Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Texas won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, August 16
Toronto 5Final
Texas 6
Game 2: Saturday, August 17
Toronto 5Final
Texas 9
Game 3: Sunday, August 18
Toronto 7Final
Texas 10

Blue Jays 7

(52-70, 23-37 away)

Rangers 10

(54-68, 32-32 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 18, 2002

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    TOR 120000004 7 - -
    TEX 33101020 - 10 - -

    W: A. Myette (2-4)

    L: E. Loaiza (5-7)

    Rodriguez has six homers in past three games

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez isn't going to waste time breaking down the elements of one of the best streaks in his career. He's just going to ride it out.

    Alex Rodriguez
    Shortstop
    Texas Rangers
    Profile
    2002 SEASON STATISTICS
    GM HR RBI R SB AVG
    121 44 110 100 8 .323

    Rodriguez tied a major league record with his fifth home run in two games and the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 10-7 victory Sunday night.

    Rodriguez homered twice to pass Sammy Sosa for the major league lead with 44 homers. Rodriguez also went deep three times Saturday night and once Friday, all against the Blue Jays.

    With six home runs over three games, Rodriguez matched the American League record set by Tony Lazzeri of the New York Yankees (1936), Gus Zernial of the Philadelphia Athletics (1951) and Manny Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians (1998).

    Two other players have hit five homers over two games this season. Boston's Nomar Garciaparra did it July 22-23, and Dodgers slugger Shawn Green did it May 23-24.

    ''You just live in the moment,'' said Rodriguez, who has six homers in nine plate appearances over three games. ''It's not something you sit back and analyze. You just want to prolong it as long as possible. There's a sense of clarity. Everything slows down. Your vision is better. It's really hard to describe.''

    With the score tied at 3, Mike Lamb drove in the go-ahead run in the second inning with a groundout. Rodriguez followed with his fifth homer over a span of seven at-bats to give the Rangers a 6-3 edge.

    Rodriguez added a bases-empty shot in the seventh off Corey Thurman to give him a major league-high 110 RBI.

    ''He's in a zone, but he's been in a zone for seven years so it's not a surprise,'' Rangers manager Jerry Narron said. ''I don't think we appreciate what we're seeing. There's no shortstop who comes close to what he's doing. He's the best player in the game today.''

    Rafael Palmeiro followed Rodriguez in the seventh with his 34th homer of the season and 481st of his career to extend Texas' lead to 10-3.

    Palmeiro becomes a fan when he's asked about Rodriguez's torrid run.

    ''He's as hot as anyone I've seen,'' Palmeiro said. ''It's incredible the streak he's on. Why does it have to end? Why not keep riding it?''

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez will remain with the Rangers for the foreseeable future.

    Rodriguez simply wore out the Blue Jays, hitting mistakes as well as some good pitches.

    ''Tonight we made a lot of mistakes,'' Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said. ''We need to make more quality pitches against A-Rod and the other sluggers that the Rangers have.''

    Carl Everett went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs for the Rangers, who won their fourth in a row.

    Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer in the Blue Jays' four-run ninth.

    Aaron Myette (2-4) got off to a shaky start, allowing six baserunners in the first two innings. But the 24-year-old right-hander settled down, shutting out the Blue Jays over the next three to win his second consecutive start after going winless in his first five this season.

    Myette allowed three runs on seven walks and four hits over five innings.

    The Rangers won eight of the nine meetings in the season series with the Blue Jays, which ended Sunday.

    Shannon Stewart and Vernon Wells went 2-for-5 for Toronto, which lost its fifth in a row.

    Toronto got the lead in the first on Wells' run-scoring single. Texas grabbed a 3-1 advantage in the first against former Ranger Esteban Loaiza (5-7) on Ivan Rodriguez's run-scoring single and Everett's two-run double.

    Loaiza allowed eight runs and eight hits over four-plus innings.

    Game notes


    After the game the Rangers optioned Jason Hart to their Triple-A farm team in Oklahoma. Outfielder Todd Hollandsworth will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Hollandsworth has been out since Aug. 4 due to a strained quadriceps. ... In the first inning, Myette threw 34 pitches and Toronto had four baserunners, but the Blue Jays could only manage one run. The first inning took 37 minutes. ... The Rangers have won six of eight. ... Alex Rodriguez already has the second highest home run total of his career, surpassed only by the 52 of last season. He has eight multihomer games this season, 26 for his career.

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