ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Kenny Rogers probably wouldn't mind the
Texas hitters spreading out a few of those runs.
The left-hander finally got a lot more offensive support than he
needed, along with his first win as a 40-year-old pitcher.Michael Young hit a three-run homer in a five-run first, and
then Rogers allowed just two singles over six shutout innings in
the Rangers' 8-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night."We haven't given him much support, so today, he enjoyed
pitching," catcher Rod Barajas said. "He's had hard luck but he
continues to be consistent and just does the same thing. ... He
kept the ball down in the zone, got them to swing at bad pitches
and didn't make any mistakes."Rogers (1-2) needed five starts to get his first win this year.
Texas scored just two runs in his previous two starts, both losses,
and he trailed 1-0 when he left after six innings in his first
start."We jumped out there and gave Kenny something to work with,
something he hasn't had," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's got
some starts this year that he should have gotten a `W."Young's third homer came before the Rangers even made an out.
Richard Hidalgo, mired in a 6-for-54 slump and starting for only
the second time in five games, added a two-run single in the
five-run first."Getting on the board early just gave Kenny a chance to relax
and do what he does best," said Mench, who had a double before
Hidalgo's hit.Rogers walked five, but three of those came with two outs, and
no Seattle runner reached third base. He left after 105 pitches,
just 57 for strikes."It's like the ball never gets to you, and you never hit it
square," Bret Boone said. "But that's how he's made his living.
He has a lot of movement on his fastball."Rogers left without talking to reporters. That has been common
since spring training, when he got upset about reports of a meeting
he had with owner Tom Hicks before camp in which he sought a
contract extension, and reportedly threatened to retire if he
didn't get one.Seattle avoided the shutout when Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run
double off Francisco Cordero with two outs in the ninth. The was
the only of Seattle's six hits that went for extra bases.Texas got 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings against Ryan Franklin (1-3),
who came in allowing opponents to hit just .163 -- the best in the
AL. He had worked at least eight innings in all three of his starts
since returning to the rotation.The Rangers started the fifth with three straight singles, with
Kevin Mench's hit driving in a run. After Hidalgo popped out to the
catcher, Laynce Nix hit an RBI single to make it 7-0 and chase
Franklin."They're a fastball-hitting team, so I was trying to throwing
the sinker out of the strike zone," Franklin said. "But they were
laying off of it."Nix hit a solo homer in the seventh on the first pitch he saw
from Jeff Nelson, who had just struck out Mench and Hidalgo.Nix, Mench and Mark Teixeira were all 2-for-4.There also were a couple of nice defensive plays for the
Rangers, including one by Rogers, a three-time Gold Glove winner.On a comebacker by Wilson Valdez in the fifth, the ball popped
off the heel of Rogers' glove. The ball rolled away from him toward
first base, but he picked it up and threw as he fell to the ground
to get the out.With two runners on in the sixth, first baseman Teixeira ran up
the line in foul territory and made an over-the-shoulder catch of
Miguel Olivo's pop for the final out. Teixeira made a similar, but
not quite as difficult play on Adrian Beltre to start the eighth.
Seattle is 1-5 vs. left-handed starters. ... Nix is hitting
.400 (10-for-25) with six RBI in the six games since being
recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma, where he started the season. ...
Rangers DH David Dellucci had another walk, his AL-high 18th in 16
games. ... Seattle is 6-4 on the road this season.