Series: Game 3 of 3

Toronto won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, May 28
Game 2: Saturday, May 29
Game 3: Sunday, May 30

Rangers 4

(27-22, 11-13 away)

Blue Jays 2

(22-28, 14-14 home)

    1:05 PM ET, May 30, 2004

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    TOR 000001100 2 9 1

    W: K. Rogers (8-2)

    L: J. Miller (1-1)

    S: F. Cordero (16)

    Rogers is first in majors to reach eight wins

    TORONTO (AP) -- Kenny Rogers felt fortunate to become the first eight-game winner in the major leagues.

    Rogers walked seven, but the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Sunday to stop a four-game losing streak.

    "It was as much of a struggle as I've ever had trying to find the strike zone," Rogers said. "I was extremely lucky."

    Rogers (8-2) won his fourth straight start, allowing an unearned run and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. The walks were one shy of his career high.

    "I couldn't find the right recipe, mechanically or mentally," he said. "Whatever I was doing out there was totally wrong."

    Rogers, off to the best start of his major league career, has won six times following Texas losses. He escaped a pair of bases-loaded jams, and the Blue Jays tied a season high by stranding 14.

    "It was a magic act for the most part," said Rogers, who enjoys being the ace of the staff. "Even when you don't have your best stuff, you know everybody here believes in you. I can't overstate how much that means to a pitcher."

    Francisco Cordero pitched two innings for his 16th save in 16 chances, ending Toronto's five-game winning streak.

    Blue Jays slugger Carlos Delgado missed the game with a strained right ribcage. Without their team leader in RBI, the Blue Jays went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

    "Kenny is a guy that just doesn't give in," Toronto's Vernon Wells said. "We had a lot of guys on. We just weren't able to drive them in."

    Justin Miller (1-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings.

    Rogers walked three batters in the first, but escaped as Alexis Rios grounded out. He loaded them again in the fifth by allowing a single and two walks, but Bobby Estalella hit into an inning-ending double play.

    "We were extremely lucky to win with that many walks," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

    Texas built a 2-0 lead on Hank Blalock's RBI single in the third and Rod Barajas' run-scoring single in the fifth. Brad Fullmer ended a 0-for-21 slump with a homer in the sixth, giving the Rangers a 3-0 lead.

    Texas had gone 20 consecutive at-bats without a hit from its cleanup hitter until Fullmer homered.

    Shortstop Michael Young's fielding error loaded the bases in the sixth, and reliever Carlos Almanzar walked Frank Menechino, forcing in Toronto's first run. Wells then struck out, smacking his bat in frustration.

    Eric Hinske hit an RBI single in the seventh as Toronto closed to 3-2. Blue Jays reliever Valerio De Los Santos threw two wild pitches before David Dellucci hit a run-scoring grounder in the seventh.

    Game notes

    Rogers' parents drove from Florida to see him pitch. ... Rogers has won four straight against Toronto. ... Fullmer is 4-for-9 in his career against Miller. .. Delgado is day to day.

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