ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- With the playoffs again out of reach for
the Texas Rangers, they can take care of personal achievements.
Gary Matthews Jr. scored three times, Michael Young and Mark Teixeira each drove in four runs and all three reached milestones
Friday night as the Rangers began their final home series with a
12-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
After those top three batters in the lineup, cleanup hitter
Carlos Lee hit two solo homers and added a sacrifice fly.
"You see what a formidable group they are," manager Buck
Showalter said. "We're going through a period right now where all
four of them seem to be locked in pretty good."
Too late to matter this season, since the Rangers (78-76) will
miss the playoffs for the seventh straight year.
"Even though we're not in the race, we want to help each other
out," Young said. "The best way to do that is to win as many game
as we can."
Teixeira snapped out of a 7-for-45 slump with three run-scoring
hits to go over 100 RBI for the third straight season. His two-run
homer in the third that put the Rangers ahead to stay was his 29th,
his 20th since the All-Star break.
"That's why you trust guys like him. When good players and good
people struggle a little bit by their standards, you expected
somebody is going to pay down the road," Showalter said. "Mark
has a real mature grip on the reality of a long season at a young
Matthews went 2-for-4 and became only the second Rangers leadoff
hitter to score 100 runs. The All-Star center fielder, who like Lee
is eligible for free agency after the season, had his 10th
multi-hit performance in the last 14 games -- with 20 runs scored
during that stretch.
Young had two two-run singles to match his career high with 99
Adam Eaton (7-4) won his fourth straight decision over five
starts. Eaton, who missed the first 3½ months of the season after
surgery on the middle finger of his pitching hand, gave up three
runs and 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Only four of the eight runs allowed by Paul Byrd (9-9) were
earned. He struck out three, walked one and hit a batter with a
pitch in four innings.
"We didn't help him out," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.
"He was down in the strike zone early. I felt he was making some
decent pitches, and got a pitch up to Teixeira and one to Carlos."
Matthews had an infield single in the first, stole a base and
scored on Teixeira's single. That was the 99th run for Matthews and
99th RBI for Teixeira.
The game was tied 1-all in the third when Teixeira homered and
Lee followed with his first homer.
"If you play an entire season, you stay healthy, at the end of
the year you're going to put up numbers," said Teixeira, whose 144
RBI last year set a major league record for a switch-hitter. "I
think 100 RBI is one of those statistical points you look at and
say, 'OK, this is what I want to get to at least.'"
Lee's homer leading off the seventh made it 9-3. He has eight
homers in 52 games since being traded from Milwaukee in July, and
After reaching on a two-base error by first baseman Ryan Garko
with two outs in the fourth, Matthews scored on Young's first
two-run single. Teixeira followed with an RBI-single.
The only other Texas leadoff hitter to score 100 runs was Oddibe
McDowell, with 101 in 1986. Matthews matched that mark when he
scored again on Lee's sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Joe Inglett went 3-for-4, scoring Cleveland's first run in the
second when Hector Luna was thrown out trying to stretch his hit
into a triple. Inglett had an RBI-single in the sixth to chase
Eaton, then Luna followed with a sacrifice fly.
Boston's David Ortiz (21) is the only AL player with more
home runs since the All-Star break than Teixeira. ... Teixeira has
136 career homers, fifth-most in major league history for players
through their first four seasons. He trails Joe DiMaggio by one.
The top three on the list are Ralph Kiner (168), Albert Pujols
(160) and Eddie Mathews (153). ... Texas has hit back-to-back
homers 11 times this season. ... Indians C Victor Martinez
stretched his hitting streak to nine games with a first-inning
single. He is hitting .452 (14-for-31) during the streak.