Series: Game 1 of 3

Texas leads 1-0 (as of 4/29)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 29
Game 2: Wednesday, April 30
Game 3: Thursday, May 1

Rangers 16

(12-14, 4-6 away)

Blue Jays 11

(10-17, 4-9 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 29, 2003

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: J. Thomson (2-2)

    L: M. Hendrickson (1-4)

    S: F. Cordero (1)

    Rangers hit six home runs in win over Toronto

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Texas Rangers made sure a big crowd in Toronto went home disappointed.

    Carl Everett

    Juan Gonzalez

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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