Rangers 10, Indians 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Texas rookie Mark Teixeira couldn’t always say he was confident every time he came up to the plate.
Teixeira had only 86 games of minor league experience before making the big league club out of spring training. He now has 17 home runs this season after the first multihomer game of his short career.
“It’s totally different now,” Teixeira said. “I was pretty nervous (at the beginning of the season). Now I feel like I’m going to hit the ball hard every time I come up.”
The rookie wasn’t the only Ranger hitting the ball hard Friday night as Texas scored all of its runs on homers.
Michael Young set the tone for the Rangers, who lead the AL with 164 home runs, when he led off the first with his 10th home run of the season.
“It was one of those nights when everybody came to hit,” Palmeiro said.
It was the third time in club history the Rangers hit seven home runs in a game. The Rangers last accomplished the feat Sept. 21, 1998, against the Minnesota Twins.
The seven home runs allowed by the Indians also equaled a club record. Milwaukee Brewers hit seven off Cleveland on April 29, 1980.
Cleveland’s Ben Broussard hit his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh.
The Rangers’ power surge was more than enough for starter John Thomson, who won for the fifth time in six decisions.
Thomson (9-10) gave up three runs and five hits in eight innings.
“We’ve had some good starting pitching lately,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said. “John really settled into a nice groove.”
After Young’s homer in the first, Rodriguez singled and Palmeiro drew a walk. Teixeira hit a three-run homer off Billy Traber (5-6) to give the Rangers a 4-0 advantage.
Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the second off Traber. It was his 26th home run of the season.
Traber was pulled after two innings. It was his shortest start of the season.
“It just wasn’t his night,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “It was just one of those nights where he couldn’t find it, and they have a good hitting ball club.”
Terry Mulholland relieved Traber in the third and allowed three home runs to the first four batters.
Palmeiro, Teixeira and Greene connected off Mulholland. It was Palmeiro’s 25th homer of the season and 515th of his career.
Mulholland allowed four home runs Friday, matching his career high. The Boston Red Sox hit four home runs off the left-hander May 8, 1994.
“That’s what happens when you put the ball in the right spot for them,” Mulholland said. “I hung a curve to Palmeiro and left a couple out over the plate. I didn’t make quality pitches.”
Greene added a solo home run in the fifth off Mulholland. It was Greene’s second multihomer game of his career.
“You’re going to have nights like this,” Greene said. “Our lineup is noteasy to pitch to.”
Young hit his second leadoff homer of the season. He also did it July 1 against Anaheim. … Teixeira’s 17 homers are the most by a Texas rookie since Pete Incaviglia hit 30 in 1986. … The Indians have lost 11 of their past 15games.