ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Juan Gonzalez homered twice and Alex
Rodriguez and Hank Blalock also connected, leading the Texas
Rangers to an 8-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
Gonzalez has 408 career home runs, and moved past Duke Snider
for 33rd on the all-time list. Gonzalez and Rodriguez each have
three home runs this season. Gonzalez's three-run homer capped a four-run first for the
Rangers, who broke a three-game losing streak. His solo homer in
the fifth, an out after Rodriguez homered, made it 6-2. It was the 44th multihomer game for Gonzalez, the first for the
two-time AL MVP since he hit two for Cleveland on Sept. 8, 2001.
Gonzalez fell short in his bid for a three-homer game with a deep
flyout to center in the seventh. Colby Lewis (1-0) struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. It was just
the fifth major league start for the right-hander, who appeared in
15 games over three different stints in Texas last season and is
still classified as a rookie. Lewis gave up three runs on eight hits and walked two. He left
after Randy Winn had a two-out single in the seventh for his third
hit and scored on Edgar Martinez's double. Ugueth Urbina, the new Rangers closer, got the final four outs.
He has saves in both Texas wins this season. Gil Meche (0-1) gave up six runs on nine hits over five innings
in his first start since July 4, 2000. The right-hander struck out
six and walked one. Meche was 8-4 as a 20-year-old rookie after breaking into the
Seattle rotation in July 1999, but his next season was cut short
because of shoulder surgery that also forced him to miss all of
2001. He spent last season at Double-A San Antonio. Doug Glanville led off with an infield hit off Meche and stole
second before scoring on Blalock's single. After Rafael Palmeiro
doubled, Gonzalez hit a towering homer to left for a 4-0 lead. Blalock's RBI single broke a streak of 14 straight Texas runs --
since the first run of the season -- that had scored on home runs.
It was also the sixth of seven straight plate appearances in which
he reached base (four singles, a double, two walks). Mike Cameron's two-run homer, his first, made it 4-2 in the
Seattle fourth. Rodriguez homered after Blalock struck out to start the fifth.
Palmeiro struck out before Gonzalez hit a 424-foot homer to
left-center. Blalock got his fourth hit, a two-run homer, in the eighth. He's
hitting .550 (11-for-20) this season.
Rodriguez, who on Wednesday became the youngest player ever
to 300 career homers, hit No. 301. ... Cameron's 13 homers vs.
Texas are his most against any team. ... Seattle SS Carlos Guillen,
bothered by a strained left hip, was 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in
his second start. ... Mariners C Dan Wilson rejoined the team
Saturday but wasn't activated from the disabled list. He worked out
instead and the team will see how he feels Sunday before making a