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Millwood pitches Rangers past Mets in doubleheader opener

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NEW YORK -- Kevin Millwood sweated out his first road win in a year -- and it wasn't the steamy weather.

Mets manager Willie Randolph was feeling the heat for another reason.

Millwood pitched six solid innings Sunday and the Texas Rangers held on for an 8-7 victory in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

"It wasn't the best outing ever but I felt like it was OK and I gave us a chance to win," said Millwood, who gave up five hits and two runs.

Ramon Vazquez hit a two-run homer and had four RBI, and Ian Kinsler and Milton Bradley also homered for Texas, which evened up the three-game series and may have increased the possibility Randolph will lose his job before the team boards a plane for California on Sunday night.

"The only time we think about it is when we read what you guys write or we answer the questions," Mets starter John Maine said. "I think Willie is doing a good job. But he's not the one out there throwing the pitches or swinging the bats. So you can't put the blame solely on him."

The Mets are heading west for the second time in two weeks and Randolph said his bags were packed for the trip. But after returning from a 2-5 West Coast swing on Monday, including a four-game sweep by the lowly Padres, rumors intensified that Randolph could lose his job by the end of the series against Texas.

Before the first game Sunday, Randolph said he had no idea what combination of results in the twinbill was needed to remain the club's manager.

"When you're not playing well, it's frustrating," Randolph said. "But we've got another game to go. You can't get frustrated now. We've got to stay away from any more damage and just get the job done."

Pedro Martinez was set to make his first home start of the season against Kason Gabbard in the nightcap, the makeup for Saturday's rainout.

Millwood (5-3) improved to 3-0 in four starts since returning from a groin injury May 29. Other than allowing long homers to Carlos Delgado in the fourth and Carlos Beltran in the sixth, he kept the ball mostly in the infield with meek grounders. Texas outfielders made just two putouts while he was on the mound and Millwood struck out five. He also walked four -- one intentionally.

Millwood had lost a club-record 10 consecutive decisions on the road dating to June 17, 2007 -- Father's Day.

"I've won more games on the road than just Father's Day, just not lately," said Millwood, who has 138 career wins.

C.J. Wilson gave up two runs in the ninth on singles by Beltran and pinch-hitter Ramon Castro before getting Damion Easley to fly to left with runners on first and second for Wilson's 13th save in 15 tries. It was a save situation because the Mets scored three times in the eighth to make it 8-5.

New York had a chance to keep the eighth inning going, but with the bases loaded and one out, Brian Schneider tried to score from third on a fly ball by Jose Reyes. Bradley threw Schneider out at the plate.

It was tough," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We go into the eighth inning with a six-run lead -- you don't expect to wind up with a one-run game. ... Eddie did a good job of getting out of that inning and minimize the damage. Then C.J. recorded three outs. That's about all I can say about that."

Maine (6-5) continued the recent run of solid outings by Mets starters, working into the seventh. He turned the game over to Pedro Feliciano with the Mets trailing 3-2 and runners on first and third. Feliciano threw a wild pitch to move the runner to second.

The Mets brought the infield in and Vazquez hit a sharp grounder past shortstop Reyes, a potential double-play ball had the infield been back, for two runs.

Kinsler then hit his 10th homer off Joe Smith for a 7-2 lead and a chorus of boos from the increasingly surly New York crowd. Bradley homered off Scott Schoeneweis in the eighth.

Maine yielded five runs and seven hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Kinsler gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with a run-scoring single in the third and Vazquez connected for his fourth homer in the fifth to make it 3-1.

Trot Nixon had a double and single in his first start for the Mets since being acquired from Arizona on Friday night.

"That was a tough loss," Randolph said. "We made a nice comeback. The guys fought back really nicely. We just needed a break, another break to get us going, get the W."

Notes

  • Mets RF Ryan Church, on the DL with post-concussion syndrome, visited the clubhouse Sunday. He said he has not had any dizziness in several days and was feeling much better. He will not make the trip with the team west.
  • Rangers INF Hank Blalock will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Oklahoma. He had carpal tunnel syndrome surgery on May 30.
 
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Kevin Millwood snaps a Rangers record of losing 10 consecutive decisions with the victory.  (AP)
Kevin Millwood snaps a Rangers record of losing 10 consecutive decisions with the victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

R. Vazquez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
New York

C. Delgado
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5123012 .309
Michael Young, SS5000024 .289
Josh Hamilton, CF4000012 .314
Milton Bradley, RF4111010 .329
David Murphy, LF4110000 .286
Frank Catalanotto, 1B3110001 .270
   a- Chris Shelton, PH-1B1000010 .216
Gerald Laird, C4230001 .293
Ramon Vazquez, 3B4234011 .343
Kevin Millwood, P1000011 .000
   b- Brandon Boggs, PH1000011 .258
    Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
    Frank Francisco, P0000000 .000
    Eddie Guardado, P0000000 .000
   c- Marlon Byrd, PH0000000 .270
    C.J. Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals36811809  
a-struck out for Catalanotto in the 8th
b-struck out for Millwood in the 7th
c-hit by pitch for Guardado in the 9th
Batting
2B - Gerald Laird (11, Heilman)
HR - Ian Kinsler (10, Smith), Milton Bradley (15, Schoeneweis), Ramon Vazquez (4, Maine)
SH - Kevin Millwood (1)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (42), Milton Bradley (46), Ramon Vazquez 4 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (18)
CS - Ian Kinsler (1, 2nd base by Maine/Schneider)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Milton Bradley 1
DP - Vazquez-Kinsler-Catalanotto, Bradley-Laird, Kinsler-Young-Shelton
E - Ian Kinsler (14, Missed catch of throw)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (W,5-3) 6522452 4.75
Jamey Wright 1000000 3.99
Frank Francisco 0.1233200 4.56
Eddie Guardado (H,10) 0.2100000 2.95
C.J. Wilson (S,13) 1322200 4.50
IBB - Chavez by Kevin Millwood
WP - Frank Francisco (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 114-69, Jamey Wright 15-10, Frank Francisco 26-12, Eddie Guardado 9-9, C.J. Wilson 25-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 9-3, Jamey Wright 3-0, Eddie Guardado 1-1, C.J. Wilson 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 26, Jamey Wright 3, Frank Francisco 5, Eddie Guardado 3, C.J. Wilson 7
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4010103 .290
Luis Castillo, 2B5110002 .260
David Wright, 3B3100201 .269
Carlos Beltran, CF4222111 .268
Carlos Delgado, 1B5222013 .246
Trot Nixon, RF3120200 .667
Brian Schneider, C3010110 .255
   a- Ramon Castro, PH1011000 .314
Endy Chavez, LF2000102 .218
   b- Damion Easley, PH-LF2001002 .241
John Maine, P2000023 .077
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   c- Marlon Anderson, PH1000000 .156
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   d- Fernando Tatis, PH1011000 .246
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Totals36711785  
a-singled for Schneider in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Chavez in the 8th
c-grounded out for Smith in the 7th
d-singled for Schoeneweis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Trot Nixon (1, Francisco), Brian Schneider (3, Millwood)
HR - Carlos Beltran (8, Millwood), Carlos Delgado (9, Millwood)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (44), Carlos Delgado 2 (32), Ramon Castro (7), Damion Easley (13), Fernando Tatis (10)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Castro (5)
SB - Trot Nixon (1, 2nd base off Millwood/Laird)
Team LOB - 10
New York Mets
John Maine (L,6-5) 6.1755051 3.87
Pedro Feliciano 0.1111010 2.77
Joe Smith 0.1111001 3.81
Scott Schoeneweis 1111011 2.51
Aaron Heilman 1100020 5.71
HBP - Byrd (by Aaron Heilman)
WP - Pedro Feliciano (2)
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 105-69, Pedro Feliciano 7-4, Joe Smith 4-3, Scott Schoeneweis 11-8, Aaron Heilman 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 2-11, Joe Smith 1-0, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0
Batters Faced - John Maine 25, Pedro Feliciano 2, Joe Smith 2, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Aaron Heilman 5
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Damien Beal, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly