- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (AP) - Maybe Justin Masterson is wearing down with his unprecedented workload for the Cleveland Indians.

Or, like so many other pitchers, maybe the right-hander just couldn’t get it done against the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.

Whichever the case, Masterson extended his late-season slide by allowing six runs and eight hits while pitching only one batter into the sixth inning on a 100-degree night in a 10-4 loss at Texas on Tuesday.

David Murphy homered twice and Josh Hamilton went deep against Masterson (11-10), who made his career-high 31st start and has already thrown a career-high 205 1-3 innings this season. He is 1-3 with a 5.85 ERA over his last five starts, pushing his season ERA to 3.20, the highest it has been since the first week of June.


“Give credit to them. They hit a couple good balls. David Murphy was hot tonight. I made some decent pitches and they hit ‘em,” Masterson said. “They’re a good lineup. Any lineup in this park can be tough. For me, I didn’t get ahead or have command of the strike zone. They were sniffing out heaters and I come with a lot of heaters. When you don’t hit your spots well, they’ll make you pay for it.”

Switch-hitting catcher Carlos Santana homered twice, becoming the first Indians batter since Victor Martinez on June 1, 2007, to go deep from both sides of the plate.

Santana added a double between his homers, completing that at-bat after fouling a pitch hard off his left shin and needing a couple of minutes to gather himself.

“He stayed in the game,” manager Manny Acta said. “He’ll be sore tomorrow, but he’s playing first base. He made a couple good swings after that. He’s OK.”

After Santana homered from the right side off Harrison in the fourth, the Indians tied the game at 2 an inning later when Kosuke Fukudome singled and scored on a double by Jason Kipnis.

Santana had his first career multihomer game, and his 23rd homer of the season, after going deep off right-hander Mark Lowe in the eighth.

Masterson gave up six runs and eight hits with two strikeouts and three walks.

Matt Harrison (12-9) gave up three runs on seven hits while pitching into the sixth inning in his first start in nine days. The left-hander struck out four and walked one.

The last batter Masterson faced was Murphy, who led off the sixth with a slow roller up the first-base line. Masterson fielded the ball and weakly flipped it toward the bag as Murphy reached on an infield single.

That was the start of a four-run outburst off Masterson and two relievers. Craig Gentry had a pinch-hit, two-run single and Andrus a two-run double.

“We had a rough time putting up zeros. When a club scores five of eight tries, it’s gonna hurt you,” Acta said. “The long ball hurt Justin tonight.”

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