Rangers 10, Indians 0
Rodriguez (2-0) pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout and David Dellucci hit two of Texas’ four home runs in leading the Rangers to a 10-0 win Thursday.
“I treat the Indians like any other team,” said Rodriguez, who faced them for the first time since Cleveland traded him to Texas last July 18. “I left everything that happened behind me and I’m happy here.”
The Rangers are delighted, too.
“It was impressive to see him do that against a team who knows all about him,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said.
Texas won for the fifth time in six games and remained in first place in the AL West by taking three of four games at Jacobs Field. The Indians lost for the seventh time in 10 games and were shut out for the third time this season.
Dellucci hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and a two-run shot in the fourth to tie a career-high with five RBIs.
“I’ll definitely take it,” he said. “I felt like I was seeing the ball well, but the big thing is we are all getting hot at once. This shows what we are capable of doing.”
Texas has 29 homers in the first 11 games of a 14-game trip.
Rodriguez walked two and struck out a career-high six in his third start and fourth appearance since being recalled from the minors June 26.
“You could tell he wanted to do well against his old team,” Indians outfielder Jody Gerut said. “He had all his stuff working.”
Rodriguez began the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, but was sidelined from April 17-June 5 after having an appendectomy.
“It’s great to have him back,” Showalter said. “I think we’ll have all out pitchers have appendectomies.”
Young hit the second pitch from Scott Elarton (0-2) over the center-field wall for his 12th homer.
Texas made it 3-0 in the second on Mench’s 12th homer, a ball that right-fielder Gerut got a glove on but could not hold.
Dellucci drew a one-out walk. With two outs, Mench hit a fly ball toward the Rangers’ bullpen. Gerut leaped and gloved the ball, which then popped out and fell to the warning track.
First-base umpire Marvin Hudson ruled the ball went over the yellow line atop the wall that designates whether a ball is a home run or not.
“Their bullpen was laughing because they knew it wasn’t a home run,” said Gerut, who along with Indians manager Eric Wedge briefly protested. “It hit off my glove and came back. (The umpire) made a tough judgment call, but you really can’t blame him.”
Mark Teixeira led off the fourth with an opposite-field double to left. Dellucci followed with a 419-foot shot to center for his eighth homer and a 5-0 lead.
“This was one of the tougher days of the year,” Wedge said. “Ricardo threw well for them and Elarton left some balls up against a very powerful team.”
Elarton gave up five runs and five hits over four innings in his sixth start for Cleveland. The right-hander fell to 0-8 in 14 games overall with theIndians and Colorado this season.
Rodriguez was traded to Texas with outfielder Shane Spencer for outfielder Ryan Ludwick—who has spent all of 2004 recovering from left knee surgery. … Young led off a game with a homer for the seventh time and third this season. … Dellucci’s two-homer game was his second this year and of his career. … Indians SS Omar Vizquel extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a sixth-inning double. … Gerut went 0-for-3 and is 0-for-14 in his last four games. … Cleveland sent RHP Jason Davis to Triple-A Buffalo and recalledLHP Cliff Bartosh from the Bisons before the game.