INDIANS Blalock's homers help Rogers earn 15th victory
The Tribe lost its fourth straight to fall 41/2 games back.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Hank Blalock had no time to stick around and talk about his big game.
Blalock homered twice, Kenny Rogers earned his 15th win and the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
Just a few minutes after the final out, Blalock jumped in his car and headed for the hospital to be with his wife, Misty, who was in labor awaiting the birth of their first child.
"I'm very appreciative that he hung around because he was a big part of this game and a big part of this club," Rogers said.
"That puts things in perspective. That's beyond the call of duty because baseball is a distant second to what he's got going on right now."
Blalock went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth, breaking out of a 10-for-64 slide spanning his previous 19 games.
He had gone 28 games without a homer since July 19.
After the game, Blalock took a quick shower and finished dressing on the way to his car. He didn't want to miss his child's birth, but he also wanted to play in an important game.
"Before the game he was talking about it. He was kind of numb," teammate Michael Young said.
"I was surprised he was even here. But he had a great game. He was pretty quiet in the dugout. He had other things to worry about."
It also was a big night for Rogers, who moved within two wins of matching his career high. He went 17-7 for Texas in 1995.
Rogers (15-5) allowed two runs and eight hits in six effective innings. The left-hander struck out three and didn't issue a walk.
Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 37th save in 39 chances. Ron Mahay, Carlos Almanzar and Cordero combined for three innings of scoreless relief, keeping Texas just a half-game behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.
"I just want to keep winning and keep us in the race," said Rogers, who became the third pitcher in the majors to reach 15 wins this season.
David Dellucci hit a two-run homer in the first to spark the offense and the Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Indians, who dropped their fourth in a row and fell 41/2 games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.
Mark Teixeira, who became the second Rangers player to hit for the cycle Tuesday night, arrived at the ballpark with an upset stomach and went 1-for-4 with a double.
Indians starter Scott Elarton (2-3) allowed three homers and left in the sixth trailing 5-2.
Elarton gave up five runs and eight hits in 51/3 innings. He struck out five.
Casey Blake homered and Jody Gerut went 4-for-4 for the Indians, who finished 1-8 against Texas this season.