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Ibanez sets Royals record with 10 RBI in two games

7/15/2002

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Shawn Sedlacek waited nearly a month and
five Kansas City Royals' starts for his first big league victory.

Raul Ibanez hit a bases-loaded triple in a four-run first inning
as the Royals beat the Texas Rangers 8-6 Monday in the first game
of a doubleheader.

Ibanez, who drove in seven runs Sunday, set a Royals record with
10 RBI in two games.

Sedlacek (1-0), who had no-decisions in his previous four starts
-- he left three with the lead, gave up three runs and four hits in
six innings. He retired 14 straight batters after getting off to a
shaky start.

The bullpen almost failed Sedlacek again with the Rangers
scoring three runs in the ninth, two on Herbert Perry's home run
off Dan Reichert before Roberto Hernandez got the final out for his
15th save.

"I was pretty confident,'' Sedlacek said the lead would hold
up. "It's a good feeling to get my first win. I'm very excited.''

The two teams combined to score six runs on only two hits in the
first inning, which included five walks and a hit batter.

The first four batters reached base against Sedlacek. Frank
Catalanotto led off with an infield single, Mike Lamb and Alex
Rodriguez walked to load the bases and Juan Gonzalez was hit by a
pitch.

Sedlacek then got Rafael Palmeiro on an RBI groundout, and not
another Texas hitter reached until the sixth.

"I was overthrowing, throwing too hard,'' Sedlacek said. "I've
been off for a while because of the All-Star break. The pitching
coach (John Cumberland) came out and wanted to minimize the damage.
I minimized the damage and our hitters me four runs in the bottom
of the first.''

Joaquin Benoit (2-1), promoted earlier from the minors, hurt
himself with seven walks in five-plus innings.

Texas pitchers walked a season-high nine and Kansas City
pitchers walked seven.

Benoit walked the bases loaded in the first and Ibanez cleared
them with a triple to the right-field corner. Michael Tucker's
sacrifice fly to left scored Ibanez.

"I know he is better than he pitched in the first inning,''
Rangers manager Jerry Narron said. "He's got to throw strikes. How
many did he walk, eight? That's terrible.''

Benoit exited after walking Tucker to lead off the sixth. Randy
Flores replaced Benoit and yielded a two-out, three-run homer to
Aaron Guiel to make it 7-3.

The Rangers scored off Sedlacek in the sixth when Gonzalez
singled and scored on a double by Ivan Rodriguez.

Joe Randa doubled and scored on Tucker's single in the seventh
for the final Kansas City run.

Game notes
Gonzalez's RBI in the first when he was hit by a pitch was
his first in six games. ... Ibanez has 20 RBI in his past 16
games. ... The Royals have two doubleheaders this week: Monday with
the Rangers and Saturday with the Cleveland Indians.