Kenny Rogers will try to win his sixth straight decision and become the majors’ first 10-game winner when the Texas Rangers wrap up a three-game interleague series with the defending World Series champion Florida Marlins at Pro Player Stadium.
Making the most of his third career stint in Texas, Rogers has gone 5-0 in his last seven starts. The crafty left-hander did not receive a decision in the Rangers’ 5-4 loss at Cincinnati on Tuesday, allowing two runs and six hits over six solid innings.
Rogers appeared to have a solid chance to pick up win No. 10 when he turned a 4-2 lead over to the bullpen, but the Rangers’ relievers faltered. Rogers, who also pitched for Texas from 1989-95 and 2000-2002, is looking to reach double digits in victories for the 11th time. He won 13 games in each of the previous two years with Minnesota and Texas, respectively.
The Rangers will be shooting for a sweep of the Marlins after holding on for a 7-6 win on Saturday. Eric Young drove in three runs and Kevin Mench hit a two-run homer as the Rangers won their second straight following a four-game losing streak.
The Rangers got plenty of help from the Marlins in Saturday’s game. Florida committed three errors, including one by shortstop Alex Gonzalez in the second inning that led to three unearned runs.
Francisco Cordero retired the final five batters for his 20th save in 21 chances.
Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Marlins, who have dropped two straight after winning three of four. The loss shaved Florida’s lead in the NL East to just one game over second-place Philadelphia.