ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Carl Everett is finally performing like
the player the Texas Rangers thought they traded for last December.
Everett went 4-for-4, Alex Rodriguez and Herbert Perry homered,
and the Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Tuesday night. ``Carl had a great night,'' Rangers manager Jerry Narron said.
``It's been a tough year for him, but he never made any excuses.
Carl plays all out when he plays. You know you're going to get a
full effort from him.'' Everett had arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage from
his right knee last Dec. 28, and didn't have complete mobility
through the first half of the season. Everett also spent two
stretches on the disabled list for hamstring and calf injuries. ``I'm just getting reps at the plate, doing what I know,'' said
Everett, who started August with a .193 batting average. ``I'm not
here to prove anything to anybody. I'm just doing what I'm capable
of doing. I know how to play the game.'' Everett raised his batting average to .241 and has four homers
and 20 RBI in August. Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 47th homer in the
Rangers' three-run eighth inning to extend the Rangers' lead. Rodriguez also made several outstanding defensive plays, and
Narron said his shortstop deserves the Gold Glove. ``I take a lot more pride in my defense than I do in my
offense,'' Rodriguez said. ``Defensively, we've solidified
ourselves up the middle. It's been fun to play with (second
baseman) Michael Young.'' Dennys Reyes (2-1) gave up three runs and six hits over five
innings for his first victory as a Texas starter. The Rangers
acquired the left-hander in a trade with the Colorado Rockies on
July 31, and he was making his second straight start after joining
the rotation from the bullpen. ``It's a big game for me,'' said Reyes, who was battered for
eight runs and eight hits in a 12-3 loss at Boston on Aug. 22. ``I
didn't have a good outing the last time.'' Rodrigo Lopez gave up a season-high 10 hits over five innings. Lopez (14-6) allowed five runs, struck out four and didn't have
a walk. ``He's been dependable most of the year,'' Orioles manager Mike
Hargrove said. ``Tonight was just one of those nights. He hung some
sliders and just didn't put the ball where he wanted.'' Everett's four hits matched a career high for the 13th time as
the Rangers stretched their home winning streak to a season-high
five games. Tony Batista went 3-for-4 and homered for the Orioles, who lost
their fourth straight. Baltimore took a 2-0 lead in the first with the help of two
errors on the same play. After Melvin Mora drew a leadoff walk,
Jerry Hairston singled to left. Left fielder Kevin Mench bobbled
the ball for one error, allowing Mora to go to third. Mora scored
on another error when Young failed to glove Rodriguez's throw to
second. Batista's single drove in Hairston for the inning's second run,
then Mike Bordick's solo homer in the second made it 3-0. Lopez pitched a scoreless first three innings, working out of a
first-and-second jam in the third. But the Rangers had a four-run fourth highlighted by Perry's
18th homer, his fourth in six games, after singles by Rafael
Palmeiro and Everett. Young tripled later in the fourth and scored on Todd
Hollandsworth's double to put Texas in front, 4-3. In the fifth, consecutive two-out doubles by Ivan Rodriguez and
Everett extended the Rangers' lead to 5-3. Batista's 26th homer leading off the seventh against Jay Powell
cut Texas' lead to 5-4. Everett tacked on an extra run in the seventh with a two-out RBI
After the game the Rangers purchased the contract of C Todd
Greene from Triple-A Oklahoma and optioned 1B Travis Hafner to
Oklahoma. Backup catcher Bill Haselman has a sore right shoulder
and won't be available for the next few games. ... Lopez's 14 wins
keep him tied with Bob Milacki (1989) for fourth place among
Baltimore rookie starters. Wally Bunker had 19 in 1964, Chuck
Estrada had 18 in 1960 and Mike Boddicker had 16 in 1983. ...
Lopez, the AL's top rookie winner, fell to 12-2 in night games. ...
Mike Bordick extended his errorless streak to 82 games. He had help
in the sixth when 1B Jeff Conine scooped Bordick's low throw out of
the dirt. ... The Orioles have lost 10 of their last 12 meetings
with the Rangers. ... Rodriguez hit his 29th home run at home,
setting a new club record. Rafael Palmeiro had 28 in 1999. ...
Young had a 39-game streak without an error snapped.