Kevin Mench homered for the seventh consecutive game with a solo shot in the eighth inning, but the Rangers came up shy in the series opener. A walk allowed by Rick Bauer and a Michael Young error set up two critical Tribe runs in the seventh.
In a game with four ties and three lead changes, the Tribe went up for good in the seventh inning without a hit when Victor Martinez walked with the bases loaded, and Eduardo Perez had a fielder's choice RBI. Jason Michaels knocked in another run before Bob Wickman earned the save.
WP: Johnson. Pitches-strikes: Koronka 98-55, Bauer 18-9, Mahay 20-8, Cordero 24-18, Johnson 103-65, Davis 10-9, Mota 25-15, Wickman 20-14. Ground outs-fly outs: Koronka 9-5, Bauer 1-1, Mahay 2-0, Cordero 1-0, Johnson 12-4, Davis 1-1, Mota 0-2, Wickman 1-2. Batters faced: Koronka 26, Bauer 4, Mahay 4, Cordero 5, Johnson 29, Davis 3, Mota 5, Wickman 5. Inherited runners-scored: Bauer 2-0, Mahay 2-2. EjectionsTexas Rangers Third Base Coach Steve Smith ejected by HP umpire Brian O'Nora. (1st). Umpires: HP: Brian O'Nora. 1B: Phil Cuzzi. 2B: Jerry Crawford. 3B: Chuck Meriwether. Weather: 52 degrees, clear. Wind: 18 mph, In from RF. T: 3:20. Att: 22,106.
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