Pittsburgh (24-29) at Texas (30-24)

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Temp: 78° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Mon Jun 7, 2004
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Texas starter R.A. Dickey did everything he could to end his winless streak the last time he took the mound, but ended up without a decision.

Dickey will try again as the Rangers open a three-game interleague series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.

Dickey allowed just one unearned run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings of the Rangers’ 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, snapping a four-start losing streak, but failing to earn his first win since May 2.

“I was mixing my pitches real well,” he said. “Today, I think my ball was a little more crisp and my changeup was probably a little better. All three of my pitches were working. When you have three pitches, it’s going to make a big difference.”

Dickey, who went 9-8 with a 5.09 ERA in 38 appearances, including 13 starts, last season, started the season 4-1, allowing two or fewer earned runs in four of his first five outings. However, he gave up at least four runs in each of his next four starts before Wednesday.

“I wasn’t doing anything different than I have been,” said Dickey, who throws an off-speed pitch he calls “The Thing.” “But today I had my change, my fastball and ‘The Thing’ all working for me.

The Rangers lost 2-1 to the major league-leading New York Yankees Sunday for just their second defeat in six games.

New York starter Mike Mussina held Texas scoreless until the ninth inning, when Michael Young scored after his leadoff triple. Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-4 for the Rangers.

The Pirates lost 4-1 to the Chicago Cubs for their seventh defeat in eight games. Jason Kendall knocked in the only run for the Pirates, and Abraham Nunez doubled.

“The fact is we scored four runs this series,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “You’re not going to win when you do that. We were fortunate to get one game here.”

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K. Wells LAA vs. R. Dickey ATL
5-7 Record 6-7
4.55 ERA 5.61
116 K 57
66 BB 33
1.53 WHIP 1.62