Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Florida leads 2-0 (as of 6/11)

Game 1: Friday, June 10
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Game 2: Saturday, June 11
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Game 3: Sunday, June 12
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Rangers 5

(32-28, 15-16 away)

Marlins 6

(31-28, 21-14 home)

    6:05 PM ET, June 11, 2005

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: J. Riedling (3-1)

    L: J. Dominguez (0-1)

    S: T. Jones (11)

    Texas' Rogers ends up with no-decision, still 8-2

    MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Marlins wouldn't stay down despite trailing by five runs against one of baseball's toughest pitchers.

    Alex Gonzalez led off the seventh with a go-ahead home run, and Kenny Rogers failed to win for the first time in nine starts as the Marlins defeated the Texas Rangers 6-5 on Saturday night.

    Gonzalez homered to left on a 2-1 pitch off reliever Juan Dominguez (0-1), capping the Marlins' comeback from a 5-0 deficit. It was Gonzalez's fourth homer of the season.

    "We know we can score a lot of runs," Gonzalez said. "We have power, we have speed. You can never give up."

    The Rangers have lost a season-high five straight games.

    "We had a stretch where we won 10 in a row ... stuff like this happens," third baseman Hank Blalock said. "It's been a long road trip. What's important is that we end it on a good note (Sunday) and forget about what has happened up until now."

    John Riedling (3-1), the fourth of six Florida pitchers, got the win. Todd Jones struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities.

    Rogers retired the first 11 Marlins before walking Miguel Cabrera. Carlos Delgado followed with his 13th home run, just the third surrendered by Rogers this season and the first to a left-handed batter.

    It also was Delgado's first homer in 40 career at-bats against Rogers.

    "When I'm facing him, I just try to make contact," Delgado said. "I don't try to hit the ball too hard because his ball moves quite a bit."

    The Marlins scored three runs off Rogers in the sixth to tie it at 5.

    With one out, singles by Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo put runners on first and second. After Cabrera struck out, Delgado lined a 3-2 pitch to right for a double to score Pierre. Mike Lowell followed with a two-run double off the left-field scoreboard to knock out Rogers.

    Florida's three-run sixth came after Rogers tripled in the top half of the inning and was stranded on base. It was his eighth career hit in 56 at-bats (.143) and first career triple -- and may have caused his struggles in the bottom of the inning.

    "Sure, (the triple) may have had something to do with it," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "I would hope it did."

    Rogers, who this season has limited his dealings with the media to one Dallas-area reporter, allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings and remained 8-2. His consecutive-start winning streak tied Milwaukee's Warren Spahn in 1963 for the third-longest in major league history among pitchers over age 40.

    Roger Clemens had the longest streak, 11 straight with the New York Yankees and Houston in 2003-04. Spahn also won 10 in a row with Milwaukee in 1961.

    Kevin Mench's first career grand slam gave Texas a 4-0 lead with one out in the second. Mench lined a 1-1 pitch 388 feet into the left-field second deck.

    Rogers made it 5-0 with a fielder's choice groundout in the fourth.

    Al Leiter lasted just 4 1/3 innings, throwing 114 pitches. He allowed five runs, seven hits, four walks and struck out six.

    Leiter began the game with a 10.44 ERA at home, the highest of any major league pitcher with at least five home starts.

    The Rangers stranded nine runners between the fourth and seventh innings.

    "It's frustrating when you don't get the big hit, but there's a reason you're in a five-game skid," shortstop Michael Young said. "You're not capitalizing in those situations."

    Game notes


    A three-man umpiring crew worked the game. Crew chief Randy Marsh was absent because of a family medical emergency. ... Negro League star Buck O'Neil "threw out" the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday night's game. O'Neil, 94, actually wound up three times -- beginning on the mound and getting closer to the plate each time -- before finally placing the ball in Dontrelle Willis' glove. ... Alfonso Soriano started for the first time since Sunday, when he suffered a sore left hamstring at Kansas City. ... Rogers' ERA rose to 2.02.

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