- The Washington Times - Monday, July 8, 2002

ARLINGTON, Texas The Baltimore Orioles didn't let Kenny Rogers off the hook the second time.
The Orioles sent 11 batters to the plate and had seven straight hits off Rogers (9-5) in a seven-run fourth inning, and went on to beat the Texas Rangers 10-4 last night.
"To be able to scratch out some hits like that against him that way is unusual," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "It looked like he was getting a lot of his pitches up, and we were able to get something out of it. He did the same thing in the first and got out of it."
Rogers got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first when Marty Cordova grounded into a double play. That was the first of seven straight batters he retired before Tony Batista's one-out single in the fourth.
Batista, the only Orioles player going to Milwaukee as an All-Star, scored the tying run when Cordova followed with a triple. By time Batista hit an RBI double later in the inning, Baltimore led 7-1.
"I felt good, but I pretty much stunk it up those last few hitters for a couple of different reasons," Rogers said.
Rookie right-hander Rodrigo Lopez (8-3) worked seven innings for the win. He allowed just four hits, including homers to Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez and Herbert Perry.
Rodriguez, the only All-Star for Texas and the AL's starting shortstop, leads the AL with 27 homers and 73 RBI.
Lopez struck out six, matching a season high, and walked three. He is 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA over his last 10 starts.
"Three of those hits were home runs, and those weren't quality pitches," Lopez said. "But it's fine. I got a win for my team. I didn't do my job and gave the team a chance to win."
Baltimore had 16 hits off five Texas pitchers. Every Orioles starter had a hit and every one but Gary Matthews Jr., who went 3-for-5, scored.
After Jose Leon's two-run homer in the fourth broke the 1-1 tie, Geronimo Gil doubled and Mike Bordick singled and both scored on Chris Singleton's double. Melvin Mora drove home a run with a single and Rogers was gone after a two-out single by Matthews.
"To have that big inning, you don't see that too often with Kenny Rogers," Singleton said. "We really thought in the first inning we had the momentum going, and he shut us down. The next time around, we got after it and were able to come up with big hits."
Batista greeted reliever Anthony Telford with a double into the left-field corner. Mora scored, but Matthews was thrown out at the plate on Rodriguez's relay throw from Kevin Mench to end the inning.
Rogers threw 76 pitches and gave up 10 hits in 3⅔ innings, his shortest outing of the season. The left-hander had allowed just one run on seven hits over 14 innings his previous two starts.
Palmeiro's 21st homer gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the second. Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Perry's 10th came in the seventh.
"It was, in my opinion, one of the worst games of the year for us," Rodriguez said.
Baltimore scored twice in the sixth off Telford, after Jerry Hairston tripled and scored on Cordova's groundout. Bordick had an RBI single off Jay Powell in the seventh.
Baltimore is 42-43, its best record at the All-Star break since a 55-30 mark in 1997. The Rangers are 39-47. It was Hargrove's 900th managerial win, making him the 54th manager to reach that mark. Hargrove is 179-238 in his third season as Baltimore's manager after going 721-681 in nine seasons at Cleveland. Rangers manager Jerry Narron was ejected with two outs in the bottom of the ninth by home plate umpire Jim Reynolds for arguing a called strikes. Rangers RF Juan Gonzalez bruised his right thumb when he was jammed on an eighth-inning at-bat. It is the same thumb that put him on the disabled list for six weeks earlier this season. The 27 homers for Rodriguez are the most ever for a Texas player at the All-Star break. Texas has homered in 12 straight games, including 12 the last four games. The Orioles are just 3-10 in Arlington since the start of the 2000 season.

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