ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -
reached the majors so soon because the
thought he could help shore up their infield defense.
The rookie showed Wednesday night that he can hit a little, too.
Andrus hit his first career homer, and
added two solo shots and three RBIs to lead the Rangers past the
''I said that the kid was not going to be an out,'' Texas manager
said. ''We've got nine guys in our lineup who can get you. Elvis is not going to hit many home runs. But every now and then,
he's going to catch one.''
The 20-year-old Andrus, who is 3-for-8 to start the season, was in Double-A last season and he got the shortstop job before
the season started. Five-time All-Star
moved to third base to accommodate Andrus.
The rookie showed off his defense in the opener Monday by starting two double plays.
Andrus homered off
in the sixth.
''I just hit it hard and started running,'' Andrus said. ''At first I thought it was a triple. I saw the umpire signal (home
run) when I got to second base.''
homered for the Indians, who have been outscored 17-6 by Texas in the series.
Cruz led off the second inning with a home run off
(0-1), who allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings. Cruz added another shot off reliever
in the seventh that landed in the second level of seats in left.
''That's a good hitting club,'' Indians manager
said. ''They've gotten some pretty good swings out there the last couple of days.''
(1-0), the Rangers' win leader with 14 in 2008, allowed four hits and three runs in 5 2-3 innings to help the Rangers open
2-0 for the first time since 2000.
pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.
''It's always good to start with wins,'' Cruz said. ''Since spring training, everybody has talked about being together and
supporting one another.''
Coming off a 9-1 victory over American League
on Monday, the Rangers scored four runs against Carmona in the second.
Cruz hit his first homer to left-center, and Texas then had four straight hits to build the lead.
scored on Andrus' infield single.
followed with a run-scoring double and Young made it 4-0 on a fielder's choice.
Carmona is trying to rebound after missing two months last season with a left hip strain. After winning 19 games in 2007,
Carmona was 8-7 with a 5.44 ERA in 2008.
''I don't really know what happened,'' said Carmona, who was 4-1 in the spring with a 2.67 ERA. ''I just missed up on a couple
was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth to bring Cleveland within 4-1.
, who led the American League with 130 RBIs in a breakout 2008 season, drove in his first run of the season with a triple
in the fifth. Cruz added an RBI groundout to score Hamilton and make it 6-1.
Francisco hit a two-run homer in the sixth that chased Padilla.
Andrus increased Texas' lead to 7-3 with his homer and he became the fourth-youngest Rangers player to hit his first big league
Young and Andrus each made their first error of the season.
Young's came on an errant throw to first in the fifth inning, and Andrus had a throwing error which allowed an unearned run
to score in the seventh.
Washington said Texas catcher
left the game in the eighth with inner ear inflammation that caused dizziness. With
at the plate, Washington helped his catcher off the field, and
came into the game.
Notes: Indians infielder
, on the disabled list because of a broken bone in his left hand, will not undergo surgery. He's expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
... Washington said SS
and Teagarden should make their first starts of the season in the series finale Thursday.