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Ibanez drives in six runs in Royals' doubleheader

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- With every swing these days, Raul Ibanez
rewrites the Royals' record book.

A day after tying a team mark with seven RBI, Raul Ibanez drove
in six more runs Monday night as Kansas City swept a doubleheader
from the Texas Rangers, 8-6 and then 6-4.

Ibanez hit a bases-loaded triple in the first inning of the
opener.

In the second game, Ibanez snapped a 4-4 tie with a two-run
single in the seventh. He also doubled home a run in the first.

Ibanez set team records with 10 RBI in two games and 13 RBI in
three games.

"All those guys in front of me are having great at-bats,''
Ibanez said. "I see all those guys putting on great at-bats, and I
don't want to be the one not have a good at-bat. I'm just looking
to do my best.

"Absolutely, it feels great to get key hits. Again, Joe Randa
is hitting in front of me and having a good at-bat. You see that
and push yourself to not be the one to not put a great at-bat out
there.''

Roberto Hernandez picked up saves in games, and has 16 in 20
opportunities.

Royals rookie Runnelvys Hernandez, making his big league debut
in the second game, went five innings and left with a 4-2 lead.

"I was not nervous because I pitched the same way as I did in
Wichita,'' Hernandez said. "My two-seam fastball and my slider
were working well. I also threw some good changeups.''

Reliever Kris Wilson (1-0) failed to maintain it, giving up solo
home runs to Kevin Mench in the sixth and Rafael Palmeiro in the
seventh that made it 4-all.

Palmeiro also doubled home Alex Rodriguez in the Texas first.
Frank Catalanotto and Carl Everett doubled in the fourth for the
other run off the rookie Hernandez.

Randa drove in three runs with a two-run triple in the fifth and
a groundout in the first. He leads the Royals with 57 RBI.

"Randa is a good hitter,'' Rangers manager Jerry Narron said.
"I thought that (triple) was the big hit.''

Luis Alicea, who had four singles, and Carlos Beltran, who had
two doubles and a single, each scored three runs for Kansas City in
the second game.

Anthony Teleford (2-1), who relieved starter Rob Bell to start
the seventh, retired only one of the four batters he faced and was
charged with the loss.

Shawn Sedlacek waited nearly a month and five Royals' starts for
his first big league victory in the opener.

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

Sedlacek then got 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,''
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.

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

Game notes
Royals All-Star first baseman Mike Sweeney sat out the
doubleheader with tightness in his lower back and has missed three
straight games. ... Gonzalez's RBI in the first when he was hit by
a pitch was his first in six games. ... Ibanez has 23 RBI in his
past 17 games. ... The Royals have two doubleheaders this week:
Monday with the Rangers and Saturday with the Cleveland Indians.
... The Royals also swept the Rangers in a doubleheader on May 26.