CLEVELAND (AP) — David Murphy had a big night against his former team.
Murphy was 4 for 4 with two RBIs and threw a runner out at the plate, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Texas Rangers 12-2.
Murphy played for Texas from 2007-13 before signing a two-year contract with the Indians in November.
when you're playing against your friends, a lot of guys I played with
over there are gone, but playing for bragging rights, it can be fun," he
Murphy had a two-run double in the fifth when Cleveland
scored six times. He doubled in the second and added singles in the
fourth and sixth. Murphy also threw out Adrian Beltre at home from right
field in the second.
"That was fun because it was Adrian and I did play with him," Murphy said. "I can talk a little trash with him."
Murphy even played through an attempt to make a diving catch on a foul ball in the eighth inning that tore his pants.
been known to go through some pairs of pants," he said. "They're
double-layered, but I still go through them. I've done it plenty of
Danny Salazar (4-4) allowed an unearned run in six innings
and won his third straight start since being recalled from the minors
last month. The right-hander was moved into Friday's start to replace
Justin Masterson, who was traded to St. Louis on Wednesday.
"I feel like I'm making progress every time I go out there," Salazar said.
Aviles, who will be getting time at shortstop after Asdrubal Cabrera
was dealt to Washington on Thursday, drove in three runs. Michael
Brantley also had three hits and two RBIs as the Indians finished with
16 hits. Lonnie Chisenhall hit a solo homer in the sixth to help the
Indians get their fourth win in 12 games.
"We haven't had many
games like that," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "We've had so
many close games. It's nice to have some breathing room."
Jerome Williams (2-5) was charged with 10 runs in four-plus innings.
The Rangers, starting a nine-game road trip, have lost 17 of 20 away from home.
Rougned Odor's groundout in the fifth scored Texas' run off Salazar.
The Indians have won nine of 10 against Texas.
Indians have been making changes in their rotation all season, a trend
that continued Friday when they designated right-hander Zach McAllister
for assignment. McAllister will be sent to the minors once he clears
waivers, but it's unclear when he'll return to the Indians. Right-hander
Josh Tomlin, sent down last week, will likely start Tuesday against
The Indians will unveil a statue of
slugger Jim Thome, who hit a franchise-record 337 home runs while
playing for Cleveland, before Saturday night's game. Thome, who played
for the Indians from 1991-2002 and again in 2011, was a key member of
the teams that played in front of 455 consecutive sellout crowds in the
Rangers: Catcher Geovany Soto began an
injury rehabilitation assignment Friday for Triple-A Round Rock. He was
placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 22 after straining his right
groin. Soto appeared in three games for the Rangers after being
activated from a season-long DL stint on July 17 following right knee
Indians: Left fielder Chris Dickerson was out of the
lineup Friday with a sore left knee. He was injured when he awkwardly
attempted to catch a ball that fell for a double Thursday. While
Dickerson isn't expected to miss much time, the Indians recalled
outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus.
right-hander Miles Mikolas will make his sixth career start Saturday.
He's 1-3 with an 8.54 ERA and opponents are batting .315 against him.
Left-hander T.J. House will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to make
his 10th career start. House, who is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA, has already
been with the Indians three times this season.