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Choo Hits Three Homers; Carrasco Wins First Major League Game As Tribe Moves Out Of Cellar

Shin-Soo Choo had the first three-homer game for the Indians since 2004 -- including a grand slam -- and Carlos Carrasco finally earned his first big league victory last night as the Tribe rode Choo's seven RBI and three RBI from Lou Marson to an 11-4 victory in Kansas City which moved the Indians out of last place, a half-game ahead of the Royals.

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Choo's big game made it easy for Carrasco, who had been the victim of little offensive support in previous starts. The Indians took care of that problem with four runs in the fourth and five more in the sixth, when Choo's slam gave the Indians a 9-0 lead.

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The Royals touched Carrasco for two homers of their own in the bottom of the sixth amid a three-run rally, but it was much too late by then to make a dent in the eventual outcome.

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Choo became the first Indian to hit three bombs in a game since Travis Hafner did it in 2004 against the Angels.

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For a complete look at last night's game, please click the link.

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Justin Masterson gets the start tonight in place of Mitch Talbot as the Tribe looks to win their third straight game.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.