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.
"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.
"(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.
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."
|Kenny Rogers drops his ERA to 1.79 and is 18 scoreless innings shy of his team record. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ron Belliard, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.265|
|Coco Crisp, CF||4||1||1||1||1||0||1||.248|
|Victor Martinez, C||4||0||3||1||0||1||1||.233|
|Travis Hafner, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.293|
|Jose Hernandez, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.231|
|Casey Blake, RF||2||0||0||0||2||0||2||.194|
|Aaron Boone, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.124|
|Ryan Ludwick, LF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.172|
|a- Grady Sizemore, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.213|
|b- Alex Cora, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.238|
|a-singled for Ludwick in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Peralta in the 9th|
|2B - Victor Martinez (6, Shouse)|
|RBI - Coco Crisp (6), Victor Martinez (10)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|E - Coco Crisp (1, Throwing error), Victor Martinez (1, throwing error)|
|Jake Westbrook (L,1-6)||3.1||7||6||6||2||4||2||6.69|
|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|
|David Dellucci, DH||5||2||2||1||0||1||6||.288|
|Michael Young, SS||5||1||1||2||0||1||1||.257|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||1||1||1||1||0||.269|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||2||1||.266|
|Alfonso Soriano, 2B||2||1||1||1||2||0||0||.301|
|Laynce Nix, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.317|
|Richard Hidalgo, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.170|
|Gary Matthews Jr., LF||4||1||4||1||0||0||0||.258|
|Sandy Alomar Jr., C||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.346|
|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|
|DP - Young-Soriano-Teixeira, Soriano-Young-Teixeira, Young-Soriano-Teixeira, Young-Soriano-Teixeira|
|Kenny Rogers (W,3-2)||7||6||0||0||4||4||0||1.79|
|Francisco Cordero (S,10)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|Attendance - 23203|
|Game Time - 2:49|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Gary Darling|