CLEVELAND (AP) -- Rod Barajas was able to block out the late hour
and the late inning.
Barajas, who also homered in the third, drove a 1-1 pitch from
Rick White (2-1) into the Indians' center-field bullpen for his
seventh homer and first career multihomer game.
"I wasn't thinking about hitting a homer," the Rangers'
catcher said. "In that situation, you can't worry about what
inning it is or how tired you might be. You just have to keep
battling and try to get something going."
Or in this case, end a game that finished just 13 hours before
the Rangers and Indians were to play again. Wednesday's first pitch
is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.
Erasmo Ramirez (3-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 11th and
Francisco Cordero worked a perfect 12th for his 17th save in 17
tries. He tied John Wetteland (1999) and Jeff Zimmerman (2002) for
the club record for consecutive saves.
Victor Martinez had three RBI for the streaky Indians, who just
completed a 13-13 May during which they won three in a row, lost
five, won five, lost seven and won four.
Cleveland loaded the bases in the 11th on three straight two-out
walks off Francisco, but they failed to score when Casey Blake was
thrown out at the plate by third baseman Hank Blalock on Omar
Vizquel's attempted bunt.
Blake said Vizquel's bunt caught him by surprise, and caused him
to hesitate before breaking to the plate.
"It just wasn't very heads up on my part," Blake said. "It
might have cost us. It was dumb, but I won't make that mistake
again. That's something I'll put in the back of my mind."
The Rangers suspected something with Vizquel up.
"I've seen him do that several times," Rangers manager Buck
Showalter said. "Fortunately, we talked about it. Hank kept his
poise and made a good play."
Texas starter Ryan Drese was in control for five innings and
cruised into the sixth with a 5-2 lead. But on the third time
through their lineup, the Indians got to their former teammate.
Travis Hafner then brought Martinez around with a double to
Drese, traded from Cleveland to Texas in 2002 along with catcher
Einar Diaz in the deal for Hafner, allowed five runs and eight hits
in 6 1-3 innings.
The rally kept Indians starter C.C. Sabathia's record spotless
(5-0 in six starts) against the Rangers, but continued the
left-hander's tough-luck season.
Sabathia gave up five runs and six hits in six innings.
Cleveland's bullpen has blown four wins for him.
"Looking up there and seeing no wins makes me think I'm
pressing a little," Sabathia said. "I have to throw and attack
Sabathia struck out four of the first eight Rangers and then
hung a breaking pitch with two outs in the third to Barajas, the
No. 9 hitter, who pulled it onto the home run porch above left
field for his sixth homer.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the first on Martinez's RBI
Cleveland dropped to 3-7 in a major league high 10
extra-inning games. Texas is 2-0 in extra frames. ... Indians
pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 14. ... Entering
Tuesday's action, Sabathia (2.89) and LHP Cliff Lee (2.87) led the
AL in ERA. The last time the Indians had pitchers finish the season
ranked No. 1 and 2 in the league in ERA was in 1968, when Luis
Tiant (1.60) and Sam McDowell (1.81) did it. ... Since replacing
Gerald Laird on May 20, Barajas is batting .353 (12-for-34) with
five homers and 12 RBI. ... Indians 1B Ben Broussard is in a