Chisenhall's 9 RBIs lead Tribe past Rangers
June 11, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Lonnie Chisenhall hit three homers and nine RBIs in a five-hit game to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 17-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday.
The only other nine-RBI game in Cleveland history was by Chris James in a 20-6 victory on May 4, 1991, against Oakland.
Michael Brantley homered and scored five times for the Indians. Chisenhall had two-run homers in the second and fourth innings before hitting a three-run shot in the eighth to give Cleveland a 17-6 lead. He also had an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring double in the sixth.
The offensive outburst put Chisenhall in rare company. He became the fourth major league player since RBIs became a statistic in 1920 to have at least five hits, nine RBIs and three homers in a game. He was the first to do it since Boston's Fred Lynn in 1975, according to the Indians.
George Kottaras had the other Indians homer, and Jason Kipnis drove in four runs. Scott Atchison (3-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win.
Chicago's Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer in a three-run fifth inning as the White Sox ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Gordon Beckham had three hits as the White Sox bounced back from a sluggish trip to Southern California.
Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Eugenio Suarez homered for the American League Central-leading Tigers, who have dropped seven of nine.
At Anaheim, California, Mike Trout drove in a run with a double that originally was ruled a homer, and Garrett Richards pitched seven strong innings as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 in the opener of a series between the top two teams in the AL West.
The Angels' fourth straight victory reduced Oakland's lead 3 1/2 games, but it did not come without some controversy.
Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia was ejected by first base umpire Bob Davidson in the fifth inning for arguing after a call was overturned on replay.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin challenged Trout's towering drive to right field, believing the ball was touched by a fan at the top of the 18-foot wall. Originally ruled a two-run homer, Trout was awarded an RBI double.
The Seattle Mariners blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 after Robinson Cano drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double, while the Baltimore Orioles shut out the Red Sox 4-0.
In other games, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the first inning as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Minnesota Twins 5-4, the Washington Nationals trounced the San Francisco Giants 9-2, the Los Angeles Dodgers downed the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 and the Pittsburgh Pirates were 6-2 winners over the Chicago Cubs.
The Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 and the Houston Astros defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3.