Down 7 and missing Francona, Indians rally to top Texas 15-9
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana each had three RBIs to help the Cleveland Indians rally from a seven-run deficit and beat the Texas Rangers 15-9 on Monday night after manager Terry Francona left the game because he wasn’t feeling well.
The Indians came back after trailing 9-2 in the fourth inning to avoid their first four-game losing streak since 2015.
Cleveland did not provide any other details about Francona, who presented Rangers first baseman and former Indian Mike Napoli with his American League Championship ring before the game. Bench coach Brad Mills came out to fetch starter Carlos Carrasco in the fourth inning.
The Indians scored a run in the fourth, four in the fifth, took the lead with five in the sixth and added three in the seventh.
Chisenhall’s two-run single with the bases loaded put Cleveland ahead 10-9. Lindor, Santana, Roberto Perez and Jason Kipnis also had RBIs in the inning.
Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Joey Gallo each homered off Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco to help build Texas’ lead, but then the Indians offense finally woke up. Cleveland had been shut out twice, went 1 for 23 with runners in scoring position and got swept over three games by the Minnesota Twins.
Cleveland set a season high in runs, matched a season best with 19 hits and was 11 for 28 with runners in scoring position. Every starter except Kipnis had at least two hits.
Bryan Shaw (2-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win. Tanner Scheppers (0-1) allowed all three batters he faced to reach the base.
Andrus added a solo homer off Dan Otero in the fourth after his three-run shot in the second. Beltre had a three-run homer during a four-run first, and Gallo added a solo shot for his 20th of the season.
Carrasco allowed eight runs — tying a career high — in 3 1/3 innings.
Cole Hamels, making his first start since April 26, allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander had been on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique but was activated before the game.
Napoli returned to Progressive Field for the first time since helping the Indians reach the World Series last season. He was 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Francona was hospitalized on June 13 following a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Progressive Field. He underwent a series of tests and was released a few hours later. Francona returned to work the following night.
The 57-year-old Francona missed a game last season in August after experiencing chest pains.
Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (broken right thumb) is eligible to come off the disabled list on July 3, but manager Jeff Banister said his return will be delayed.
Indians: OF Austin Jackson (left quad tightness) had tests Monday. A decision will be made Tuesday whether he has to go on the disabled list.
Rangers: RHP Tyson Ross allowed seven runs over three innings in a 7-5 loss to Toronto on June 21.
Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger makes his first home start since May 31 against Oakland.