ARLINGTON, Texas — Lonnie Chisenhall had nine RBI and three home runs in a five-hit game, Michael Brantley scored five times and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 17-7 Monday night. The only other nine-RBI game in Cleveland history was by Chris James in a 20-6 victory for the Indians on May 4, 1991, against Oakland.
“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.
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.
The offensive outburst puts Chisenhall in rare company. He is only the fourth major-league player since RBI became a statistic in 1920 to have at least five hits, nine RBI and three homers in a game, and he is the first since Boston’s Fred Lynn did it in 1975, according to the Indians.
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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.
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• Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland is considering a procedure on his ailing left ankle that could get him back on the field two months earlier than originally planned. The team said Monday that Moreland could opt for a procedure to remove a bone in the back of the ankle rather than reconstructive surgery that would sideline him for three months. The shorter timetable is three to four weeks.