Rogers records AL-leading ninth victory

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Kenny Rogers didn't panic when he fell
behind early. He just let the Rangers' soaring offense carry him to
another victory.

Rogers earned his ninth win, Brad Fullmer hit a grand slam
and Texas completed a doubleheader sweep with a 10-4 victory over
the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.

Rogers gave up a two-run homer in the first inning to Jack
Wilson, but settled down to win his fifth straight decision. He was
also helped by Texas' offense, which had 13 hits.

"You don't want to give up a quick lead,'' said Rogers, who is
tied for the major league lead in wins with Houston's Roger
Clemens. "But two runs in this ballpark doesn't kill you. I knew
our offense would come around and they bailed me out.''

In the opener, Michael Young, Gary Matthews Jr. and Herbert
Perry homered, and Texas took advantage of two Pittsburgh errors in
the seventh inning to win 9-7.

Mark Teixeira hit a three-run shot in the third inning of the
nightcap for the Rangers, who homered five times in the two games.

Texas also swept its other doubleheader this year, May 1 against
Boston. The Pirates are 1-2-1 in doubleheaders this season.

Rogers (9-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings,
striking out six as Texas swept the three-game series. He was
relieved by Doug Brocail to start the eighth.

"Kenny has been a rock for us,'' Texas manager Buck Showalter
said. "I like handing him the ball every fifth day.''

The Pirates have lost nine of 10 and are 1-5 on a nine-game road

The teams were rained out the last two nights, forcing them to
play a doubleheader on what was supposed to be an off day for both

"Nobody feels sorry for us,'' Pittsburgh manager Lloyd
McClendon said. "We got our tails kicked by a good team. We're not
going to get sympathy from anyone.''

Rogers was coming off one of his worst starts of the season last
Friday against the New York Yankees. He allowed five home runs in
four innings but didn't get a decision in the Yankees' 7-6 victory.

The long ball hurt Rogers again early in the second game when
Jason Kendall singled and Wilson followed with his shot one out
later to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead. Kendall had four hits and was
7-of-8 in the doubleheader.

"The bottom line is we lost two games,'' Kendall said. "That
other stuff doesn't matter.''

Josh Fogg (3-5) gave up eight runs and nine hits in four
innings. It was the most runs he's given up since allowing nine
against the Chicago Cubs on April 15.

Young singled off Fogg leading off the fifth and Hank Blalock
followed with a double. Alfonso Soriano loaded the bases with an
infield single.

Fogg was relieved by Mike Johnston. Fullmer greeted him by
hitting his fifth career slam for a 9-3 Texas lead. It was the
first grand slam for the Rangers this season.

Fullmer has struggled most of the season and his batting average
dipped near .200 last week. But he is starting to find his groove
and is 7-of-16 in his last four games with two home runs.

"I've been feeling a lot better lately,'' Fullmer said.
"Hopefully it will continue. We'll see what tomorrow has in

Teixeira's three-run homer off Fogg in the third keyed a
four-run inning and gave the Rangers a 5-2 lead.

David Dellucci's RBI groundout brought Texas to 2-1 in the

Wilson had an RBI groundout in the fifth to cut Pittsburgh's
deficit to 5-3, and Kendall added a run-scoring double off Rogers
in the seventh.

In the first game, the Rangers scored three unearned runs in the

With Texas trailing 7-6, Rod Barajas reached on Wilson's error
at shortstop leading off the seventh.

After Eric Young's single and an intentional walk to Soriano
loaded the bases, Teixeira hit a grounder to third baseman Chris
Stynes, who had just entered as a defensive replacement for Bobby

But Stynes threw wildly into right field while trying to get the
force at second base, allowing Barajas and Eric Young to score for
an 8-7 Texas lead. Soriano then scored on Perry's groundout.

Stynes entered the game without an error in 74 chances at third.

"He made the right play,'' McClendon said. "He just didn't
throw it to the bag where he needed to.''

Frank Francisco (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for his
first major league win. Francisco Cordero got three outs for his
19th save in 19 opportunities, extending his club record for
consecutive chances converted.

Pirates reliever Brian Meadows (2-2) gave up three unearned runs
in one-third of an inning.

Game notes
Pittsburgh's Craig Wilson was hit by a pitch for the 11th
time this season, tops in the majors. ... The Pirates are 0-6
all-time against the Rangers. ... Michael Young's homer was his
first since May 15 against Detroit. It was his ninth of the year.