Series: Game 1 of 3

Texas leads 1-0 (as of 5/3)

Game 1: Friday, May 3
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Cleveland 2
Game 2: Saturday, May 4
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Cleveland 3
Game 3: Sunday, May 5
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Cleveland 9

Rangers 4

(13-15, 7-6 away)

Indians 2

(13-16, 7-7 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 3, 2002

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    W: D. Davis (3-2)

    L: D. Baez (3-3)

    S: H. Irabu (7)

    Indians continue to struggle, lose sixth straight

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- John Rocker noticed something new at Jacobs Field in his first trip back.

    John Rocker

    Cleveland fans don't like him now, either.

    "They gave me standing ovations every time I pitched last year," said Rocker, who appeared in 38 games for the Indians in 2001. "And now they want to boo me. That's tired, dude."

    Carl Everett drove in two runs and three former Cleveland relievers kept the Indians in check as the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to six games Friday night with a 4-2 victory.

    The Rangers' streak is their longest since they won seven straight in May 2000. Texas, which opened the year 3-11 as its bullpen fell apart almost daily, has won eight of nine.

    "We're on a roll right now," said reliever Steve Woodard, released by the Indians in December. "Hopefully, we can keep it going."

    Doug Davis (3-2) pitched into the sixth inning, and Woodard, Rocker and Rudy Seanez -- all former Indians -- preserved the lead until Hideki Irabu worked a hitless ninth for his seventh save.

    Irabu has allowed only one earned run in 10 innings since becoming the Rangers' full-time closer April 16.

    Rocker came in with two on in the seventh to protect a 3-2 lead. After buzzing Matt Lawton with his first pitch, he retired him on a fly to center. Rocker then struck out Jolbert Cabrera.

    It was another solid outing for Rocker, who was demoted to the minors earlier this season but never reported.

    "It's been an adjustment coming over to a new organization and proving myself all over again," Rocker said.

    He went back out to pitch the eighth, but manager Jerry Narron lifted the left-hander when Ellis Burks came up as a pinch-hitter.

    As Rocker walked off, he tipped his cap to the fans sitting behind the Rangers' dugout. A year ago, some of those same fans were probably cheering as Rocker ran in from the bullpen.

    "If it was 10-0 or 2-2 they cheered for me," he said. "Make up your mind."

    Meanwhile, the Indians can't stop their slide.

    They've lost six straight, 15 of 17 overall, and seven in a row at home for the first time since 1990 when they played at Municipal Stadium.

    Cleveland, which started the season 11-1, has scored just nine runs during its six-game slide, and has been outscored 118-41 in the 17-game span.

    "It's a lot better than being down 20-2," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We played better tonight, we just didn't get the hits when we had to."

    Despite the team's troubles, Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro said before the game that Manuel is not to blame and his job is safe for now.

    Everett hit a two-run double and Hank Blalock singled in a run in Texas' three-run fourth off Danys Baez (3-3).

    The Rangers added a run in the ninth when Indians reliever Bob Wickman gave up a two-out single and three straight walks, the last to Alex Rodriguez with the bases loaded, to force in a run.

    Davis gave up two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings to win for the first time in four starts.

    Baez allowed three hits and three runs but needed 108 pitches to get through five innings.

    The Rangers did nothing against Baez for three innings before scoring three runs with two outs in the fourth and taking a 3-1 lead.

    With two outs, Baez walked Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro singled for Texas' first hit. Everett, who was just 1-for-15 with two outs and runners in scoring position, went to a full count before doubling.

    Bill Haselman then walked and Blalock, batting just .192 at the time, knocked Everett in with a single.

    Cleveland closed to 3-2 in the bottom half on Travis Fryman's two-out RBI single.

    The Indians, shut out Thursday night by Anaheim and outscored 36-4 in a three-game sweep, took a 1-0 lead in the first on Russell Branyan's run-scoring single with two outs. The early run gave Cleveland its first lead in 45 innings, and the Jacobs Field crowd of 32,846 responded with a somewhat sarcastic standing ovation.

    Game notes

    Texas' pitching staff has allowed three or fewer runs in six straight games. ... Burks had missed the past three games with a strained hamstring. ... Cabrera was playing for the first time this season. He had been out all season while recovering from a gunshot wound to the buttocks suffered during a carjacking in Colombia. ... Omar Vizquel barely flinched while grabbing Ricky Gutierrez's flying bat with one hand in the sixth inning. Vizquel was sitting on the top step of the Indians' dugout when the bat came bouncing at him.

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