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Rangers homer for 25th straight game in victory

9/7/2002

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Rangers made home-run history.

Texas tied a major league-record by homering in its 25th
consecutive games when Herbert Perry hit a three-run shot in the
third inning of the Rangers' 11-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil
Rays on Saturday night.

The Rangers joined the 1941 New York Yankees, 1994 Detroit
Tigers and 1998 Atlanta Braves in accomplishing the feat.

"It's nice to share it,'' Texas manager Jerry Narron said.
"When you're talking about the '41 Yankees, you're talking about a
pretty good club. If we get a home run tomorrow, it'll be great ...
if we win.''

Perry went deep on a 1-0 pitch from Victor Zambrano (6-7). The
opposite-field drive put Texas up 5-0.

"I didn't even know about it,'' Perry said of the streak. "I
knew we had a string going, but I didn't know today was the day. So
obviously, I wasn't thinking about it. You're just basically going
up there trying to see it and hit it.''

Perry added a two-run shot off Lee Gardner in the seventh,
giving him a career-high five RBI. It was Perry's first multihomer
game this season and fourth overall.

Chan Ho Park (8-6) won his fourth straight start, allowing two
runs and seven hits in 8 1/3 innings. He left after walking four
straight batters with one out in the ninth.

Park was ejected by plate umpire Mike Winters after being taken
out. As he headed toward the dugout, the right-hander questioned a
call on a ninth-inning pitch.

"I asked where was the pitch, and he just threw me out,'' Park
said.

Aubrey Huff hit a solo homer for the Tampa Bay in the seventh.
He has homered in three consecutive games and has a career-high
14-game hitting streak.

Zambrano (6-7) gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings.
The Devil Rays have lost five straight, getting outscored 44-10.

"We've had a bad stretch of ballgames,'' Tampa Bay manager Hal
McRae said. "We really haven't done much. We're not pitching well.
We're not hitting. That's a deadly combination.''

Tampa Bay (47-94) fell a franchise-worst 47-games under .500. It
was the 68th time the Devil Rays scored three or less fewer, losing
62 of the games.

Texas loaded the bases with no outs in the second, but scored
just once on Ruben Rivera's sacrifice fly.

Carl Everett had an RBI single in the third before Perry hit his
first homer of the game.

An RBI single by Todd Hollandsworth made it 6-0 in the fourth.
Hollandsworth, who has seven RBI over the past three games, hit a
two-run homer in the ninth inning of Friday's 9-3 win over Tampa
Bay to keep the streak alive.

Texas homered in 21 straight games earlier this year from June
24-July 18. The Rangers are the only team to have two streaks of 20
or more games in the same season.

Everett had a run-scoring single and Rivera walked with the
bases-loaded during a three-run, ninth.

Game notes
Perry said he has agreed to terms on a two-year contract
extension with Texas. "I love playing here,'' Perry said. "I
probably could have gone out there and found a job somewhere, but I
wanted to be here.'' ... The Rangers have 50 homers during the
current streak. ... Rangers 1B Rafael Palmeiro was hit in the leg
by pitch in the ninth, but Narron said he was OK. ... Texas SS Alex
Rodriguez went deep into the hole and threw while in the air to
retire Toby Hall on a fifth-inning grounder. ... Rangers C Ivan
Rodriguez singled in the second and has a season-high 11-game
hitting streak. He also threw out Randy Winn trying to steal second
in the first, ending a streak of nine consecutive successful stolen
base attempts against him dating back to July 16. ... Huff has
driven in or scored six of the Devil Rays 10 runs over the past
five games.