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Cleveland Indians batter Texas Rangers to avoid sweep

The Tribe blitzed the Rangers for eight runs in the 3rd inning on its way to a blowout 12-3 win.

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Rangers 3, Indians 12

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Indians improve to 21-25

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After the misadventures of the previous two games in this series, the Tribe enjoyed an awfully big adventure this afternoon, crushing the Rangers in an easy 12-3 victory.

The Tribe exploded for eight runs in the 3rd, batting around in great style by virtue of seven hits and two walks. Carlos Santana led things off with a walk and returned later in the inning to blast a three-run homer into center field. In the meantime the Tribe had scored five runs via a two-run double by Lonnie Chisenhall and RBI singles by David Murphy, Michael Bourn and Roberto Perez. The only batters not to record a hit in the inning were Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles, as Rangers starter Colby Lewis was forced from the game without making it through three innings.

That was the first time that the Tribe had scored eight runs in a single inning for over two years, and the party didn't stop there as Chisenhall added a solo homer in the 4th and Michael Brantley recorded a sac fly in the 5th after Jason Kipnis had tripled.

Earlier Swisher had put the Tribe on the board in the 2nd with a lead-off homer, with Bourn adding a broken bat RBI to give them an early 2-0 lead.

While all the fireworks going on with the offense, Carlos Carrasco quietly did a terrific job in keeping the in-form Rangers' hitters under control. There was just one minor blemish, a solo homer by Robinson Chirinos in the 5th as Carrasco racked up eight strikeouts in eight innings, allowing just five hits and a walk in 105 pitches.

Scott Atchison's 2015 struggles continued, as he allowed three hits including a two-run homer by Leonys Martin, but that was the only disappointing performance on an outstanding day for the Tribe.

The Indians now head to Seattle for a four-game series in which they will fortunately avoid Felix Hernandez (who pitched a nine innings shutout today).

Win Expectancy Chart


Source: FanGraphs

After Santana's homer, the Tribe's win expectancy was already at 99.6%, while we were still in the 3rd inning.

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