Series: Game 3 of 3

Texas won 3-0

Game 1: Monday, August 16
Game 2: Tuesday, August 17
Game 3: Wednesday, August 18

Indians 2

(63-59, 26-35 away)

Rangers 5

(67-52, 38-19 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 18, 2004

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: K. Rogers (15-5)

    L: S. Elarton (2-9)

    S: F. Cordero (37)

    Blalock belts two homers in victory

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Hank Blalock homered twice, Kenny Rogers earned his 15th win and the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

    Blalock went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth, breaking out of a 10-for-64 slide spanning his previous 19 games. He had gone 28 games without a homer since July 19.

    Blalock's wife, Misty, was in labor at a hospital Wednesday night awaiting the birth of their first child.

    Rogers (15-5) allowed two runs and eight hits in six effective innings to move within two wins of matching his career high -- he went 17-7 for Texas in 1995. The left-hander struck out three and didn't issue a walk.

    Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 37th save in 39 chances. Ron Mahay, Carlos Almanzar and Cordero combined for three innings of scoreless relief, keeping Texas just a half-game behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.

    David Dellucci hit a two-run homer in the first to spark the offense and the Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Indians, who dropped their fourth in a row and fell 4½ games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.

    Mark Teixeira, who became the second Rangers player to hit for the cycle Tuesday night, arrived at the ballpark with an upset stomach and went 1-for-4 with a double.

    Indians starter Scott Elarton (2-3) allowed three homers and left in the sixth trailing 5-2. Elarton gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out five.

    Casey Blake homered for the Indians, who finished 1-8 against Texas this season.

    Texas took a 2-0 lead in the first when Alfonso Soriano struck out but reached first on a wild pitch, and Dellucci followed with his 12th homer.

    Cleveland made it 2-1 in the third on Omar Vizquel's RBI single, then tied it at 2 in the fourth on Blake's 21st homer.

    Texas went back in front 3-2 when Blalock's drive down the right-field line glanced off the outside of the foul pole.

    In the sixth, Teixeira doubled and Blalock hit his 26th homer to push Texas' lead to 5-2.

    Game notes

    Texas' six-game winning streak is its second-longest of the season. The Rangers won eight straight from June 18-26. ... Cleveland DH Travis Hafner was out of the lineup due to a sore right elbow. ... Dellucci's homer made him 8-for-12 in his career against Elarton with three homers. ... Rogers picked Jody Gerut off first in the fifth, his fifth pickoff of the season. ... Texas is 38-19 at home, the best home record in club history after 57 games.

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