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Dunn's two home runs not enough as Rangers rout Reds

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Two months had passed since Kevin Millwood won a game. More than a year had gone by since Marlon Byrd hit a big league home run.

The last time the Texas Rangers won a series on the road? Felt like forever.

Millwood and Byrd had their personal breakthroughs on Sunday, leading the Rangers to an 11-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that decided a series between the worst teams from each league.

"I just was glad we took the series," Byrd said. "That's the big thing."

At this point, both teams will take whatever they can get. For the Rangers, it was a blowout on a hot afternoon that was void of history.

Sammy Sosa pinch hit and grounded into a forceout, leaving him one homer away from becoming the fifth to reach 600. Byrd took his place in right field and had a breakout game, helping the Rangers take two of three in the matchup of bottom dwellers.

"It wasn't Sammy, but I tried to do what I could," Byrd said.

The Rangers (26-43) won a road series for only the second time this season -- the other came in Houston from May 18-20. The Reds (27-43) lost another at home -- they're 14-23 overall at Great American Ball Park -- despite hitting nine homers in the series.

The Rangers pulled away with four runs in the ninth off one of the NL's worst bullpens. The Reds had one of their three errors in the inning.

No wonder they are where they are.

"You don't want to be looking up at everybody else," Ken Griffey Jr. said. "Everybody's trying to get better. We've done some good things here. We've done some bad things here."

Adam Dunn provided the few good moments with two homers off Millwood (3-6), who struck out a season-high 10 batters to get his first victory since April 13. Millwood was sidelined by a pulled hamstring last month, and had gone 0-5 in his last seven starts.

"I think that's the kind of outing he needs to get going," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It's nice that the roll he was on finally got turned around going the other way."

Millwood made a few small changes in his delivery -- keeping his back straighter, for instance -- and got better as the game went along. He struck out the side in the sixth.

"I made some changes, some minor changes," Millwood said. "I felt the longer the game went on, I got more comfortable with it. That was not exactly what I wanted, but it's something I can build off."

Byrd hit a solo homer -- his first since last July 4 -- and doubled off the center-field fence for two more runs off Bronson Arroyo (2-8), who matched his career high by losing his sixth straight decision.

Arroyo hasn't won since May 6, going 0-6 in his last eight starts with a 7.83 ERA.

"I don't feel strong, but I feel good," Arroyo said. "Nothing's bothering me. I don't feel like I have as much zip on my fastball, and that can pose a problem."

Spectators tried to cool themselves with hand-held fans on a wilting, 92-degree afternoon. The 31,162 came to see a rarity -- a matchup of two 500-homer players. One hardly played, and the other didn't do much.

The 38-year-old Sosa was out of the starting lineup after a night game. He homered in the series opener for No. 599, and will get his next swing at 600 on Tuesday in Chicago against his former Cubs.

Griffey singled, walked, struck out twice and flied out, leaving him at 581 career homers. Griffey led the Reds to their only victory in the series by hitting a pair of homers Saturday night.

Michael Young had a pair of run-scoring singles for the Rangers, extending his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games. The shortstop has a .348 career average in interleague play, the highest of any player with 300 plate appearances.

Both starters had big problems in a 29-minute first inning that featured 16 batters, 57 pitches and four runs in all. The Rangers needed only 11 pitches to pile up three runs off Arroyo, who gave up a run-scoring single to Young and a two-run double to Byrd.

Dunn hit a two-run homer in the third and added a solo shot in the fifth, leaving him with a team-high 19 overall. Dunn is 8-for-17 against Millwood with six homers and five strikeouts.

Notes

  • It was the 12th double-digit strikeout performance by Millwood, his first since Sept. 3 last season against Cleveland.
  • It was the 19th multihomer game of Dunn's career, his third this season.
  • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was hit on the left hand by one of Millwood's pitches in the first inning. He stayed in the game through the fourth, then left for precautionary X-rays that were negative.
 
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The Rangers' Kevin Millwood strikes out a season-high 10 batters to get his first win since April 13.  (AP)
The Rangers' Kevin Millwood strikes out a season-high 10 batters to get his first win since April 13. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Texas

M. Byrd
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Texas Rangers
Kenny Lofton, CF4220002 .278
    Brad Wilkerson, RF2000011 .217
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4100010 .239
Michael Young, SS6122002 .287
Marlon Byrd, RF-CF4223112 .390
Frank Catalanotto, LF4110001 .186
Adam Melhuse, C4232001 .306
Ramon Vazquez, 1B2100312 .270
Travis Metcalf, 3B5111013 .235
Kevin Millwood, P3000032 .000
   a- Sammy Sosa, PH1000001 .246
    C.J. Wilson, P0000000 .000
    Akinori Otsuka, P0000000 .000
   b- Victor Diaz, PH1012000 .262
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
Totals4011121048  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Millwood in the 7th
b-singled for Otsuka in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kenny Lofton (9, Arroyo), Marlon Byrd (3, Arroyo), Frank Catalanotto (4, Arroyo), Adam Melhuse (2, Coutlangus)
HR - Marlon Byrd (1, Arroyo)
SH - Jerry Hairston Jr. (1), Frank Catalanotto (1)
RBI - Michael Young 2 (40), Marlon Byrd 3 (11), Adam Melhuse 2 (5), Travis Metcalf (4), Victor Diaz 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (16), Marlon Byrd (6), Adam Melhuse (3)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Michael Young (10, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (W,3-6) 66442102 7.62
C.J. Wilson (H,5) 1000010 2.16
Akinori Otsuka (H,7) 1100020 2.03
Eric Gagne 1100000 0.50
HBP - B. Phillips (by Kevin Millwood)
WP - Kevin Millwood (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 99-59, C.J. Wilson 11-7, Akinori Otsuka 16-10, Eric Gagne 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 2-6, C.J. Wilson 1-1, Eric Gagne 2-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 27, C.J. Wilson 3, Akinori Otsuka 4, Eric Gagne 5
Cincinnati Reds
Scott Hatteberg, 1B5010011 .297
Brandon Phillips, 2B1100001 .280
    Alex Gonzalez, SS3000010 .260
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4110122 .287
Adam Dunn, LF4233002 .275
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4021021 .266
Josh Hamilton, CF3000112 .259
David Ross, C3000024 .193
   a- Javier Valentin, PH-C1000001 .215
Juan Castro, SS-2B4000021 .169
Bronson Arroyo, P2000010 .063
   b- Chad Moeller, PH1000010 .195
    Mike Gosling, P0000000 .000
    Victor Santos, P0000000 .000
    Jon Coutlangus, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   c- Jeff Conine, PH1010000 .303
Totals36484213  
a-lined out for Ross in the 8th
b-struck out for Arroyo in the 6th
c-singled for Coffey in the 9th
Batting
HR - Adam Dunn 2 (19, Millwood, Millwood)
RBI - Adam Dunn 3 (46), Edwin Encarnacion (29)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (13)
SB - Brandon Phillips (15, 3rd base off Millwood/Melhuse)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Juan Castro (3, Throwing), Alex Gonzalez (11, Misplayed grounder), David Ross (3, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (L,2-8) 6876251 5.24
Mike Gosling 0.2100010 0.00
Victor Santos 1.1011110 5.03
Jon Coutlangus 0.1122100 4.94
Todd Coffey 0.2211010 4.71
HBP - Hairston (by Bronson Arroyo), Melhuse (by Bronson Arroyo)
WP - Todd Coffey (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 104-66, Mike Gosling 9-6, Victor Santos 21-9, Jon Coutlangus 9-5, Todd Coffey 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 9-6, Victor Santos 3-0, Jon Coutlangus 1-0, Todd Coffey 2-0
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 32, Mike Gosling 3, Victor Santos 5, Jon Coutlangus 3, Todd Coffey 5
Game Information
Attendance - 31162
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Adam Dowdy, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Ron Kulpa