8:05 PM ET, June 9, 2014
Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Maybe there's a little Lonnie Baseball to go with Johnny Football in Cleveland.
Lonnie Chisenhall left quite an impression in Johnny Manziel's home state.
"I know a day like today is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Chisenhall, who raised his batting average to .385 but needs more plate appearances to quality for the league lead. "I'm enjoying it as much as I can. I don't know the history of it, who's done it in the past."
The history is pretty exclusive.
Major League Baseball said it was the first time a player went 5 for 5 with three homers and nine RBIs, since the RBI became a statistic in 1920. He also is only the fourth big leaguer to have at least five hits, nine RBIs and three homers in a game -- first since Boston's Fred Lynn in 1975, according to STATS.
"He just wasn't missing," Rangers manager Ron Washington said, who team is winless in the past seven series at home. "Breaking balls, fastballs, it didn't matter."
The only other nine-RBI game in Cleveland history was by Chris James in a 20-6 victory over Oakland on May 4, 1991.
Chisenhall, who had the second multihomer game of his career, finished 10 for 17 with four homers and 13 RBIs in a trip to Texas that ended with Cleveland's first road winning streak of the season.
Before his third homer, Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis danced in the dugout together during a brief break after home plate umpire Jim Wolf was knocked out of the game when he was hit in the mask by a foul ball.
Maybe they knew what was coming.
"As hard as it is to beat those dance moves, his swing was prettier," Kipnis said. "He's attacking the ball right now, and he's swinging at the right pitches and he's learning about himself as a hitter. Right now, he's in one of those zones when he attacks and he's just not missing."
Indians Gaining Ground
After losing the finale of a 3-game sweep at the hands of the A's on May 18, the Indians sat in the basement of the AL Central at 19-25 and trailed the first-place Tigers by 10.5 games. Since then, Cleveland has gone 14-6 and made up 8.5 games in the standings.
Indians' Progress on Tigers since May 19
|* = Best in MLB over span|
-- ESPN Stats & Information
The Indians won three straight in the four-game set after coming to the Lone Star State with the worst road record in the majors. They're headed to Kansas City to continue the first of three 10-game trips this season.
Cleveland hit five homers, won for the ninth time in 10 games and pulled within two games of Detroit just three weeks after trailing by 10 1/2.Chisenhall had two-run homers in the second and fourth innings before hitting a three-run shot down the right field line in the eighth to give the Indians a 17-6 lead.
It was his second homer off Texas reliever Scott Baker, who was trying to give the Rangers a long outing but allowed 11 hits and nine runs in five innings.
"I mean, he's fouled off about four pitches were out of the strike zone and then just gets something that he can handle," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "He feels good about himself. Again, I'm stating the obvious."
Chisenhall had the first three-homer game for the Indians since Sept. 17, 2010, by Shin-Soo Choo, who now plays for the Rangers. The left-handed hitter had an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring double in the sixth.
The homers and RBIs were career highs for Chisenhall. He had five hits earlier this season at Toronto.
Texas right-hander Nick Martinez (1-3) gave up eight runs in two innings in a matchup of rookie starters. Cleveland left-hander T.J. House didn't make it to the fifth inning and missed a chance for his first major league win despite taking a 9-1 lead into the third.
Scott Atchison (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Brantley tied his career high with his 10th home run for a 10-4 lead in the fourth and reached base all five times. George Kottaras had the other Cleveland homer, his third.
Texas' Alex Rios, who went 2 for 4 and is the AL's top hitter at .335, had his league-leading eighth triple, driving home Adrian Beltre in the third. Michael Choice hit his third homer in the past five games, giving him six for the season.
Jason Kipnis had three singles and four RBIs for the Indians, including a two-run single in a five-run second inning.
The others with five hits, three homers and 9 RBIs since 1920, according to STATS, were Gil Hodges for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 against the Boston Braves and Walker Cooper for Cincinnati against the Chicago Cubs in 1949. ... Chisenhall's outburst was the first with at least three homers and nine RBIs in the majors since the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez had three homers and 10 RBIs against the Los Angeles Angels on April 26, 2005.
ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 9: T.J. House #58 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the first inning against the Texas...(Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||J Kipnis grounded out to first, M Bourn scored, A Cabrera to third, M Brantley to second.||1||0|
|1st||L Chisenhall singled to right, A Cabrera scored, M Brantley to third.||2||0|
|1st||C Santana grounded into fielder's choice to first, M Brantley scored, L Chisenhall out at second.||3||0|
|1st||A Beltre grounded out to shortstop, D Robertson scored, E Andrus to third.||3||1|
|2nd||G Kottaras homered to right (426 feet).||4||1|
|2nd||J Kipnis singled to right, A Cabrera and M Brantley scored.||6||1|
|2nd||L Chisenhall homered to right (354 feet), J Kipnis scored.||8||1|
|3rd||G Kottaras hit sacrifice fly to center, D Murphy scored.||9||1|
|3rd||L Sardinas scored, E Andrus to third on wild pitch by T House.||9||2|
|3rd||S Choo grounded out to first, E Andrus scored.||9||3|
|3rd||A Rios tripled to deep center, A Beltre scored.||9||4|
|4th||M Brantley homered to right center (405 feet).||10||4|
|4th||L Chisenhall homered to right center (411 feet), J Kipnis scored.||12||4|
|4th||M Choice homered to left (357 feet).||12||5|
|4th||D Robertson doubled to left, L Sardinas scored.||12||6|
|6th||L Chisenhall doubled to deep left center, M Brantley scored.||13||6|
|8th||J Kipnis singled to right, A Cabrera scored, M Brantley to third.||14||6|
|8th||L Chisenhall homered to right (385 feet), M Brantley and J Kipnis scored.||17||6|
|8th||R Chirinos homered to left (424 feet).||17||7|
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|Stadium||Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX|
|Attendance||29,362 (60.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||80 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|
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