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Two three-run shots, Everett's triple fuel romp

4/24/2003

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Everybody got big hits for the Texas
Rangers on Thursday.

Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez both had three hits, including
three-run homers, and Carl Everett had a three-run triple to power
the Rangers over the Boston Red Sox 16-5.

Texas had 19 hits, including at least one by every starter in
the first three innings. The Rangers had four doubles, three
triples and two homers.

"We had some good timely hitting, which had been our biggest
disappointment,'' Palmeiro said. "We finally had some good
at-bats, and finally broke out.''

Palmeiro's 496th career homer, his sixth this season, was a
427-foot drive in the fifth that put the Rangers ahead 13-5. He is
19th on the career list, eight behind Sammy Sosa.

It was the Rangers' first double-digit scoring game of the
season and the most runs for Texas since a 19-7 win over the Red
Sox last Aug. 1.

Everett's triple into the right-field corner in the third put
the Rangers ahead 6-4 and chased Derek Lowe (3-2). Texas sent 11
men to the plate in the inning and scored seven runs to take a 10-4
lead.

"Don't let that score fool you. Derek Lowe is one of the best
right-handers in the league,'' said Michael Young, who also had
three hits. "It was just us being due to break out, and we all did
at the same time.''

Gonzalez went 3-for-4 and scored three times, hitting his sixth
homer of the season in the first inning. The two-time AL MVP had
gone 10 games without an extra-base hit or an RBI before hitting
two homers and a double and driving in eight runs as the Rangers
took two of three from the Red Sox.

"I'm feeling much better. I've been working on my mechanics,''
Gonzalez said. "I'm staying back and swinging at strikes. My job
is to drive in runs, and there have been some runners on base.''

R.A. Dickey (1-1) pitched three innings after replacing starter
Ryan Drese with the bases loaded and no outs in the third. It was
the first major league victory for Dickey, the team's first-round
draft pick in 1996.

Trot Nixon hit a comebacker Dickey fumbled and then threw to the
plate. Einar Diaz stretched to make the out, even though replays
showed the catcher may have come off the plate before catching the
ball. Bill Mueller then hit a sacrifice fly to put the Red Sox
ahead 4-3.

Texas loaded the bases in the third on two walks and a Palmeiro
single before Everett's triple. Ryan Christenson greeted reliever
Steve Woodard with a sacrifice fly for the first out, and Hank
Blalock added an RBI double and Alex Rodriguez a run-scoring
single.

Lowe, who hadn't allowed an earned run over 12 innings his
previous two starts, gave up seven runs on six hits in his two-plus
innings.

"It was a struggle of all struggles out there. There is
something going on and I have to figure it out,'' Lowe said. "An
outing like this can be determined in two or three pitches, whether
you can hit your spots or not, even if you're not far off, you're
still off.''

The Rangers added six more runs in the fifth, again sending 11
men to the plate. In addition to Palmeiro's homer, Everett added a
run-scoring double and Kevin Mench had an RBI single.

"We just couldn't stop the bleeding against a team that can
really score some runs,'' said Boston manager Grady Little.

Blalock went 2-for-5 with two doubles, his majors-best average
dropping from .422 to .420. Everett extended his hitting streak to
nine games by going 2-for-5.

Jason Varitek and Todd Walker had RBI singles in the second when
Boston tied the game at 3-3.

Game notes
Boston lost consecutive games for only the second time this
season. The other time was April 8-9 at Toronto. ... The Red Sox
lost the series finale for the second straight time after ending
their first five series this season with a win. ... Lowe is 2-3
with a 3.38 ERA in 23 career appearances against Texas. ... Texas
has 39 homers, the most the Rangers have ever had through 22 games.
They have scored 60 of their 103 runs (58 percent) on home runs.

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