Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/5)

Game 1: Friday, April 4
Game 2: Saturday, April 5
Game 3: Sunday, April 6

Mariners 4

(2-3, 2-3 away)

Rangers 8

(2-3, 1-1 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 5, 2003

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: C. Lewis (1-0)

    L: G. Meche (0-1)

    S: U. Urbina (2)

    Gonzalez homers twice as Rangers double up M's

    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.

    Game notes

    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 move.

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