Behind a strong outing from Carlos Carrasco, the Indians avoided a sweep at the hands of the Rangers to close out the six-game home stand with a 4-2 record.
The most encouraging aspect of the offensive explosion was the fact that everyone got in on the action, as all nine starters collected a hit and seven of them drove in at least one run.
Carrasco’s performance was equally important, as he rebounded against a Rangers lineup that roughed him up for five runs earlier this month in Texas.
Other notes and thoughts on the game…
- Kipnis upped his May average to .447, which is currently tied with Tony Gwynn‘s 1997 season for the 11th highest May average (min. 100 PA) in the last 100 years. Todd Helton holds the mark at .512, set in 2000.
- Santana’s home run was the 104th of his career, tying him with Carlos Baerga for 20th on the Indians all-time list.
- Rangers starter Colby Lewis was roughed up for 10 runs in just 2 1/3 innings. It was just the 9th time the Indians have scored 10 off an opposing pitcher in Progressive Field. The most recent victim prior to Lewis was Jerome Williams, who also allowed 10 runs while with the Rangers last season.
- Lewis is just the third pitcher on that list to give up 10 in fewer than three innings. He joins Royals starter Luke Hudson (11 runs in 1/3 of an inning in 2006) and Tom Gordon, also of the Royals, (10 runs in one inning in 1995).
- The Indians head to Seattle for a four games series next. Luckily, they avoid Felix Hernandez.