- Associated Press - Friday, August 1, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - David Murphy had a big night against his former team.

Murphy was 4 for 4 with two RBIs and threw a runner out at the plate, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Texas Rangers 12-2.

Murphy played for Texas from 2007-13 before signing a two-year contract with the Indians in November.

“Obviously when you’re playing against your friends, a lot of guys I played with over there are gone, but playing for bragging rights, it can be fun,” he said.

Murphy had a two-run double in the fifth when Cleveland scored six times. He doubled in the second and added singles in the fourth and sixth. Murphy also threw out Adrian Beltre at home from right field in the second.

“That was fun because it was Adrian and I did play with him,” Murphy said. “I can talk a little trash with him.”

Murphy even played through an attempt to make a diving catch on a foul ball in the eighth inning that tore his pants.

“I’ve been known to go through some pairs of pants,” he said. “They’re double-layered, but I still go through them. I’ve done it plenty of times.”

Danny Salazar (4-4) allowed an unearned run in six innings and won his third straight start since being recalled from the minors last month. The right-hander was moved into Friday’s start to replace Justin Masterson, who was traded to St. Louis on Wednesday.

“I feel like I’m making progress every time I go out there,” Salazar said.

Mike Aviles, who will be getting time at shortstop after Asdrubal Cabrera was dealt to Washington on Thursday, drove in three runs. Michael Brantley also had three hits and two RBIs as the Indians finished with 16 hits. Lonnie Chisenhall hit a solo homer in the sixth to help the Indians get their fourth win in 12 games.

“We haven’t had many games like that,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “We’ve had so many close games. It’s nice to have some breathing room.”

Jerome Williams (2-5) was charged with 10 runs in four-plus innings.

The Rangers, starting a nine-game road trip, have lost 17 of 20 away from home.

Rougned Odor’s groundout in the fifth scored Texas’ run off Salazar.

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