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Rangers' Rogers defeats A's amid jeers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kenny Rogers set aside his problems, ignored the boos and pitched another gem in Oakland.

Making his third start since shoving two cameramen on June 29, Rogers allowed six hits in seven innings to lead the Texas Rangers past the Athletics 10-8 Saturday.

Rogers (11-4), who will find out later this week if his 20-game suspension will be shortened, won for the 20th time in his past 21 decisions in Oakland. His hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

"Kenny has probably been the MVP of this club," Rangers shortstop Michael Young said. "I don't know where we'd be without him. Whenever we need a well-pitched game and it's Kenny's turn, we're in good shape."

And Texas needed a strong start after nearly getting no-hit in its two previous games against the A's. Rogers responded by allowing three runs -- two earned -- with a walk and a strikeout.

"Kenny was Kenny," Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock said. "He was doing what he's been doing all year."

Blalock matched his career high with four hits, including a homer and two doubles, as the Rangers ended a three-game road losing streak and broke out against an Oakland pitching staff that did not allow a hit for 8 1/3 innings in each of the previous two games. Kevin Mench added a three-run homer and Young also connected.

"It seemed like we were kind of due after what happened the first two days," Blalock said. "It was kind of weird but they had two pitchers of that caliber. We take pride in our offense and I'm glad we were able to turn it around."

Jay Payton hit his second home run in as many games as the A's saw their five-game winning streak end. It was just the second home loss in 14 games.

"Blalock hit five balls hard," A's manager Ken Macha said. "We can't hold them down all the time. Rogers got those double plays and there went our chances."

Trailing 10-3 heading into the ninth, the A's scored five times against Kameron Loe, Brian Shouse and Francisco Cordero. They scored their first run when center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. failed to field Bobby Kielty's single cleanly, then added two more on Keith Ginter's double.

Mark Ellis had an RBI single before Cordero relieved with a runner on first and one out. After an out, Mark Kotsay had an RBI single then Cordero got Bobby Crosby to ground out for his 21st save in 25 chances.

The A's increased security while Rogers took his warm-up throws, adding extra personnel, including uniformed police officers, in both the stands behind the Rangers' bullpen and on the field.

Fans still managed to express themselves, lustfully booing when he was introduced. He also heard it when he took the mound for the bottom of the first.

Rogers silenced the crowd by facing the minimum through 4 2/3 innings, inducing three double plays in the first five innings. Payton's seventh overall home run, with two outs in the fifth, was just the sixth ball to the outfield against him.

Rogers improved to 22-4 overall in Oakland, which includes a 15-0 record as a member of the A's in 1998-99.

"He's been doing it for a long time," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He's been successful in a lot of ballparks. Every time we needed him, he's been there."

After struggling through the first two games of the series, the Rangers scored early against Joe Blanton (5-8). Blalock's 17th homer led off the second and Young hit his 15th homer with two outs in the third to make it 2-0.

Matthews singled home another run in the fourth and the Rangers took charge with a four-run sixth, highlighted by Hidalgo's two-run double. Sandy Alomar and David Dellucci also drove in runs to make it 7-1.

"I wasn't as sharp as I should have been," Blanton said. "Maybe I had too much time off and needed more of a bullpen session."

Jason Kendall doubled home a run in the sixth and scored on Blalock's fielding error as the A's drew to 7-3.

Blanton had his five-game home winning streak snapped after allowing five runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Joe Kennedy made his Oakland debut, becoming the 20th pitcher used by the A's. He allowed two hits and a walk and retired just two batters before giving way to Justin Duchscherer, who allowed Mench's home run in the seventh.

Notes

  • Rangers OF Laynce Nix (jammed left shoulder) was placed on the DL after the game. OF Jason Botts was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
  • DH Erubiel Durazo will see Dr. Lewis Yocum for further examination on his sore left elbow when the A's visit Anaheim on Monday.
  • The A's became the first major league team to hand out marionettes as a promotion with the distribution of an Eric Chavez look-a-like doll.
  • Mark Teixeira was the only Ranger starter not to hit safely.
 
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Despite boos, Kenny Rogers tosses seven solid innings to earn his 11th win of the season. (AP)
Despite boos, Kenny Rogers tosses seven solid innings to earn his 11th win of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

H. Blalock
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Oakland

J. Payton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, DH4011110 .264
Michael Young, SS4121101 .331
Mark Teixeira, 1B5000014 .281
Hank Blalock, 3B5441001 .287
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4210101 .272
Kevin Mench, LF5113013 .286
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3111210 .249
Richard Hidalgo, RF4112032 .209
Sandy Alomar Jr., C4011000 .301
Totals381012105712 
Batting
2B - Hank Blalock 2 (22, Blanton, Blanton), Richard Hidalgo (9, Calero)
HR - Michael Young (15, Blanton), Hank Blalock (17, Blanton), Kevin Mench (18, Duchscherer)
RBI - David Dellucci (35), Michael Young (49), Hank Blalock (58), Kevin Mench 3 (49), Gary Matthews Jr. (22), Richard Hidalgo 2 (37), Sandy Alomar Jr. (13)
2-OUT RBI - David Dellucci (10), Michael Young (24), Gary Matthews Jr. (10)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Soriano-Young-Teixeira, Rogers-Young-Teixeira, Rogers-Young-Teixeira
E - Hank Blalock (3, Misplayed grounder), Gary Matthews Jr. (3, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Kenny Rogers (W,11-4) 7632111 2.54
Kameron Loe 1.1222110 4.55
Brian Shouse0333000 4.80
Francisco Cordero (S,21) 0.2100000 3.89
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 107-69, Kameron Loe 24-17, Brian Shouse 12-7, Francisco Cordero 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 11-7, Kameron Loe 2-1, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 26, Kameron Loe 7, Brian Shouse 3, Francisco Cordero 3
Oakland Athletics
Jason Kendall, C4121101 .287
Mark Kotsay, CF5011003 .276
Bobby Crosby, SS5000003 .306
Eric Chavez, 3B3020011 .278
   a- Adam Melhuse, PH1110000 .163
Bobby Kielty, RF4110002 .283
Jay Payton, LF4121012 .270
Nick Swisher, 1B4110001 .245
Keith Ginter, DH4112001 .174
Mark Ellis, 2B3211100 .279
Totals3781262214 
a-doubled for Chavez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Kendall (16, Rogers), Adam Melhuse (3, Loe), Keith Ginter (5, Shouse)
HR - Jay Payton (7, Rogers)
RBI - Jason Kendall (26), Mark Kotsay (50), Jay Payton (24), Keith Ginter 2 (25), Mark Ellis (15)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Kotsay (27), Jay Payton (9)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Chavez-Ellis-Swisher
Oakland Athletics
Joe Blanton (L,5-8) 5.1655252 4.64
Kiko Calero 0.1122100 4.85
Joe Kennedy 0.2222100 7.19
Justin Duchscherer 0.2111021 1.65
Keiichi Yabu 1200100 4.19
Huston Street 1000000 1.64
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 94-61, Kiko Calero 11-7, Joe Kennedy 25-14, Justin Duchscherer 15-10, Keiichi Yabu 13-8, Huston Street 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 4-7, Kiko Calero 1-0, Joe Kennedy 1-1, Keiichi Yabu 1-1, Huston Street 1-2
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 24, Kiko Calero 3, Joe Kennedy 5, Justin Duchscherer 3, Keiichi Yabu 5, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22826
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Jerry Crawford