Series: Game 3 of 3

Texas won 2-1

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 6

(21-32, 9-18 away)

Rangers 8

(23-31, 14-14 home)

    3:05 PM ET, June 2, 2002

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: C. Park (2-2)

    L: P. Byrd (8-3)

    S: H. Irabu (12)

    In just 18 pitches from Byrd, Rangers had a 4-0 lead

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The first five Texas batters reached base and scored, quickly ending Paul Byrd's bid to become the American League's first nine-game winner, and the Rangers went on to beat the Kansas City Royals 8-6 Sunday.

    Juan Gonzalez, the No. 5 hitter, had a two-run double on Byrd's 18th pitch to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead. He scored on Mike Lamb's one-out single.

    Alex Rodriguez later added his AL-leading 18th homer off Brad Voyles.

    Byrd (8-3) retired nine consecutive batters after Lamb's single until Bill Haselman homered in the fourth. Byrd then gave up consecutive singles, a sacrifice fly by Herbert Perry and his only walk to end his shortest outing of the season with the Royals trailing 7-0.

    Over 35 2/3 innings his previous five starts, Byrd had allowed 11 runs -- nine earned. He gave up seven earned runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Rangers and had four strikeouts.

    Rusty Greer led off for Texas with a single and Perry was then hit by a pitch. Rodriguez had a run-scoring single and Rafael Palmeiro a run-scoring double before Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to eight games.

    Chan Ho Park (2-2) started with four shutout innings before he walked the first two batters in the fifth. No. 9 hitter Brent Mayne had a one-out, run-scoring single and Neifi Perez added a sacrifice fly before Carlos Febles hit a two-run homer, one of his three hits.

    Perez hit a liner into the left-center field gap and Greer was fully extended when he made the diving catch. Greer also had a diving catch to rob Michael Tucker of a hit in the second.

    Joe Randa hit a one-out solo homer in the sixth, and Park was gone after hitting the next batter. Park gave up five runs on five hits in his 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.

    Hideki Irabu pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances. He had lost two of his previous three appearances, including Friday against the Royals when in the 11th inning he gave up three homers over five pitches in a 10-7 loss.

    Febles led off the eighth with a triple off Anthony Telford and scored on a Mike Sweeney's sacrifice fly.

    Game notes

    Kansas City has 13 homers in six games against Texas. The Royals have just 27 homers in their other 47 games. ... Texas ended 27 consecutive games against AL Central teams, going 11-16 in that stretch. ... All nine Texas starters reached base, but Perry had his 10-game hitting streak snapped by going 0-for-2 with his hit by pitch and sacrifice fly. Carl Everett had a walk but was 0-for-3. ... The Royals are 8-9 since Tony Pena became their manager.

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