KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kenny Rogers pitched seven sharp innings for his career-best eighth consecutive win and Mark Teixeira homered in the Texas Rangers' 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Rogers gave up five hits and a run, lowering his American League-leading ERA to 1.62. The left-hander, who last lost April 18 at Tampa Bay, won seven straight starts May 6-June 6, 1995.
The 40-year-old Rogers, who had a 31-inning scoreless streak from April 27-May 20, had his shutout spoiled with two outs in the seventh inning when Joe McEwing hit a run-scoring double.
McEwing had three of the five hits off Rogers, who struck out three and walked two before being replaced by Kameron Loe to start the eighth.
"Kenny was outstanding again," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He just keeps pitching as good as anybody in baseball. He's just seems to be this sharp every time out. He's been consistent and in a good rhythm. We've got a lot of confidence playing behind him. Get him some run support early and I like our chances. Kenny doesn't pitch poorly with a lead."
Rogers hit David DeJesus in the first inning, and Texas closer Francisco Cordero nearly sparked a brawl after getting the last out when he took several steps toward the Royals' dugout and grabbed his crotch.
The dugouts emptied, but the umpires stepped in between the teams after a few tense moments and the players left the field.
"I want to say I'm sorry about one thing, what I did in front of the fans and the kids," Cordero said.
Cordero was upset that Kansas City manager Buddy Bell came out ask the umpires to issue a warning after Cordero hit Shane Costa with a pitch with one out in the ninth inning.
"I don't know why he was yelling at me for some reason," Cordero said. "I'm just doing my job. Why did he get upset? They hit (Alfonso) Soriano earlier and nobody said nothing about it, nobody complained.
"When I'm the mound, I've got to get people out. I don't try to hit anybody."
Bell saw things differently.
"On a 3-and-0 pitch, you have to have a better idea than that," Bell said of Cordero's control. "That was a blatant hit by pitch. I didn't like it and our guys didn't like it, either."
"I looked over and Cordero grabbed himself," Royals catcher John Buck said. "Sure they beat us, but there's no reason to come over and act like an idiot in front of our dugout."
Soriano was hit in the back of his left leg by a pitch from Zack Greinke in the third inning and left in the seventh.
Soriano had his 2004 season cut short in September by a left hamstring injury.
"It's same leg he had problems with earlier, but a different place," Showalter said. "I think he's OK from the hit by pitch. He got a pretty good blow from being hit in the back (of leg). We have an off day (Monday) and we'll reevaluate tomorrow."
Teixeira hit his 14th homer of the season off Greinke with two outs in third into the grass beyond the right-field fence. He also doubled home Michael Young in the three-run fifth and has 15 extra-base hits among his past 25 hits.
Laynce Nix's two-out single in the second scored Soriano to give Texas the early lead. Richard Hidalgo followed with an RBI double to shallow left-center to make it 2-0.
Teixeira homered and Kevin Mench had an RBI double in the third to make it 4-0.
The Rangers chased Greinke (2-6) in a three-run fifth. Greinke allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. The Royals have scored 28 runs in Greinke's 12 starts, the lowest run support average among AL starters.
"I wasn't too good, giving up seven runs in five innings," Greinke said. "I got hit around. I got the ball up more than I should and that led to some good hits and bloop hits. It's easier to get bloop hits when the ball is up."
|Hank Blalock gives Mark Teixeira some love after Teixeira's solo shot in the third. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|David Dellucci, DH||5||1||1||1||0||0||2||.268|
|Michael Young, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.307|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||2||2||2||0||0||0||.303|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||5||2||2||1||0||2||0||.288|
|Alfonso Soriano, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.285|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Kevin Mench, LF||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||.300|
|Laynce Nix, CF||4||1||2||1||0||1||3||.283|
|Richard Hidalgo, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.228|
|Sandy Alomar Jr., C||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.283|
|2B - Mark Teixeira (15, Greinke), Hank Blalock (16, Greinke), Kevin Mench 2 (15, Greinke, Greinke), Richard Hidalgo (5, Greinke)|
|HR - David Dellucci (9, Nunez), Mark Teixeira (14, Greinke)|
|RBI - David Dellucci (21), Mark Teixeira 2 (43), Hank Blalock (32), Kevin Mench 2 (30), Laynce Nix (24), Richard Hidalgo (30)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (23), Kevin Mench (16), Laynce Nix (8), Richard Hidalgo (10)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Young-Soriano-Teixeira, Young-Soriano-Teixeira|
|Kenny Rogers (W,8-2)||7||5||1||1||2||3||0||1.62|
|HBP - DeJesus (by Kenny Rogers), Costa (by Francisco Cordero)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 100-64, Kameron Loe 9-7, Francisco Cordero 19-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 7-9, Kameron Loe 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 27, Kameron Loe 3, Francisco Cordero 5|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Angel Berroa, SS||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.248|
|David DeJesus, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.280|
|Mike Sweeney, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.300|
|Emil Brown, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.258|
|Tony Graffanino, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.280|
|John Buck, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.209|
|a- Shane Costa, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Matt Diaz, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.241|
|Joe McEwing, 3B||3||0||3||1||0||0||0||.302|
|b- Mark Teahen, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.245|
|Ruben Gotay, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.234|
|a-hit by pitch for Buck in the 9th|
|b-struck out for McEwing in the 9th|
|2B - Joe McEwing (2, Rogers)|
|RBI - Joe McEwing (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Joe McEwing (1)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Zack Greinke (L,1-7)||4.1||10||7||7||0||3||1||4.91|
|HBP - Soriano (by Zack Greinke)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 82-54, Leo Nunez 23-17, Andy Sisco 21-10, Steve Stemle 20-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 6-4, Leo Nunez 1-3, Andy Sisco 1-3, Steve Stemle 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 24, Leo Nunez 6, Andy Sisco 5, Steve Stemle 6|
|Attendance - 21424|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Brian O'Nora|