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Rangers, Teixeira finish sweeping away Blue Jays

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers expect power hitting from Mark Teixeira. Mark DeRosa is another story.

Teixeira hit his AL-leading 25th homer and DeRosa had a two-run shot in a four-run eighth inning as the Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 9-8 victory Sunday.

DeRosa was making a rare start in place of All-Star second baseman Alfonso Soriano, who was in Panama to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's second child.

With the game tied at 5, Sandy Alomar drew a out-out walk in the eighth from Jason Frasor (1-4). DeRosa, without a hit in his first three at-bats and carrying a .182 average at the start of the day, followed with his third homer of the season.

"After I struggled in my first three at-bats, there were a couple of guys in the crowd calling for Soriano," DeRosa said. "I'm glad they stuck with me."

DeRosa, making his 14th start, knows how to handle a bench role after serving in that capacity for the Atlanta Braves last season. For Texas, he's the backup for Soriano, Teixeira and Michael Young.

"I got three All-Stars playing my positions, so my time out there is just to give them a rest," DeRosa said. "I understand my role."

David Dellucci followed with a single, went to second on a groundout and scored on Teixeira's two-run drive off Justin Speier to extend Texas' lead to 9-5.

Teixeira, the AL All-Star first baseman, has three homers in his last two games and seems ready for Monday's Home Run Derby in Detroit.

"This is a job. It's work," Teixeira said. "(Monday) will be fun. I just want to hang out there and whatever happens, happens."

Aaron Hill's two-run double in the ninth off Francisco Cordero pulled the Blue Jays within 9-7. Eric Hinske's run-scoring double made it 9-8, but Cordero struck out Alex Rios with runners on second and third before getting pinch-hitter Reed Johnson to ground to third to end it.

Hank Blalock had three RBI for the Rangers. Kameron Loe (3-1) pitched a hitless eighth for the victory.

Vernon Wells' three-run double in the fifth gave the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead, knocking out Rangers starter Chris Young.

But Texas came back in the fifth against Toronto starter Josh Towers, getting consecutive singles from Dellucci and Michael Young. After Teixeira walked to load the bases, Blalock singled to right to drive in Dellucci and Young.

The Blue Jays tied it at 5 in the eighth on Rios' RBI groundout against Loe.

Gregg Zaun had three hits for the Blue Jays, who have lost 10 of their last 13 in Arlington.

Texas took a 2-0 lead in the second on Gary Matthews Jr.'s run-scoring double and Alomar's RBI single. Blalock had an RBI double in the third, but Zaun cut the deficit to 3-1 with a run-scoring single in the fourth.

Chris Young allowed four runs and six hits over four innings on a hot afternoon, and he has an 8.10 ERA over his last five starts to raise his ERA from 2.78 to 4.01.

"A lot of people run out of gas," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "We're trying to be as careful as we can with him. I think Chris is probably a little weary right now."

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Frasor's walk to the 39-year-old Alomar, the backup catcher making his 20th start of the season, was a mistake.

"You can't walk Sandy Alomar Jr.," Gibbons said. "That's the game right there. Those passes burn you."

Frasor made no excuses.

"That certainly kick-started things for them," Frasor said. "You get behind the next guy and in 30 seconds it's 7-5. I couldn't get my breaking ball over and I left the fastball out over the plate. You know what those guys can do with those kinds of pitches."

Notes

  • The Rangers honored former OF Rusty Greer in pregame ceremonies.
  • Michael Young has at least one extra-base hit in each of the last eight games.
  • Hill extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • Toronto's Shea Hillenbrand has hit safetly in 23 of 24 career games against Texas.
 
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Players of the Game
Texas

H. Blalock
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS4110112 .253
Frank Catalanotto, LF4100101 .286
Vernon Wells, CF5123011 .270
Shea Hillenbrand, DH3220100 .302
Aaron Hill, 3B5112013 .337
Gregg Zaun, C4131102 .277
Eric Hinske, 1B5021023 .239
Alex Rios, RF5001025 .279
John McDonald, 2B4120001 .297
   a- Reed Johnson, PH1000002 .267
Totals4081384720 
a-grounded out for McDonald in the 9th
Batting
2B - Vernon Wells (16, C. Young), Shea Hillenbrand (20, R. Rodriguez), Aaron Hill (14, Cordero), Eric Hinske 2 (19, R. Rodriguez, Cordero)
RBI - Vernon Wells 3 (50), Aaron Hill 2 (27), Gregg Zaun (35), Eric Hinske (38), Alex Rios (37)
SB - Shea Hillenbrand (2, 2nd base off C. Young/S. Alomar)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Russ Adams (16, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Towers 6955140 4.51
Scott Schoeneweis 1.1000120 4.30
Jason Frasor (L,1-4) 0.1233101 3.76
Justin Speier 0.1111011 3.06
IBB - Mench by Scott Schoeneweis
WP - Scott Schoeneweis (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Towers 91-67, Scott Schoeneweis 19-13, Jason Frasor 18-11, Justin Speier 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Towers 4-10, Scott Schoeneweis 1-2, Jason Frasor 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Towers 28, Scott Schoeneweis 6, Jason Frasor 4, Justin Speier 2
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, DH5220021 .265
Michael Young, SS5220010 .333
Mark Teixeira, 1B4112111 .290
Hank Blalock, 3B5023020 .285
Kevin Mench, LF3110103 .291
Gary Matthews Jr., RF4111014 .250
Laynce Nix, CF4010001 .242
Sandy Alomar Jr., C3111101 .304
Mark DeRosa, 2B4112002 .188
Totals3791293713 
Batting
2B - Michael Young (18, Towers), Hank Blalock (20, Towers), Kevin Mench (22, Towers), Gary Matthews Jr. (8, Towers), Laynce Nix (12, Towers)
HR - Mark Teixeira (25, Speier), Mark DeRosa (3, Frasor)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (73), Hank Blalock 3 (57), Gary Matthews Jr. (21), Sandy Alomar Jr. (12), Mark DeRosa 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (43), Hank Blalock (18), Sandy Alomar Jr. (8)
SB - Mark Teixeira (2, 2nd base off Schoeneweis/Zaun)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Teixeira
E - Mark DeRosa (1, Missed catch), Ricardo Rodriguez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Chris Young 4644350 4.01
Ricardo Rodriguez 3411010 3.82
Kameron Loe (BS,2; W,3-1) 1000000 4.10
Francisco Cordero 1333110 4.06
HBP - Hillenbrand (by Francisco Cordero)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 88-54, Ricardo Rodriguez 48-29, Kameron Loe 7-5, Francisco Cordero 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-4, Ricardo Rodriguez 4-4, Kameron Loe 3-0, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 21, Ricardo Rodriguez 13, Kameron Loe 3, Francisco Cordero 8
Game Information
Attendance - 25767
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Brian Gorman