Everett hit a grand slam and a three-run homer -- and nearly homered twice more -- in the Rangers' 19-7 rout Thursday night of the Red Sox, who traded Everett away in December.
"I'm really not trying to beat them more than any other team,''
said Everett, who finished with a career-high seven RBI. "The people who were there that didn't want me aren't there anymore so it's not that big a deal. I was pretty close to some of those guys. We won, that's all that matters.''
Everett, who has six homers in his last seven games, just missed
in the third and fifth innings. His deep drive to center was caught
at the wall in the third, and a long fly ball to right in the fifth
was caught on the warning track.
"I had guys telling me to try to hit homers, but I'm not that good,'' Everett said. "The one I was begging for was the fourth one (in the fifth inning). I knew I didn't get it so I was begging for that one.''
The Rangers acquired Everett from Boston for left-hander Darren
Oliver on Dec. 13.
"I'm sure, playing against the Red Sox, he was locked in, but I didn't see anything any different,'' Rangers manager Jerry Narron said. "He plays hard every night.''
Rafael Palmeiro hit his 467th career homer in the eighth inning
to pass Willie Stargell and Stan Musial for 20th place on the
Todd Hollandsworth added a three-run homer for his first AL home
run, and drove in four runs in his first game for Texas after being
acquired from Colorado in a deadline deal Wednesday.
The Rangers set season highs for runs and homers (six) a day
after they had a season-best 21 hits in a 17-6 pounding of the New
York Yankees. Texas scored six runs in the first and second
innings, had a four-run third, and totaled 20 hits in its first
meeting with Boston this season.
"This is more of what I thought we'd be like, with everyone contributing and scoring a lot of runs,'' Palmeiro said of the last-place Rangers' disappointing season. "We've had a lot of injuries, a lot of guys having down years. We couldn't mesh early but we can still come out and do it the rest of the way.''
Cliff Floyd, acquired by the Red Sox on Tuesday in a trade with
Montreal, went 2-for-3 with two walks in his first game with
Chan Ho Park (4-5) had a 16-1 lead after three innings and
picked up his first victory since June 23, allowing six runs and
six hits over 5 1-3 innings before exiting due to a blister on the
middle finger of his right hand.
Park, who had four no-decisions and two losses during the
drought, struck out nine and walked three but gave up three homers.
The Rangers continued Wednesday night's offensive binge with
their six-run first inning against John Burkett (10-4).
Burkett got into immediate trouble by hitting Frank Catalanotto
and Mench with pitches to lead off the first. Alex Rodriguez singled to load the bases, and Rafael Palmeiro followed with a two-run single. Hollandsworth had an RBI double in his first at-bat for Texas, and Everett followed with his three-run shot to make it 6-1.
The Rangers chased Burkett in the second on Alex Rodriguez's RBI
single, extending the margin to 7-1. Later in the second, Ivan
Rodriguez added a run-scoring single off Frank Castillo and, after
Hollandsworth walked to load the bases, Everett's eighth career
grand slam made it 12-1.
Burkett allowed eight runs and six hits over 1 1/3 innings.
Castillo didn't fare much better, giving up 10 runs and 11 hits
over 3 2/3 innings.
"Tonight was just a terrible game and an embarrassment,'' said
Burkett, who pitched a four-hit shutout against Baltimore in his
previous start. "I couldn't have gotten a Texas high school team
out let alone the Texas Rangers. I ended up putting Frank (Castillo) in a bad position and he would up taking one for the team.''
In the third, Mench's solo homer and Hollandsworth's three-run
blast extended the lead to 16-1. Lamb's two-run shot off Castillo
in the fifth made it 18-1.
Damon's RBI single in the eighth made it 18-7.
With 36 runs in consecutive games, the Rangers had the
second-highest two-game total in team history. They scored 38 runs
in back-to-back games in April 1996. ... Everett's previous high was six RBI for Boston on Aug. 29, 2000 against Tampa Bay. ...
Damon hit his 12th career homer to leading off a game. ... Floyd
walked in the first inning in his first AL at-bat, then doubled in
the sixth for his first hit for Boston. ... Rangers' RF Juan
Gonzalez missed his second straight game due to a sprained ligament
in his right thumb. The thumb will be placed in a cast for a few
days and he is day to day. ... With seven RBI in two innings,
Everett fell one short of the major league record for RBI in
consecutive innings. Four players hold the record of eight. ...
Burkett had his shortest outing since retiring only two batters in
a start for the Rangers in September of 1998. ... RHP Rich Garces
cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by Boston on
July 25. ... RHP Bobby Howry, acquired in a trade with the Chicago
White Sox on Wednesday, made his Red Sox debut in the eighth