Final in 11

Series: Game 1 of 3

Kansas City leads 1-0 (as of 5/31)

Game 1: Friday, May 31
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Texas 7
Game 2: Saturday, June 1
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Texas 3
Game 3: Sunday, June 2
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Texas 8

Royals 10

(21-30, 9-16 away)

Rangers 7

(21-31, 12-14 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 31, 2002

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: C. Bailey (3-4)

    L: H. Irabu (2-4)

    Beltran, Sweeney and Randa homer in 11th

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals, who began the day last in the AL in homers, turned on a rare power display at exactly the right time on Friday night.

    Carlos Beltran, Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa hit consecutive homers in the 11th inning on five pitches from closer Hideki Irabu to lift the Royals to a 10-7 victory over the Texas Rangers.

    "You're not going to see that too often by our team,'' said Sweeney. "It was pretty exciting, especially at that time in the game. That was the nail in the coffin. We had to put them away.''

    Beltran hit a grand slam in a six-run seventh, then broke a 7-all tie with a one-out solo shot in the 11th off Irabu (2-4). Beltran had his fifth career multihomer game.

    When Irabu got behind in the count 2-0 to Beltran, Irabu grooved a belt-high fastball that he jumped on for his eighth homer.

    "Irabu missed on two splitters, so I was sitting on a fastball,'' Beltran said. "He threw one down the middle and I was able to get a good swing at it.''

    Sweeney and Randa followed with homers for a 10-7 lead, sending the Royals to their fifth win in six games. The Rangers lost for the sixth time in seven games.

    Kansas City last had back-to-back-to-back homers June 29, 2001, in a 5-3 victory at Cleveland.

    Randa saw the Rangers come back with two runs in the ninth to send the game into extra innings, so he knew the Royals needed all the runs they could get in the 11th.

    "Strange things happen here,'' Randa said. "It's a tough place to win. When you think you've got them down, they can come back because of their offense. When they make mistakes, you've got to take advantage.''

    Cory Bailey (3-4) allowed two hits over two shutout innings for the victory. The Rangers, who stranded 15 runners. Irabu had converted 11 of 13 save opportunities after being moved to the bullpen, but he seemed to lose strength in his second inning.

    "I don't know if he ran out of gas,'' said Rangers manager Jerry Narron. "He just had poor location.''

    Texas made it 7-all with two runs in an odd ninth inning. Hernandez had been successful on 17 straight save chances over two seasons before Texas rallied against him.

    With one out, Juan Gonzalez hit his second double of the game and scored on Carl Everett's single, making it 7-6. Pinch-hitter Rusty Greer followed with a tying double.

    The Royals then set up for an intentional walk, but Hernandez threw wide for a wild pitch on ball one, sending pinch-runner Calvin Murray to third.

    After Mike Lamb was walked, Michael Young hit a grounder to third baseman Randa, who trapped Murray in a rundown. Murray and Lamb both wound up on third base, Lamb was tagged out, and Gabe Kapler flied out to send it to extra innings.

    Rodriguez hit a pair of two-run homers for the Rangers, increasing his AL-leading total to 17.

    Rodriguez homered in the first and fifth for his 23rd career multihomer game and fourth this season.

    Beltran's grand slam highlighted a six-run rally in the seventh that put the Royals ahead 7-5.

    Ibanez hit an RBI double off starter Ismael Valdes and another run scored on Todd Greene's passed ball. Reliever Randy Flores walked Neifi Perez and Francisco Cordero walked Carlos Febles to load the bases for Beltran.

    Game notes


    Former Rangers RHP Bobby Witt threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Witt, who struggled with wildness throughout his career, lobbed a perfect strike. ... Suppan has been tagged for 16 homers this season. ... The Royals are 8-7 since Tony Pena took over as manager May 15. ... The Rangers had a season-high seven doubles. ... Perry is 14-for-34 during a nine-game hitting streak. ... Texas is winless in five extra-inning games this season.

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