Rookie’s slam powers Tribe to victory

For the second straight night, Grady Sizemore led off the game with a home run as the Tribe yet again exploded in the first inning and went on to win 6-5 against the Rangers. Most of their offensive power, however, came from the bat of a surprise guest. DH Kevin Kouzmanoff, called up from Triple-A Buffalo and filling in for the injured Travis Hafner, launched a ball into the seats for a grand slam in the Tribe’s five-run first inning. Not only was it his first major league home run and grand slam, it was on the first pitch in his first at-bat. What a way to enter the big leagues.

Cliff Lee got his first win since August 10, allowing two earned runs in seven innings. Tom Mastny gave up a run in the ninth and experience more trouble than usual but still was able to save his fifth straight game.

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