The Rangers have lost their last three series, but moved to the cusp of a series win on Tuesday, as C.J. Wilson allowed one run in six solid innings, and Joaquin Arias knocked in a career-high four runs, as the Texas offense finally woke up in a 12-1 rout.
Amidst the game was a scary moment, as a fan fell from the upper deck into the lower bowl during the fifth inning in an attempt to grab a foul ball. The game was halted for 16 minutes while medical crews tended to the fan, who was luckily stabilized, responsive and able to move all his extremities after being transported to a local hospital.
Wilson (7-4) yielded just two hits and two walks while fanning four for the Rangers, who scored more than three times for the first time all month in winning just their second game out of six July contests. Nelson Cruz, Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton all homered, while Andres Blanco had three hits and two RBI in the win.
Hamilton is currently riding a 26-game home hitting streak and is hitting .365 in Arlington this season.
Jayson Nix hit his fourth homer in as many games for the Indians, who came into the game with seven wins in nine games. Justin Masterson (3-8) yielded seven runs, nine hits and three walks in 5 1/3 frames to take the loss.
"I think (the fan falling down) certainly had an effect on the game -- that's not something you usually see at a game," said Masterson. "I don't wish to see that ever again. Thankfully, from what I hear, he will be okay."
Heading to the hill for the Rangers tonight will be righty Colby Lewis, who is 7-5 with a 3.35 ERA. Lewis did not get a decision on Friday against Chicago, as the White Sox reached him for three runs and eight hits in six innings of a 5-3 loss.
Lewis beat the Tribe earlier in the year and is 1-0 with a 9.31 ERA in three games (two starts) against them.
The Indians will pin their hopes on right-handed rookie Mitch Talbot, who has lost three of his last four starts. Talbot was tagged with the loss on Friday against Oakland, as he allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
This will be his first-ever start against the Rangers.
Texas took two of three from the Indians earlier in the year and has won 11 of the 14 meetings since the start of last season.