Juan Gonzalez and Aaron Sele couldn't be much hotter, which explains why Texas has a three-game lead in the AL West.
Sele became the first five-game winner in the majors and Gonzalez homered twice and drove in four runs Sunday to lead the Rangers over the Royals 11-4 Sunday at Kansas City.Gonzalez, who drove in five runs on Saturday night, has 32 RBIs in April, two shy of Tino Martinez's record for the month, and 33 in all.
"He's always hitting up there with guys on base and he's always bringing them in," Texas manager Johnny Oates said. "He's a special kind of hitter."
Kansas City manager Tony Muser was happy to see Gonzalez, who had 10 RBIs in the series, leave town.
"Gonzalez has done this to a lot of people," Muser said.
Sele (5-0) allowed four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings, becoming the first Texas pitcher to win his first five starts since Kevin Brown in 1990.
"I didn't have good command," said Sele, who's gotten 57 runs of support in five starts. "I didn't have too much, but I was able to get through five innings."
At Kauffman Stadium, Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the 28th multi-homer game of his career. He has six three-hit games already this season.
Gonzalez had a solo homer in the first off Chris Haney (2-1) and a three-run shot in the ninth off Jeff Montgomery.
Chris Haney (2-1) gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
ANGELS 2, DEVIL RAYS 1: Jim Edmonds homered and Damon Mashore broke a sixth-inning tie with an RBI single off Dennis Springer (1-3) as visiting Anaheim won its fourth straight.
Omar Olivares (1-0) pitched 3 2-3 shutout innings in relief of Jack McDowell, who left after three innings because of a sore right elbow. Troy Percival pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save.
ATHLETICS 12, ORIOLES 4: Rickey Henderson hit his second career grand slam, his first since July 1991, and Jason Giambi drove in three runs at Camden Yards to send Baltimore to its eighth loss in 11 games.
Tom Candiotti (2-3) allowed four runs - three earned - and five hits in seven innings for his second straight win.
TWINS 2, MARINERS 0: Brad Radke (3-1) combined with Mike Trombley, Greg Swindell and Rick Aguilera on a six-hitter at the Kingdome, with Aguilera getting three outs for his fourth save. It was Minnesota's first shutout this season.
Terry Steinbach and Marty Cordova drove in Minnesota's runs in the seventh off Jamie Moyer (1-3).
WHITE SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 5, TIE: Albert Belle hit a solo homer and Ray Durham hit a three-run double at Comiskey Park.
Umpires waited 1 hour, 49 minutes before calling the game, which had gone six innings. It will be replayed in its entirety as part of a doubleheader on July 15, but all records from Sunday count.