UF alum Raburn homers twice in second straight game
Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:05 a.m.
CLEVELAND — All those Cleveland injuries are giving Ryan Raburn a chance to hurt the Indians' opponents.
The former Gator homered twice for the second straight game and the Indians hit seven home runs in all, routing the Philadelphia Phillies 14-2 Tuesday night.
The Indians set a major league high this season for homers in a game. Cleveland, which struggled at the plate for most of April, has won three in a row, outscoring opponents 33-5 in that span.
Raburn, who has seen increased playing time because of injuries to outfielders Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher, hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and a solo drive in the seventh.
It was the sixth two-homer game of his career, including Monday's performance against Kansas City.
“Right now everything is clicking for me,” Raburn said. “I'm trying to ride this out as long as I can.”
Philadelphia had won three in a row before the Indians teed off on former Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay (2-3). Cleveland's first five homers were two-run shots. Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall homered off Halladay, then Raburn and Michael Brantley homered off Chad Durbin.
Raburn and Drew Stubbs hit back-to-back shots in the seventh against Raul Valdes. The Indians fell one homer short of the franchise record of eight, set in 1997 and matched in 2004.
“The best thing about that game was we got through it, I guess,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “Every ball they hit was hard. What can you say? I don't know how you stop them on nights like tonight.”
Halladay allowed eight runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings. Coming off three strong outings, he gave up homers in the first to Santana and Reynolds in the first. Chisenhall homered in the fourth and Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run single finished Halladay.
“He's always one pitch away from getting out of an inning,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “His stuff was pretty good. He always has that movement. We stayed on him and got the barrel to a lot of balls.”
Given a 12-1 lead in the fifth, Zach McAllister (2-3) coasted, giving up two runs in seven innings. Delmon Young, activated from the disabled list before the game, hit a solo homer in his first at-bat for Philadelphia in the second inning.
“Any pitcher will tell you he's happy to have an offense like that,” McAllister said.
Raburn became the first Indians player with consecutive multihomer games since Travis Hafner accomplished the feat in 2004. He's 9 for 17 with seven RBIs in his last four games.
“He's a good hitter,” Francona said. “This has been a great five days for him.”
Raburn and Stubbs each had three hits and scored three times.