The 40-year-old Rogers will look to extend his career-high winning streak to nine straight starts when his Texas Rangers resume their three-game series with 39-year-old Leiter and the Marlins at Dolphins Stadium.
Rogers allowed one earned run and five hits over seven innings in Sunday’s 8-1 victory over Kansas City. Rogers owned the lowest ERA in the majors heading into Friday’s games.
“Kenny was outstanding again,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “He just keeps pitching as good as anybody in baseball. He’s just seems to be this sharp every time out. He’s been consistent and in a good rhythm.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence playing behind him. Get him some run support early and I like our chances. Kenny doesn’t pitch poorly with a lead.”
Rogers, who won a career-high 18 games last season, has allowed more than one run just once during his streak and posted a 31-inning scoreless streak from April 27-May 20. He has not lost since April 21 at Tampa Bay.
“What Kenny has been doing is unbelievable,” Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “He works so hard and has been successful his whole career. I don’t think age has anything to do with it. If Kenny was 25, it would still be impressive.”
Leiter gave up four runs and six hits over five innings in last Saturday’s 7-3 loss to Washington. He is 1-4 with a 7.90 ERA over his last six starts.
“I’d say that you get an ERA like that, you’re putting too many runners on,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said.
The Marlins beat the Rangers 12-5 on Friday for just their fourth win in 16 games. Mike Lowell hit a grand slam during Florida’ seven-run eighth inning, and Paul Lo Duca, Miguel Cabrera and Alex Gonzalez each had two RBIs. The Marlins, who have won two of three, set season-highs for runs and hits (17).
“We bounced back when we needed to and we really exploded, which was good,” Lowell said.
Laynce Nix doubled in two runs for the Rangers, who have lost four straight and seven of nine.