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Teixeira, Mench cap Rangers' rally to top BoSox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mark Teixeira showed why he's deserving of his first All-Star game selection.

The Texas first baseman had the tying RBI double and scored the winning run in the ninth inning, and also made several impressive defensive plays in the Rangers' 6-5 comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

"I guess I don't want to disappoint the voters," said Teixeira, the 25-year-old player voted in by the fans as the AL first base starter in next week's All-Star game.

After Michael Young's one-out triple in the ninth off struggling closer Keith Foulke (5-5), Teixeira doubled into the right-field corner for a 5-all tie. Teixeira, who finished 2-for-3 with two walks, scored on Kevin Mench's liner over the head of drawn-in left fielder Manny Ramirez.

The Red Sox lost for the fifth time in seven games, and Foulke had his fourth blown save -- his second in a week. The right-hander gave up five runs in a loss to Cleveland last Tuesday.

"The fact that he was at the end of our bullpen is the fact that we won a championship, he's that good," Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek said. "He's not able to get away with any mistakes at this point. He's going to get through one of those situations and that's going to be the end of it."

Foulke left without talking to reporters.

After Teixeira's hit in the ninth, Hank Blalock drew a walk and Alfonso Soriano was hit by an 0-2 pitch. Mench, who in left field in the sixth had misplayed a liner into an RBI double by Nixon, hit the first pitch he saw.

"He didn't leave any room for sure," Teixeira said.

In the field, Teixeira made a diving snag by the first-base bag of Johnny Damon's short-hopper in the fifth then tagged the base and got up in one motion before making a perfect throw to get the sliding Mark Bellhorn at second to complete the double play. With runners on second and third in the third, Teixeira snagged Trot Nixon's hard-hit sinking line drive for the third out.

"Mark's turned into as good a first baseman as any in baseball," manager Buck Showalter said.

Ramirez hit a 446-foot, two-run homer in the eighth to put the Red Sox up 5-3, and also drew a bases-loaded walk in the game. His 21st homer of the season landed high on the grassy hill beyond the center-field wall off Joaquin Benoit (1-0).

David Ortiz led off the eighth with a bloop single off Brian Shouse before Benoit, who had pitched 14 scoreless innings his last seven outings, took over and left a 2-0 fastball over the heart of the plate that Ramirez didn't miss.

Rod Barajas got the Rangers to 5-4 when he had an RBI double with two outs in the eighth. That scored Soriano, who had led off the inning with a walk.

The Red Sox (46-35) lost four of six games at home last week, but still have two wins more than they did at the midway point of last season when they won the World Series. Boston has a 2½-game lead over Baltimore in the AL East.

Texas (43-38) also hit its halfway point, and three games behind its 2004 pace.

Damon extended his career-best hitting streak, and the longest active in the major leagues, to 20 games when he led off the game with a single. Damon also had an 18-game hitting streak from April 21-May 13, that matching his previous career high.

Boston starter Wade Miller struck out seven of the last 10 batters he faced, and eight overall, but was done after six innings and 121 pitches (68 strikes). The right-hander gave up three runs, five hits and five walks.

Boston, which trailed 3-0 after the first five Texas batters, got even in the sixth. Ortiz had a leadoff double against Ricardo Rodriguez, and scored when Trot Nixon greeted reliever Juan Dominquez with a deep liner that was misplayed by left fielder Mench for another double.

Rodriguez walked three straight batters in the third, including Ramirez with the bases loaded. The Red Sox got to 3-2 when another run scored on a wild pitch.

The first five Rangers reached base, the second on a throwing error by Miller on a potential double-play grounder. After the bases were loaded with no outs, Blalock had a two-run single and Soriano an RBI single.

Blalock, the only Texas infielder not selected for the All-Star game, twice left the bases loaded. He grounded out to first to end the second, and struck out swinging two innings later.

Notes

  • Damon's is the 35th hitting streak of at least 20 games in Red Sox history, the first since Todd Walker had a 20-game streak from May 10-June 5, 2003.
  • The crowd of 50,492 was the Rangers' fourth sellout this season, and second largest crowd ever for a regular season home game.
 
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Texas' Kevin Mench is mobbed by teammates after hitting the game-winning RBI single in the ninth. (AP)
Texas' Kevin Mench is mobbed by teammates after hitting the game-winning RBI single in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

M. Teixeira
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Boston

M. Ramirez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF5110003 .338
Edgar Renteria, SS4100102 .273
David Ortiz, DH4220100 .313
Manny Ramirez, LF3113101 .273
Trot Nixon, RF4021002 .297
Kevin Millar, 1B4010011 .273
    John Olerud, 1B0000000 .390
Jason Varitek, C4000013 .302
Bill Mueller, 3B3010100 .285
Mark Bellhorn, 2B2000213 .228
Totals335846315 
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (23, R. Rodriguez), Trot Nixon (17, Dominguez)
HR - Manny Ramirez (21, Benoit)
RBI - Manny Ramirez 3 (73), Trot Nixon (41)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Ramirez (28)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Bellhorn
E - Wade Miller (1, wild throw)
Boston Red Sox
Wade Miller 6532580 4.94
Jeremi Gonzalez 0.2000000 6.45
John Halama 0.1000000 5.71
Mike Timlin (H,15) 0.2211000 1.77
Alan Embree (H,4) 0.1000000 7.97
Keith Foulke (BS,4; L,5-5) 0.1322100 6.23
HBP - Soriano (by Keith Foulke)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miller 121-67, Jeremi Gonzalez 10-6, John Halama 3-2, Mike Timlin 15-12, Alan Embree 2-2, Keith Foulke 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miller 5-5, Jeremi Gonzalez 1-1, Mike Timlin 1-1, Alan Embree 1-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miller 28, Jeremi Gonzalez 2, John Halama 1, Mike Timlin 4, Alan Embree 1, Keith Foulke 6
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, DH4110122 .270
Michael Young, SS5210013 .322
Mark Teixeira, 1B3221200 .287
Hank Blalock, 3B4012116 .280
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4121000 .276
Kevin Mench, LF5011010 .291
Laynce Nix, CF4000012 .245
Rod Barajas, C3021100 .263
Gary Matthews Jr., RF3000122 .249
Totals3561066815 
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (21, Foulke), Rod Barajas (13, Timlin)
3B - Michael Young (4, Foulke)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (65), Hank Blalock 2 (52), Alfonso Soriano (52), Kevin Mench (43), Rod Barajas (26)
2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (12)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Blalock-Soriano-Teixeira, Teixeira-Young
E - Michael Young (5, misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Ricardo Rodriguez 5.1433410 3.90
Juan Dominguez (BS,1) 1100110 1.64
Brian Shouse 0.2111000 4.08
Joaquin Benoit (W,1-0) 2211111 0.93
WP - Ricardo Rodriguez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricardo Rodriguez 94-53, Juan Dominguez 20-12, Brian Shouse 11-6, Joaquin Benoit 27-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricardo Rodriguez 7-6, Juan Dominguez 1-1, Brian Shouse 1-1, Joaquin Benoit 3-2
Batters Faced - Ricardo Rodriguez 22, Juan Dominguez 5, Brian Shouse 3, Joaquin Benoit 9
Game Information
Attendance - 50492
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne