ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Take away that one horrendous inning,
and Kenny Rogers was stellar in his return to Texas.
Rogers allowed just one baserunner outside of Anaheim's six-run
fourth, and Texas beat the Angels 12-6 Saturday night for its third
"I felt great. I felt I had plenty of stuff to go out there and
do well," Rogers said. " The first three (innings) were as good
as I'm going to get. It's disappointing for the fourth because of
the stuff I had, and I felt I had control of what I wanted to do."
All six runs and six of the seven hits Rogers (1-0) gave up were
in the Anaheim fourth. He was perfect before then with a 4-0 lead,
and retired six of the last seven batters he faced after that.
"He made the adjustment, and got two more innings and shut them
down," catcher Gerald Laird said. "It shows what he's about."
After Anaheim's outburst, Texas got the lead right back in the
bottom of the fourth.
Young, who took over at shortstop for traded AL MVP Alex
Rodriguez, tied the game with a two-run homer that just cleared the
glove of leaping center fielder Garret Anderson. Blalock then
doubled and scored on Fullmer's single for a 7-6 lead.
"I'm really impressed with how all of them came back," manager
Buck Showalter said. "It's good karma."
Rogers, the first Texas pitcher to have three stints with the
team, struck out seven in six innings.
"Kenny knows where he's going to make his living, and he's able
to put it as far out as the umpire's going to give him," Anaheim
manager Mike Scioscia said. "You've got to give him credit. He
After spending last season in Minnesota, Rogers signed a $6
million, two-year contract to return to Texas. In the first home
start of his third go-round with Texas, he earned his 102nd win for
the Rangers, and 37th at The Ballpark in Arlington to match former
teammate Rick Helling for the most victories.
Ten years after throwing a perfect game against the Angels in
the team's first season at The Ballpark, Rogers didn't allow a
runner until David Eckstein led off the fourth with a single.
The Angels then loaded the bases with one out on two more
singles. After Troy Glaus took a called third strike, Jose Guillen
hit a two-run single, Tim Salmon was hit by a pitch and Jose Molina
hit a bases-loaded triple. Adam Kennedy's RBI single made it 6-4
before he was caught stealing for the third out.
"I fell in love with throwing some sinkers ... every hit that
inning was on a sinker," Rogers said. "After that, I decided I
wasn't going to throw many more of those. I was pretty happy with
the adjustment I made to keep from having another inning like
John Lackey (0-1) gave up seven runs on nine hits over 3 2-3
The Rangers led 4-0 in the first on an RBI single by Fullmer,
who played the last two seasons in Anaheim, and Teixeira's
three-run homer, his second.
Blalock's solo homer, his second, gave Texas an 8-6 lead in the
The Rangers had 12 runs and 18 hits for the second straight day
against the Angels, who began the season with a three-game sweep of
Seattle. Every starter had a hit, led by three each by Blalock
(3-for-3 with two walks), Fullmer and David Dellucci.
Texas CF Laynce Nix is 6-for-13 in his three starts. He was
2-for-5 Saturday ... Neither team took batting practice on the
field because of light rain during the day, but the game started on
time. Anaheim had skipped on-field BP before Friday's series
opener, a day game. ... The only player who hasn't seen action for
Texas is RHP Joaquin Benoit, a long reliever. Anaheim C Bengie
Molina (strained left hamstring) also hasn't played. ... Eckstein,
Darin Erstad, Anderson and Kennedy have hits in all five Anaheim
games. ... Salmon is 1-for-20 this season.