ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Mark Teixeira became the second player in Rangers history -- and first in more than 19 years -- to hit for the cycle, leading Texas to a 16-4 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Teixeira went 4-for-5 and drove in a career-high seven runs as the Rangers stretched their winning streak to five games and gave Scott Erickson his first victory in more than two years.
Teixeira hit a two-run double in the third, a three-run homer in
the fourth, a two-run triple in the fifth, and a leadoff single in
the seventh for the club's first cycle since Oddibe McDowell
accomplished the feat on July 23, 1985, against the Indians at
Arlington Stadium.The first baseman was removed for a pinch runner after his
single, leaving to a standing ovation from the crowd of 24,864.
Teixeira is the fifth player to hit for the cycle this season,
joining Milwaukee's Chad Moeller, Pittsburgh's Daryle Ward,
Philadelphia's David Bell and Eric Valent of the New York Mets.Gary Matthews Jr. and Kevin Mench also homered for Texas, which
had 17 hits.The Rangers' 17-hit attack helped Erickson (1-2) win for the
first time since Aug. 7, 2002, while with Baltimore. He allowed one
run and three hits over six innings.The Rangers acquired Erickson on July 31 in a trade with the New
York Mets, and Erickson had lost his first two starts for Texas
with a 6.30 ERA.Doug Brocail pitched the final three innings for his first save
since July 7, 1999, with Detroit.Teixeira's three-run homer in a seven-run fourth was his 29th,
helping Texas remain a half-game behind Oakland in the AL West.The loss dropped Cleveland 3½ games behind Minnesota in the AL
Central.Indians starter Cliff Lee (10-5) allowed a career-high eight
runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. Lee is 0-4 in his last six
starts, and hasn't won since July 16.The Indians, 1-7 against the Rangers, took a 1-0 lead in the
second on Jody Gerut's sacrifice fly.Texas loaded the bases with no outs in the second and went in
front 2-1 on sacrifice flys by Matthews and Gerald Laird.The Rangers moved to a 5-1 advantage in a three-run third on
Teixeira's two-run double and Hank Blalock's RBI double.Texas chased Lee in the fourth on Alfonso Soriano's RBI single.
Rick White came on in relief, and Teixeira hit White's second pitch
over the center-field wall to make it 9-1.Matthews extended the lead to 12-1 with a three-run homer in
Texas' seven-run fourth.The homer was Matthews' 10th, giving the Rangers 10 players with
at least 10 -- matching the major league record last set by
Cincinnati and Baltimore in 2000.The Rangers continued the barrage against White in the fifth on
Teixeira's two-run triple and Mench's two-run homer, making it
16-1.White gave up three homers, eight runs and seven hits in 1 2-3
Rangers manager Buck Showalter got his 700th win. He's 12th
among active managers. ... Cleveland DH Travis Hafner left the game
for a pinch hitter in the fifth due to a sore right elbow. ... The
Rangers' season-high for runs is 18 against Houston on July 4. ...
The most runs by an Indians opponent this season is 17 by Detroit
on April 23. ... Texas' club record for RBI in a game is nine by
Ivan Rodriguez in 1999.