Santana, Carrasco Lead Indians Past Rangers 12-3

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An eight-run inning can quickly change a team’s outlook.
    
That’s what happened to the Cleveland Indians in Wednesday’s 12-3 win over the Texas Rangers.
    
Carlos Santana capped an eight-run third with a three-run homer and the Indians ended the Rangers’ seven-game winning streak with a decisive victory.
    
“Any time you put up eight, that makes for a good day,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of his team’s 17-hit attack. “That was good. We spread it out. Everybody swung the bat.”
    
Carlos Carrasco (6-4) allowed only Robinson Chirinos’ solo homer in the fifth while pitching eight sharp innings. The right-hander held Texas to five hits and struck out eight.
    
Santana, who was hit by a pitch on the left wrist Tuesday, ended Lewis’ day by drilling a 2-0 pitch to dead center for his sixth home run of the season.
    
Francona thought the worst when Santana was hit by Shawn Tolleson’s pitch in the ninth inning Tuesday. Even though X-rays following the game were negative, Francona wasn’t sure Santana would play Wednesday until the two talked before the game.
    
“That’s pretty amazing,” Francona said. “He’s a pretty tough kid. I bet (the wrist) didn’t feel THAT great.”
    
Jason Kipnis was 3 for 5 and is batting .447 (46 for 103) in May. Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits, including a homer, and drove three runs, Nick Swisher also homered and Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBIs.
    
Despite the support, Carrasco tried to keep his mind on the Rangers hitters.
    
“That was good, but you know what, I never think about that,” he said. “I just continue to try to throw zeroes.”
    
Texas starter Colby Lewis (4-3) allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in 2 2-3 innings. He was chased in the third when the Indians sent 12 men to the plate.
    
Josh Hamilton singled in the seventh for his first hit since returning to the Rangers on Monday, but was thrown out by left fielder Mike Aviles trying for a double. Hamilton is 1 for 11 in three games after being acquired from the Angels on April 27.
    
Hamilton, who had offseason shoulder surgery, crashed face first into the left field wall catching Kipnis’ line drive in the first inning. He briefly remained on the ground, but stayed in the game.
    
Lewis, who labored through 74 pitches, lost for the first time since April 25.
    
Swisher’s leadoff homer in the second put Cleveland ahead. Chisenhall entered the game in a 1-for-17 skid.
    
The Indians opened their homestand with a three-game sweep of Cincinnati before dropping two tough losses to the Rangers. Cleveland has won nine of 13 and will open a seven-game trip in Seattle on Thursday night.
    
LONG TRIP
    
Francona thought Wednesday’s win would make the trip to Seattle a little easier to take.
    
“It makes for a better flight, because everybody is in a better mood,” Francona said. “Other than that, on a lot of fronts, it did us some good, because it allowed us to relax a bit and not have to get guys up in the ‘pen. Sometimes having a game like that is really good.”
    
TRAINER’S ROOM
    
Rangers: LHP Ross Detwiler (sore shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, but it hasn’t been decided if he’ll return to the rotation.
    
Indians: Francona expects RHP Danny Salazar (cut on fingernail) to make his next start Sunday in Seattle. Salazar sustained the cut Tuesday.
    
UP NEXT
    
Rangers: RHP Nick Martinez will pitch the opener of a four-game series Thursday against Boston. He is 4-0 in nine starts with a 1.96 ERA, which ranks second in the American League.
    
Indians: RHP Corey Kluber makes his first start at Safeco Field as Cleveland begins a four-game set Thursday. The AL Cy Young Award winner is winless in five road appearances this season.

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