Archive for Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Royals rally past Rangers - Kansas City 6, Texas 5

Mayne’s homer in 11th gives KC fifth straight win

July 17, 2002


— Brent Mayne led off the 11th inning with his first home run in more than a year, giving the Kansas City Royals a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

The Royals won their season-high fifth straight game. Texas was swept in the three-game series and dropped its fourth in a row overall.

When: 7:05 tonight.Where: Kauffman Stadium.TV: None.Pitchers: Jeff Suppan (7-7) v. Todd Ritchie (5-12).KC record: 38-54.

Rafael Palmeiro hit his 470th career homer and Herbert Perry also connected as Texas set a team record by homering in its 19th straight game.

The Royals tied it in the ninth on Carlos Beltran's RBI triple with two outs. Rangers reliever Danny Kolb, activated from the disabled list before the game, was trying for his first major league save.

Mayne homered into the water fountains beyond the right-center field for his first homer since July 8, 2001. He connected on the first pitch from Juan Alvarez (0-1).

Kris Wilson (2-0) earned the victory.

The Rangers broke the club mark of 18 straight games with a home run set last year. Texas has connected 38 times during its recent streak.

Raul Ibanez, who set a Royals record with 13 RBIs in his previous three games, went 1-for-5 and did not drive in a run. He grounded into an inning-ending double play with two runners on in the fifth and Kansas City trailing 4-3.

Palmeiro homered to lead off the eighth against Brad Voyles, giving the Rangers a 5-3 edge. Palmeiro has seven homers in his last 14 games.

Palmeiro also doubled, scored two runs and drove in two. He has 1,016 extra-base hits, moving him one past Mike Schmidt for 21st place on baseball's career list.

Perry has homered in four of his past five games at Kauffman Stadium. He matched his season high with 12 home runs.

Perry connected for a two-run shot in the third against Darrell May.

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead with Juan Gonzalez and Palmeiro leading off the second with doubles. Gabe Kapler's two-out single scored Gonzalez with the second run.

The Royals answered with three runs in the bottom half. Chan Ho Park walked Aaron Guiel with the bases loaded and Luis Alica hit a two-out, two-run double.

Left fielder Kevin Mench threw out Ibanez at the plate to end the third. Ibanez attempted to score on Carlos Febles' single.

Rich Rodriguez replaced Park in the eighth and gave up a bases-empty home run to Michael Tucker.

Notes: Plate umpire Marty Foster warned both dugouts after Voyles hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the seventh. Park had hit two Royals batters earlier. ... Royals 1B Mike Sweeney, who is second in the league with a .355 batting average, missed his fourth straight game with a stiff lower back. ... Rangers OF Rusty Greer will not be allowed to throw for at least four weeks after MRI exams detected bulging discs in his neck and a calcium deposit on his elbow. ...Royals OF Chuck Knoblauch, who is on the disabled list with a left forearm strain, went 3-for-4 with a double and scored two runs in his first game with Double-A Wichita on an injury rehabilitation assignment.

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