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Rogers extends scoreless streak to 21 innings in Texas victory

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kenny Rogers turns 41 in November, but he won't act his age despite the wear and tear of 17 major-league seasons.

Rogers extended his shutout streak to 21 innings with seven innings of six-hit ball as the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Sunday.

"Older people can play this game too," said Sandy Alomar Jr., Rogers' 38-year-old catcher.

Rogers (3-2) struck out four and walked four while winning his third consecutive start, stretching the longest shutout streak by a Rangers starter since Rogers' club-record 39 consecutive scoreless innings in 1995.

The left-hander didn't allow an extra-base hit and lowered his ERA to 1.79, mixing his pitches to keep the Indians off balance and benefiting from three double plays.

"I know how tough it is to do what he does whether you're 20, 30 or 40," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He's so athletic and he reads what people are trying to do against him. He doesn't get into any set pattern and he never gets out of his skin. He throws strikes when they need to be thrown and he expands the zone when it needs to be expanded."

As has been his policy for most of this season, Rogers refused interview requests, but his teammates were more than happy to speak for him.

"Kenny's on a roll right now," said shortstop Michael Young, whose two-run homer in the first gave Rogers an early lead. "He's unlike anyone I've ever played behind. He's just not giving up any runs. He's pretty incredible. It seems like he's getting better and better."

Cleveland scored in the eighth on Victor Martinez's RBI double off reliever Brian Shouse. Nick Regilio gave up another run in the ninth and left with the bases loaded before Francisco Cordero struck out Travis Hafner for his 10th save in 12 chances.

Gary Matthews Jr. went 4-for-4 and Richard Hidalgo, who entered the game batting .167, homered for Texas. The Rangers (17-15) won for the fifth time in six games and moved two games over .500 for the first time this season.

Alfonso Soriano, 9-for-14 with five homers and 10 RBI in his previous three games, went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI.

David Dellucci led off the first with a triple and Young capped an 11-pitch at-bat against starter Jake Westbrook (1-6) with his fourth homer.

"(Young) kept fouling pitches off until he got a pitch where he wanted it," Westbrook said. "It was a sinker, down where I wanted it, but give him credit, he went down and got it."

Soriano's RBI groundout in the third extended Texas' advantage to 3-0. Hidalgo's homer and Dellucci's RBI single in the fourth made it 5-0 and knocked Westbrook out of the game.

Mark Teixeira's single off Jason Davis later in the fourth stretched the Rangers' lead to 6-0, and Matthews added a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Westbrook, an All-Star last season, allowed six runs and seven hits over 3 1/3 innings.

"They're a great-hitting team," Westbrook said. "That's on your mind when you go out there. The ball flies out of here."

The Indians fell 11½ games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central, and Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said he's concerned.

"Chicago has been on a roll since Day 1 and they're still riding it," Wedge said. "We've just got to grind it out."

Notes

  • The Rangers are 7-3 in day games.
  • Martinez had three hits.
  • Texas OF Kevin Mench had the day off after being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Saturday night's game. Mench had been hit in three of his previous five games. Showalter has talked to Mench about adding more protection, but Showalter said "some people don't like body armor, some do."
  • Teixeira has a career-high 12-game hitting streak.
  • Dellucci has reached base in 19 consecutive games.
  • Cleveland is 1-8 against left-handed starters.
  • Texas is 6-1 when Alomar starts behind the plate.
 
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Kenny Rogers drops his ERA to 1.79 and is 18 scoreless innings shy of his team record.  (Getty Images)
Kenny Rogers drops his ERA to 1.79 and is 18 scoreless innings shy of his team record. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Texas

G. Matthews
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Texas

K. Rogers
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 4
K 4
 
Cleveland Indians
Ron Belliard, 2B4010102 .265
Coco Crisp, CF4111101 .248
Victor Martinez, C4031011 .233
Travis Hafner, DH3000114 .293
Jose Hernandez, 1B4010004 .231
Casey Blake, RF2000202 .194
Aaron Boone, 3B4110003 .124
Ryan Ludwick, LF3010011 .172
   a- Grady Sizemore, PH1010000 .268
Jhonny Peralta, SS3010020 .213
   b- Alex Cora, PH1000002 .238
Totals3321025520 
a-singled for Ludwick in the 9th
b-flied out for Peralta in the 9th
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (6, Shouse)
RBI - Coco Crisp (6), Victor Martinez (10)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Coco Crisp (1, Throwing error), Victor Martinez (1, throwing error)
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook (L,1-6) 3.1766242 6.69
Jason Davis 3.2511220 5.75
Bob Howry 1000000 3.75
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 92-62, Jason Davis 78-47, Bob Howry 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 6-0, Jason Davis 4-5
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 19, Jason Davis 18, Bob Howry 3
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, DH5221016 .288
Michael Young, SS5112011 .257
Mark Teixeira, 1B4111110 .269
Hank Blalock, 3B5010021 .266
Alfonso Soriano, 2B2111200 .301
Laynce Nix, CF4000004 .317
Richard Hidalgo, RF4111012 .170
Gary Matthews Jr., LF4141000 .258
Sandy Alomar Jr., C3010101 .346
Totals3671274615 
Batting
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (4, Westbrook)
3B - David Dellucci (2, Westbrook)
HR - Michael Young (4, Westbrook), Richard Hidalgo (4, Westbrook)
RBI - David Dellucci (15), Michael Young 2 (20), Mark Teixeira (20), Alfonso Soriano (23), Richard Hidalgo (15), Gary Matthews Jr. (7)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (11), Gary Matthews Jr. (4)
SB - David Dellucci (4, 2nd base off Davis/Martinez), Alfonso Soriano (5, 3rd base off Davis/Martinez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Young-Soriano-Teixeira, Soriano-Young-Teixeira, Young-Soriano-Teixeira, Young-Soriano-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
Kenny Rogers (W,3-2) 7600440 1.79
Brian Shouse 1211000 2.92
Nick Regilio 0.2211100 5.06
Francisco Cordero (S,10) 0.1000010 4.26
HBP - Hafner (by Brian Shouse), Martinez (by Nick Regilio)
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 106-62, Brian Shouse 12-7, Nick Regilio 21-10, Francisco Cordero 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 7-7, Brian Shouse 2-0, Nick Regilio 1-1
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 28, Brian Shouse 5, Nick Regilio 6, Francisco Cordero 1
Game Information
Attendance - 23203
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Gary Darling