Through four starts last year, Kenny Rogers was 3-0 with a 3.96 ERA and on his way to one of the best seasons of his big league career.
Things haven’t gone nearly as well for the veteran left-hander so far this season.
Rogers won a career-high 18 games and kept the Rangers in the AL West race all summer in 2004, emerging as one of the most consistent starters in the league. Though he’s pitched to a solid 3.33 ERA in April, he remains winless and has lost consecutive outings due mainly to poor run support.
The Rangers have managed just two runs in Rogers’ last two outings, including a 3-2 setback at Tampa Bay on Thursday. Rogers yielded two earned runs and seven hits over six innings, striking out four and walking three.
“He gave us a chance to win,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said of Rogers, who rolled his ankle fielding a bunt in the sixth, but stayed in the game.
“Tonight we were patient,” Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said after his team had a season-high 15 hits. “Beltre’s homer (in the first inning) got us off on the right foot and put us at ease.”
Seattle had been limited to a total of three runs during a three-game losing streak before breaking out in a 9-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Beltre and Sexson came over from the National League, and they’re both getting used to the adjustment. Beltre started the night with a .247 average and Sexson was hitting .213 entering Tuesday.
“They’re learning the pitchers,” Hargrove said. “It’s just a continuation of the settling-in process.”