TORONTO (AP) -- The Texas Rangers made sure a big crowd in
Toronto went home disappointed.
Juan Gonzalez and Carl Everett each homered twice to lead the
Rangers over the Toronto Blue Jays 16-11 Tuesday night. A crowd of 48,097, the largest since opening day, turned out at
SkyDome after the Blue Jays offered $1 tickets in an effort to show
Toronto remains vibrant despite SARS. "It was good to see the people come out. Unfortunately, we
didn't give them a win,'' Blue Jays starter Mark Hendrickson said. Alex Rodriguez and Todd Greene also homered for the Rangers, who
have won a franchise-record nine straight against Toronto. Greene, a former Blue Jay, said it was nice to see such a large
crowd. "I had no doubt the fans would come out to support their city.
I love Toronto. I enjoyed playing here and I had no concerns coming
here,'' Greene said. Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Hendrickson
(1-4), and his three-run shot off Jeff Tam in the sixth gave Texas
a 12-4 lead. Gonzalez has eight homers this season and 45 career
multihomer games. Everett has nine home runs this year and 15 multihomer games.
Gonzalez drove in a season-high five runs and Everett knocked in
four. "It's good to show the pitching we can score some runs,''
Everett said. Rodriguez hit his 19th career homer at SkyDome, surpassing Jose
Canseco for the most by any visiting player. "This is one of my favorite stadiums. I think it's one of the
best in all of baseball,'' Rodriguez said. "I'm very comfortable
in the box. I see the ball well.'' Rodriguez is 9-for-11 with nine RBI in his last two games. He
went 5-for-5 with six RBI Sunday. Francisco Cordero got four outs for his first save. "You have to give that team a lot of credit. They never quit,''
Rodriguez said. Toronto trailed 12-4 before scoring three runs in the seventh
and four in the eighth. Eric Hinske's RBI double off Aaron Fultz
cut the Rangers' lead to 13-11. Everett hit a two-run homer off Kelvim Escobar in the ninth. The Blue Jays overcame a seven-run deficit in Sunday's 10-9
victory over Kansas City, "They did a great job in coming back,'' Rafael Palmeiro said.
"It was just one of those days where both teams were hitting
well.'' Toronto's Frank Catalanotto had four hits. After Rodriguez doubled in the first, Gonzalez homered off
Hendrickson. Greene's two-run homer off Hendrickson gave Texas a 4-0 lead in
the second. Rodriguez reached base with a hit for the seventh straight time
with his ninth home run of the season in the third. Hendrickson allowed five runs on five hits in just 2 2/3
innings. Everett's two-run shot off Aquilino Lopez in the fourth gave
Texas a 7-0 lead. Vernon Wells' two-run single and Carlos Delgado's two-run homer
off winner John Thomson (2-2) cut the Rangers' lead to 7-4 in the
fifth. Thomson allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. Texas added five runs in the sixth on Rodriguez's two-run single
and Gonzalez's homer. Wells' sacrifice fly and Hinske's two-run double off Brian
Shouse in the seventh cut the Rangers' lead to 12-7.
One fan held up a sign that read: "Catch the ball, not
SARS.'' The Blue Jays lead the AL with 28 errors. ... The U.S.
ambassador to Canada, Paul Cellucci, threw out the ceremonial first
pitch. Cellucci said Toronto's SARS outbreak has been overblown,
and it's safe to visit the city. The Blue Jays announced they sold
all their tickets before the World Health Organization lifted its
warning against nonessential travel to Toronto, saying it was
satisfied with local measures to stop the spread of severe acute
respiratory syndrome. ... Blue Jays owner Ted Rogers attended the
game. "I'm thrilled with the response we've had to our Jays
evening. We're proud of our city and we want the world to know
Toronto is a safe, vibrant, world-class city,'' Rogers said.
Ontario premier Ernie Eves, Toronto mayor Mel Lastman and Dr.
Sheela Basrur, Toronto's medical officer of health, also attended.