 2007, Carmona was 8-7 with a 5.44 ERA in 2008.

"I don't really know what happened," said Carmona, who was 4-1 in the spring with a 2.67 ERA. "I just missed up on a couple of pitches."

Ryan Garko was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth to bring Cleveland within 4-1.

Josh Hamilton, who led the American League with 130 RBIs in a breakout 2008 season, drove in his first run of the season with a triple in the fifth. Cruz added an RBI groundout to score Hamilton and make it 6-1.

Francisco hit a two-run homer in the sixth that chased Padilla.

Andrus increased Texas' lead to 7-3 with his homer and he became the fourth-youngest Rangers player to hit his first big league homer behind Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez and Sammy Sosa.

Young and Andrus each made their first error of the season.

Young's came on an errant throw to first in the fifth inning, and Andrus had a throwing error which allowed an unearned run to score in the seventh.

Washington said Texas catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia left the game in the eighth with inner ear inflammation that caused dizziness. With Asdrubal Cabrera at the plate, Washington helped his catcher off the field, and Taylor Teagarden came into the game.






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    Indians 5, Rangers 8  FinalApr 9 9:48 AM


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    CLEVELAND 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 5 7 0
    TEXAS 0 4 0 0 2 1 1 0 x 8 9 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CLE - FAUSTO CARMONA, RAFAEL BETANCOURT (6TH), RAFAEL PEREZ (7TH),
    JOE SMITH (8TH) AND VICTOR MARTINEZ
    TEX - VICENTE PADILLA, JASON JENNINGS (6TH), EDDIE
    GUARDADO

    Apr 8 11:24 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN GARKO SCORED SHIN-SOO CHOO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R GARKO ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5
    TEXAS 8 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: B FRANCISCO (.333, 1-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Indians 5, Rangers 8  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 8 10:52 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NELSON CRUZ (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF RAFAEL PEREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4, TEXAS 8
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: D MURPHY (.000, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Indians 4, Rangers 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 8 10:45 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ELVIS ANDRUS ALLOWED GRADY SIZEMORE TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HAFNER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    TEXAS 7 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.000, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Indians 4, Rangers 7  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 8 10:35 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ELVIS ANDRUS (1) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF RAFAEL BETANCOURT.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3, TEXAS 7
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.500, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Indians 3, Rangers 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 8 10:18 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BEN FRANCISCO (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF VICENTE PADILLA SCORED SHIN-SOO CHOO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3, TEXAS 6
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: A CABRERA (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians 3, Rangers 6  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 8 10:08 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY NELSON CRUZ SCORED JOSH HAMILTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N CRUZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    TEXAS 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: D MURPHY (.000, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Indians 1, Rangers 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 8 9:54 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY JOSH HAMILTON SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HAMILTON ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: H BLALOCK (.333, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians 1, Rangers 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 8 9:49 PM
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    Indians 1, Rangers 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 8 9:46 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    RYAN GARKO HIT BY VICENTE PADILLA PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED VICTOR MARTINEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R GARKO ON FIRST, S CHOO ON SECOND, T HAFNER
    ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    TEXAS 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: B FRANCISCO (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 1, Rangers 4  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 8 9:24 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED ELVIS ANDRUS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, I KINSLER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 0
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.333, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 0, Rangers 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 8 8:47 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY IAN KINSLER SCORED JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, I KINSLER ON SECOND, E ANDRUS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 0
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.500, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Indians 0, Rangers 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 8 8:45 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ELVIS ANDRUS SCORED CHRIS DAVIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E ANDRUS ON FIRST, J SALTALAMACCHIA ON
    THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 0
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.500, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 0, Rangers 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 8 8:41 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NELSON CRUZ (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF FAUSTO CARMONA.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 0, TEXAS 1
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: D MURPHY (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Indians 0, Rangers 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 8 8:34 PM