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Mench's march can't stop Tribe
Mench's streak lives on
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.
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Indians 7, Rangers 6
With one run in and the tying run on third, Bob Wickman retired Kevin Mench to end the game. (Mark Duncan/AP)
Series at a glance:
Indians break through late
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.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: April 28, 2006
TEX
Texas (11-12)
Lost 2
Cleveland 7, Texas 6   CLE
Cleveland (13-10)
Won 3
April 28, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
1 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 1   6 15 1
Cleveland
2 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 X   7 8 1
Standings thru 4/28/06  |  Gameday  |  Rangers Stats  |  Indians Stats
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF3221101.271
Young, SS5110005.367
Teixeira, 1B4131110.286
Nevin, DH5021003.287
Blalock, 3B5022003.348
Mench, RF5111003.333
Wilkerson, LF4120010.210
Barajas, C4010011.172
Jimenez, 2B3010101.205
Totals3861563317 

BATTING
2B: Wilkerson (5, Johnson), Matthews (6, Johnson), Young (11, Wickman), Teixeira (8, Wickman).
HR: Mench (7, 8th inning off Mota, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Matthews 3; Young 2; Teixeira 4; Nevin 2; Blalock 2; Mench 4; Wilkerson 3; Barajas; Jimenez.
RBI: Blalock 2 (18), Nevin (21), Matthews (8), Mench (21), Teixeira (11).
2-out RBI: Blalock 2; Nevin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jimenez; Blalock; Mench 2.
SF: Matthews.
GIDP: Young 2.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
E: Young (4, fielding).
Outfield assists: Wilkerson (Hafner at 2nd base).

 
ClevelandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sizemore, CF4210101.311
Michaels, LF5232001.256
Peralta, SS5111014.219
Hafner, DH2010200.329
Martinez, C2101201.376
Perez, 1B3012102.324
1-Broussard, PR-1B0000000.407
Belliard, 2B4000006.262
Boone, 3B4011020.262
Blake, RF3100112.338
Totals327877417 


1-Ran for Perez in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Michaels 2 (4, Koronka, Koronka), Perez (5, Koronka), Sizemore (7, Cordero).
TB: Sizemore 2; Michaels 5; Peralta; Hafner; Perez 2; Boone.
RBI: Peralta (15), Perez 2 (12), Michaels 2 (6), Boone (14), Martinez (19).
2-out RBI: Perez; Michaels 2; Boone.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Belliard 3; Peralta; Blake.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
E: Martinez (3, missed catch).
Outfield assists: Blake (Teixeira at home).
DP: 2 (Belliard-Peralta-Perez, Peralta-Belliard-Perez).

 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Koronka 5.26444204.25
Bauer (L, 1-1)0.20201003.65
Mahay 0.20002000.00
Cordero 1.021102011.45
 
ClevelandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnson 6.012442103.41
Davis (W, 1-0)1.00000102.84
Mota (H, 4)1.01111114.22
Wickman (S, 5)1.02110005.14

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.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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