Originally created 04/16/04

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kenny Rogers pitched seven solid innings, Alfonso Soriano had three hits and the Texas Rangers avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Rogers (2-0) gave up one unearned run and five hits in his 38th victory at The Ballpark in Arlington, breaking a tie with Rick Helling for the most wins at the stadium.

Rogers got the Rangers' pitching staff back on track after Texas gave up 19 runs to the Athletics in the first two games of the series.

Texas had lost four of the first five meetings with Oakland this season and is 6-19 against the A's over the last two seasons.

Michael Young homered and three hits for Texas. Herbert Perry, Brad Fullmer, and Rod Barajas had two hits each for the Rangers.

Texas got six runs and 11 hits in four innings off Rich Harden (0-1), making his first start of the season after he was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento for the start. He struck out six and walked one.

Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the third on Eric Byrnes' RBI groundout. Bobby Crosby scored after leading off the inning by reaching first on Rogers' throwing error.

Texas moved in front 2-1 in the fourth on run-scoring singles by Perry and Kevin Mench.

The Rangers chased Harden in the fifth with Soriano's two-run single and Fullmer's RBI single. Perry's sacrifice fly off Chris Hammond later in the inning made it 6-1.

Young's solo homer in the sixth off Hammond stretched Texas' advantage to 7-1.

Oakland got a run off reliever Jay Powell in the eighth when Jermaine Dye scored from second after Rangers left fielder David Dellucci dropped Bobby Kielty's two-out line drive for an error.

Notes: Rogers is 13-6 for his career against Oakland. ...Rogers went 21-11 for the A's from 1998-99. ...The Rangers wrapped up a 4-3 homestand.