The Cleveland Indians are convinced Kenny Rogers cheated in his pursuit of perfection.
Bidding to become the first pitcher with two perfect games, Rogers retired his first 21 batters to lead the Texas Rangers over the Cleveland Indians 3-2 Friday night.
But even those Indians who finally found a way on base believe Rogers was doctoring the ball.
"I know he was scuffing the ball," insisted Milton Bradley, who got the first hit off Rogers in the eighth inning. "There were five or six balls that all were scuffed in the same spot. He had a sharp fingernail or something."
The game was stopped in the sixth inning when Cleveland manager Joel Skinner asked plate umpire Andy Fletcher to go to the mound and check Rogers for anything illegal. The pitcher even emptied his pockets, and nothing was found.
"Check me all you want, go ahead," said Rogers, who threw one of baseball's 14 modern-era perfect games in 1994. "They kicked my tail quite a few times over the years and never said a word then."
In other AL games, it was: Oakland 3, New York 2 in 16 innings; Toronto 5, Anaheim 4; Minnesota 5, Boston 4; Detroit 3, Baltimore 0; Chicago 10, Seattle 2; and Kansas City 5, Tampa Bay 4 in 12 innings.
White Sox 10, Mariners 2
Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer, Magglio Ordonez drove in three runs, and Mark Buehrle (15-8) took a shutout into the eighth inning at Comiskey Park. Freddy Garcia (12-8) dropped to 1-3 in his last six starts.
Blue Jays 5, Angels 4
Toronto rookie Orlando Hudson hit an RBI triple, and Chris Woodward had a two-run single off Ramon Ortiz (9-9) at SkyDome. Garret Anderson hit his club-record 43rd double for Anaheim, which has lost three straight.
Tigers 3, Orioles 0
Rookie Mike Maroth (4-4) allowed six hits in 8 1-3 innings, and Robert Fick homered at Comerica Park. Juan Acevedo got his 21st save, completing Detroit's sixth shutout this season.
Royals 5, Devil Rays 4, 12 innings
Michael Tucker drove in Joe Randa with a 12th-inning double at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City tied it in the ninth against Esteban Yan on Aaron Guiel's two-out RBI single.
Pirates 4, Giants 3
Now that he's hit No. 600, the biggest home-run countdown of all begins for Barry Bonds.
Bonds made the math real easy Friday night. After becoming the fourth player to reach 600 homers, he needs 156 more to break Hank Aaron's career record.
Next up on the homer chart is his godfather, Willie Mays, at 660. Then it's on to Babe Ruth at 714.
In other NL games, Cincinnati beat San Diego 12-10, Montreal defeated Milwaukee 11-4, New York edged St. Louis 2-1, Atlanta beat Houston 6-5 in 13 innings, Colorado blanked Chicago 2-0, Arizona stopped Florida 2-1, and Los Angeles downed Philadelphia 7-6.
Reds 12, Padres 10
Aaron Boone hit three homers, connecting twice during a nine-run first inning, and Cincinnati won at home.
After an early pair of two-run shots, Boone hit a solo homer in the fourth. He struck out and had an infield single in his final two at-bats.
Earlier this season, Boone's brother, Bret, homered twice in the first inning for Seattle. Bret Boone has two three-homer games in his career.
San Diego set a team record for most runs allowed in the first inning.
Expos 11, Brewers 4
Vladimir Guerrero hit his 200th career home run and Montreal won at Milwaukee.
Guerrero matched Ken Griffey Jr. as the second-youngest active player to reach 200 homers -- they both did it at 26 years, 182 days. Alex Rodriguez was 25 years, 290 days when he did it.
Guerrero hit his 30th homer of the season. Jose Macias homered and drove in a career-high five runs, helping Bartolo Colon won for the fifth time in six decisions.
Mets 2, Cardinals 1
Al Leiter tamed slumping St. Louis for seven innings at Busch Stadium.
The NL Central leaders lost for the eighth time in nine games. The Cardinals have been outscored 50-20 during their skid.
New York scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on reliever Mike Matthews' wild pickoff throw and wild pitch.
Rockies 2, Cubs 0
Denny Neagle pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, and Colorado won its fourth in a row. At 2 hours, 19 minutes, the game was the fastest of the season at Coors Field.
Braves 6, Astros 5, 13 innings
Stumbling shortstop Rafael Furcal threw out Craig Biggio at the plate to end the game at Houston.
After Gary Sheffield homered for Atlanta in the top of the 13th, the Astros almost tied it.
Diamondbacks 2, Marlins 1
Erubiel Durazo hit his second home run of the game, a two-out shot in the ninth inning at Bank One Ballpark.
Dodgers 7, Phillies 6
Mark Grudzielanek hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and Los Angeles won its third in a row.
Marquis Grissom homered twice at Dodger Stadium and Shawn Green connected in his third straight game.
Pat Burrell put Philadelphia ahead with a grand slam in the eighth.
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