Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/1)

Game 1: Friday, May 31
Kansas City 10Final
in 11
Texas 7
Game 2: Saturday, June 1
Kansas City 1Final
Texas 3
Game 3: Sunday, June 2
Kansas City 6Final
Texas 8

Royals 1

(21-31, 9-17 away)

Rangers 3

(22-31, 13-14 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 1, 2002

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: K. Rogers (6-3)

    L: D. May (0-3)

    Perry homers, drives in two in Texas' win

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Kenny Rogers gave the Texas Rangers' sagging bullpen a lift.

    Rogers pitched a five-hit complete game and the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Saturday night.

    Six Rangers relievers appeared in Friday night's 11-inning loss to the Royals, and Texas manager Jerry Narron was depending on a long outing from Rogers.

    "We didn't necessarily need a complete game, but we did need him to pitch deep into the game," Narron said. "Kenny came up big for us."

    Rogers' assortment of off-speed pitches kept the Royals under control with 17 ground-ball outs in Texas' fourth complete game of the season, which was Rogers' second.

    Rangers relievers needed the night off. Texas' bullpen had allowed 26 runs over its previous 32 innings and had 11 blown saves in 24 chances this season.

    "I was trying to pitch as long as possible to give our bullpen a rest," Rogers said. "I had good location and was putting the ball in good places. The key was location and getting ahead in the count."

    Herbert Perry had three hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs.

    Rogers (6-3) struck out six and walked one. He shut out Kansas City until the ninth inning, when Carlos Febles led off with a double and later scored on Mike Sweeney's groundout. Rogers got Joe Randa on a game-ending groundout.

    "Once (Febles) got to third, I forgot about him and just tried to get my out and get the hitter," Rogers said.

    The left-hander held down the Royals after they had 15 hits on Friday night. In the first inning, Rogers issued a two-out walk to Carlos Beltran and gave up a single to Sweeney. Rogers then retired the next 14 batters before Neifi Perez's one-out single in the sixth, and struck out the side in the eighth.

    "The whole game he kept our hitters off balance," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "It seemed like we just couldn't make adjustments. Rogers has been pitching like that his whole life. He didn't throw a strike until he had to, and that was the key for him tonight."

    The Rangers beat the Royals for the first time in five tries this year. Texas was swept in a three-game series at Kansas City last weekend.

    "For us, any win is big," Rogers said.

    Perry extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 17-for-38 over that span.

    "Herbert Perry is a good hitter and he's a professional hitter," said Narron. "Throughout his career he's produced, especially when he's healthy. He's getting a chance to play and he's producing."

    Perry's eighth homer gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the first against Darrell May (0-3).

    "I'm not saying I'm going to keep this up forever because I'm not," Perry said. "Hitting is one of those things where when you think up there, you're dead, so you basically have to go with what you see and that's what I'm doing."

    Juan Gonzalez led off the second with a double and scored on Todd Greene's single.

    In the fifth, Texas made it 3-0 when Michael Young doubled and scored on Perry's two-out single.

    May allowed three runs and five hits over a career-high 6 1-3 innings. He struck out a career-best six and walked two.

    Game notes

    Gonzalez needs one homer to become the 34th player in major league history with 400 for his career. ... Young's fifth-inning double broke an 0-for-19 drought. ... The Rangers improved to 3-12 against lefthanded starters.

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