Series: Game 1 of 3

Texas leads 1-0 (as of 8/27)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 27
Baltimore 4Final
Texas 9
Game 2: Wednesday, August 28
Baltimore 3Final
Texas 5
Game 3: Thursday, August 29
Baltimore 6Final
Texas 9

Orioles 4

(63-67, 31-35 away)

Rangers 9

(58-72, 33-32 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 27, 2002

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: D. Reyes (2-2)

    L: R. Lopez (14-6)

    Everett 4-for-4 in win; A-Rod hits 47th homer

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Carl Everett is finally performing like the player the Texas Rangers thought they traded for last December.

    Carl Everett

    Alex Rodriguez

    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 single.

    Game notes

    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.

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