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Lonnie Chisenhall swats three HRs to rout Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Lonnie Chisenhall swatted three homers and drove in nine runs Monday, and Nick Martinez allowed eight runs in two innings as the Indians drubbed the Rangers 17-7 for their third win in the four-game series.

Chisenhall, who went 5-for-5, hit three homers for the first time in his career. The first homer came in the Indians' five-run second inning that made it 8-1. Cleveland scored in the first four innings, including three times in the fourth as Chisenhall connected off long man Scott Baker for a two-run homer.

Chisenhall got Baker against in the eighth for a three-run shot. The nine RBIs tied the Indians' club record, tied with Bill Mueller for the most ever by a Rangers opponent, and are the most in a big-league game since 2008.

Michael Brantley and George Kottaras also homered for the Indians as the Rangers slipped two games below .500.

Michael Choice and Robinson Chirinos launched solo homers for the Rangers, who collected 11 hits.

The first three Indians reached against Martinez en route to a 3-0 lead, though Asdrubal Cabrera was aided as left fielder Shin-Soo Choo lost his line drive in the sun.

The Rangers countered with a run on an Adrian Beltre groundout, but eight Indians batted in the second. The Rangers scored three more times in the fourth, highlighted by Alex Rios' majors-leading eighth triple.

But the Indians countered with three runs in the fourth, and had more than enough to withstand the Rangers' two-run fourth. But Cleveland added on anyway, scoring once in the sixth and four times in the eighth as Chisenhall added to his career night.

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