Before the game, Rangers manager Ron Washington had little worries about taking both Elvis Andrus and Michael Young out of the lineup.
And, in the end, the manager showed he knows his team well. Indeed, the Rangers were just fine without their usual left-side infielders and Nos. 1 and 2 hitters for one night, as they pulled away to an 12-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Young's replacement, Andres Blanco, delivered a two-run double in the fourth inning, and Andrus' replacement, Joaquin Arias, had a three-run double in the sixth and finished with four RBIs. Josh Hamilton, Vladimir Guerrero, Nelson Cruz and David Murphy all homered for the Rangers.
With the victory, the Rangers improved to 49-34, while the Indians fell to 33-50.
A scary scene unraveled in the fifth inning. A male spectator fell from club level section 235 and into the lower bowl, an estimated 30-foot drop, after trying to catch a Cruz foul ball. The game was stopped for 16 minutes, as rescue workers stabilized the man and transported him to John Peter Smith Hospital. His condition was not immediately known, though he had movement in all his extremities and was responsive to emergency workers.
Cleveland took an early 1-0 lead off Rangers starter C.J. Wilson, as Jayson Nix belted his third home run of the series in the first inning. But the Rangers answered in the second, Josh Hamilton roped his 21st homer over the left-center-field fence to tie the game at 1-1. With that home run, Hamilton extended his home hitting streak to 26 games.
Texas gained the lead in the fourth inning with Blanco's two-out hit, part of a career-best three-hit game for the utility infielder. The Rangers never trailed the rest of the way as Wilson allowed one run in six innings.