Archive for Sunday, September 10, 2000

Kapler sparks Texas against Royals, 6-5

September 10, 2000


— Gabe Kapler had two hits and two RBIs in a six-run fourth inning that carried Texas past the Kansas City Royals, 6-5, Saturday night and gave the Rangers their first series victory in six weeks.

Kansas City's Johnny Damon, who was 4-for-5 the night before, went 3-for-5 with a two-run double. He also stole his AL-leading 42nd base and scored his league-leading 121st run.

When: 1:05 p.m. today.Where: Kauffman Stadium.Television: None.Pitchers: Jeff Suppan (7-9) vs. Darren Oliver (2-6).KC record: 66-76.

Rangers rookie Doug Davis retired the first nine batters but failed to get out of the fifth inning and was replaced by Jonathan Johnson

Jeff Zimmerman (4-5) pitched two scoreless innings to get the win. John Wetteland recorded two outs for his 32nd save in 40th chances. Jermaine Dye had an RBI single in the ninth.

The Rangers, who won the first two games of the three-game series, hadn't won a series since July 24-26 when they took two of three from Anaheim.

Kapler ignited the Texas fourth with a leadoff single against Mac Suzuki (8-9). A single by Ricky Ledee and a walk to Ruben Sierra loaded the bases. Bill Haselman drove in a run with an infield out and then Mike Lamb made it 2-0 with an infield RBI single.

A third run scored on Suzuki's wild pickoff attempt to first, then Luis Alicea's single drove in a run before Kapler's two-out, two-run single made it 6-0.

Suzuki went 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs on seven hits and four walks. He had three strikeouts.

Davis, going for his third win in four decisions, allowed three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

He walked Mark Quinn leading off the fifth and yielded an RBI single to Carlos Beltran before Damon's two-run double made it 6-3. Damon singled leading off the seventh and made it 6-4 on Mike Sweeney's RBI single.

Notes: The Royals' two double plays increased their AL-leading total to 163. ... Kapler, who set a club record with a 28-game hitting streak July 17-Aug. 15, has now hit safely in seven straight. ... Beltran was playing right field for the first time in his life. ... Damon's 191 hits are second in the AL to Darin Erstad. ... The Texas half of the fourth took 30 minutes.

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