Rogers first to 11, hasn't lost since May 9

SEATTLE (AP) -- Kenny Rogers isn't thinking about the All-Star
game just yet.

Rogers became the first 11-game winner in the majors and Hank
Blalock hit a two-run home run, leading the Texas Rangers to a 9-6
victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

The 39-year-old Rogers (11-2), who hasn't lost since May 9,
pitched into the sixth and won his seventh straight decision. At
this rate, he could be taking the mound to start for the American
League two weeks from now in Houston.

"I've got two more for the team I play for, first and
foremost," Rogers said. "The next one's in Cleveland and one more
after that with Boston. After that, we'll think about it and see
what happens."

He faced one batter in the sixth, allowing three runs on six
hits and struck out three. The Rangers also got strong relief
appearances by Frank Francisco and Brian Shouse and a solo homer by
Mark Teixeira.

"I don't think about what's going to happen or what someone
envisions," Rogers said when asked about the All-Star game. "I
know there are a lot of guys on this club that should be going."

Texas was 22 games behind first-place Seattle at this point last
season, but the AL West-leading Rangers (44-31) are only one game
behind the best start in team history after 75 games, set in 1996.

Francisco pitched two scoreless innings, and Francisco Cordero
came in with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth. He gave up
a two-run single to Ichiro Suzuki before getting Randy Winn to line
out to left -- Cordero's 24th save in 26 chances.

"Frankie's innings were the key to the game," Rangers manager
Buck Showalter said. "And it doesn't go without saying, Coco was
big at the end."

Teixeira extended the lead to 8-3 with a solo homer in the
eighth inning, and Rod Barajas added an RBI double in the ninth.

The Rangers collected nine of their 16 hits and built a 5-0
third-inning lead against rookie Clint Nageotte (1-4), who lost his
third straight start in his fifth big league appearance.

Rogers was perfect through three innings, and the Rangers
appeared ready to coast with their 5-0 lead, built on David
Dellucci's two-RBI single and a run-scoring single and a sacrifice
fly by Barajas.

Then, the Mariners attacked in the fourth.

"We got him out of there, probably earlier than a lot of teams
have this year," Seattle manager Bob Melvin said.

Winn drove a 1-1 pitch from Rogers for a two-run homer that
pulled Seattle to 5-2 after Suzuki's leadoff single. The ball went
over the wall in left, just beyond Dellucci's reach.

"It didn't bother me because we were up 5-0," Rogers said.
"It kind of started a little roll for them. It got them back into
the game a little."

Rich Aurilia added a two-out RBI double down the left-field
line, scoring Bret Boone to make it 5-3.

Rogers left after giving up a single by Jolbert Cabrera leading
off the sixth. Francisco took over, getting Edgar Martinez to hit
into a double play and striking out Boone to preserve the lead.

In the eighth, Michael Young hit a leadoff single and Blalock
followed by hitting an 0-1 pitch from Julio Mateo for his 21st
homer to give Texas a 7-3 lead in the eighth. The homer kept
Blalock tied with Boston's David Ortiz for the AL lead.

Two outs later, Teixeira drove a 1-1 pitch from Mateo just over
the wall in right.

Nageotte, called up from Triple-A Tacoma on May 28, left after
walking Brad Fullmer and Teixeira with two outs in the fourth.

Nageotte pitched 3 2-3 innings, struggling much of the time with
his control. He allowed five runs on nine hits with two walks and
one strikeout. He also threw a wild pitch and hit one batter.

"I fell behind some hitters," Nageotte said. "Even with a
team that swings the bat early in the count, you have to make
quality pitches."

Game notes
The Rangers tied a team record for most homers in June --
44. The previous mark was set in 2001. ... Rogers came in with a
7-9 lifetime record against Seattle, allowing a .354 average. He
was hit in the hand by Suzuki's grounder in the fifth but, after
two extra warmup tosses, kept pitching.