Indians Blast Rangers

Cleveland hits 4 HRs

Cleveland Indians' Tyler Naquin, left, celebrates with Mike Freeman (6) after Naquin hit a solo home run off Texas Rangers' Drew Smyly during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cleveland rookie Zach Plesac allowed only two hits pitching into the eighth inning and the Indians had four home runs, including three in a row for the first time in nearly 15 years, to overwhelm the Texas Rangers 10-3 on Tuesday night.

After Jake Bauers led off the Indians’ seventh with a 389-foot shot to right-center, Roberto Perez and Tyler Naquin followed with homers that measured more than 400 feet. Those long balls came in a span of five pitches off reliever Drew Smyly.

The last time Cleveland had hit back-to-back-to-back homers was at Seattle on July 16, 2004.

Plesac (2-2) struck out six and walked five, the last two free passes to the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters to open the eighth and end his fifth career start. The only run the right-hander allowed came on Rougned Odor’s one-out homer in the fifth. Oliver Perez got a double-play liner and a strikeout to get out of the eighth.

Texas got two of its five overall hits in the ninth, including Willie Calhoun’s two-run homer.

Rangers starter Adrian Sampson (5-4), who was 5-0 his previous six games, allowed five runs (three earned) in three innings.

Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the third, into the upper deck of seats in right field, before a RBI single by Naquin made it 5-0.

Smyly, the veteran right-hander who lost his spot in the Rangers rotation, took over in the fourth and had a 32-pitch inning. A two-run single by Jason Kipnis made it 7-0 right after a double steal.

After the three homers in the seventh, Smyly has an 8.42 ERA and allowed 19 homers over 51 1/3 innings in his 13 games this season.


Rangers second-round draft pick Ryan Garcia, the Pac-12 pitcher of the year from UCLA, signed for a bonus of $1,469,900 and was at the game. The right-hander was 10-1 with a 1.44 ERA with 117 strikeouts in 16 games this season, and 20-2 in 54 games overall for the Bruins.


Indians: Manager Terry Francona said RHP Mike Clevinger had some swelling and discoloration in his left ankle after taking an awkward step off the mound Monday night during his first start since April 7. He will throw a side session later this week. “I think all things lead towards him being OK,” Francona said.

Rangers: OF Hunter Pence, placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained right groin, described his injury as “very minor, not too bad.” … OF Joey Gallo got to the team’s complex in Arizona. Manager Chris Woodward said Gallo, out since June 2 with a left oblique strain, is swinging 100 percent and taking flyballs.


Indians: Right-hander Adam Plutko (3-1, 4.63 ERA) will try to win his third consecutive start. He allowed four earn runs over 12 innings the last two.

Rangers: Joe Palumbo will be recalled from Double-A Frisco for his second career start. The lefty allowed four runs over four innings in a no decision in his big league debut June 8 against Oakland.

Yankees 6, Rays 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Cameron Maybin homered again with his roster spot in doubt, Edwin Encarnacion went deep for his first hit with the Yankees and New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays to extend its AL East lead to 2 1/2 games.

Playing through a mist in a contest that started over an hour late due to rain, New York won its fourth straight and has taken 9 of 12 against the second-place Rays dating to last season.

Gary Sanchez had two RBIs and J.A. Happ (7-3) pitched two-run ball over five innings. Giancarlo Stanton returned from the injured list to play right field and reached into the seats in foul territory for a key out in the second.

Maybin clobbered Oliver Drake’s fastball into the second deck in left, extending New York’s lead to 5-3 in the seventh. It was Maybin’s career-best fourth straight game with a homer and extended New York’s homer streak to 21 games.

The 32-year-old Maybin is hitting .315 since being acquired by the banged-up Yankees in April, but he still may get cut when All-Star slugger Aaron Judge returns from an oblique injury in the coming days.

“I’m thankful I’m here and enjoying every moment of it,” Maybin said.

Ryne Stanek recorded four outs as the opener, allowing one run on Sanchez’s sacrifice fly. Ryan Yarbrough followed and retired nine of ten, his only blip a check-swing single by Luke Voit before being lifted with one out in the fifth.

The Yankees then broke through against Chaz Roe (0-3) behind RBI singles from DJ LeMahieu, Voit and Sanchez to take a 4-2 lead.

Acquired from Seattle on Saturday, Encarnaci¯n’s first hit in pinstripes came in grand fashion, clubbing his AL-leading 22nd homer off Andrew Kittredge in the eighth.

Angels 3, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO (AP) — Tyler Skaggs pitched into the eighth inning, Kole Calhoun and Brian Goodwin hit solo home runs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays.

Skaggs (6-6) went a season-best 7 1/3 innings. He allowed a run and three hits, walked none and struck out six to win consecutive starts for the first time since beating Kansas City on April 26 and Toronto on May 2.

Ty Buttrey got two outs in the eighth, and Hansel Robles finished for his 11th save in 13 opportunities.

Luis Rengifo had two hits as the Angels remained unbeaten in five meetings with the Blue Jays this season. Los Angeles has won 17 of 23 games in Toronto.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost a season-worst six straight at home.

Skaggs retired his first 11 batters before Gurriel hit a two-out homer in the fourth. The shot was his eighth in 23 games since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on May 24.

Calhoun tied it with a drive off the right field foul screen to begin the fifth, his 16th. Two outs later, Goodwin connected to put the Angels in front. The homer was Goodwin’s seventh.

Both homers came off right-hander Marcus Stroman (4-9), who allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. Stroman has lost three of his past four decisions.

Calhoun also homered in Monday’s 10-5 win for the Angels. He’s gone deep three times in five games against Toronto.

Tim Mayza replaced Stroman after Kevan Smith reached on an infield single to begin the eighth. Mayza struck out pinch-hitter Justin Upton, and Rengifo singled before Tommy LaStella made it 3-1 with an RBI groundout.


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