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Rangers 7, Devil Rays 5

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mark DeRosa has made an immediate impact since returning to the Texas lineup.

DeRosa hit a two-run homer, one of Texas' three in the game, and the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-5 on Tuesday night.

The second baseman went 3-for-4 and has six hits in 10 at-bats since being activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday. He had been sidelined by a sprained left foot.

"It feels good to be swinging the bat good and being able to get out there and just be healthy and have fun," DeRosa said. "You miss those things. The team is rolling right now and just to be in the middle of it is nice."

DeRosa gave Texas a 4-2 lead with the two-run homer off Mark Hendrickson (1-2) in the fifth.

"To get him back, he's been a real shot in the arm for us," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He's swinging the bat well and the guys really rally around him."

Kevin Mench and Brad Wilkerson hit back-to-back homers for Texas, which has won nine of 12. The Rangers swept the two games from Tampa Bay to win a fourth consecutive road series for the first time since 1992.

Robinson Tejeda (1-0) won in his Texas debut, allowing two runs, three hits and six walks in five innings. He was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma before the game.

"I was pressing a little too much," Tejeda said. "When you're pitching the first time on a new team, sometimes you want to do too much. It's kind of different pitching in Triple-A than in the big leagues."

Tejeda, acquired in an April 1 trade with Philadelphia, went 4-3 with a 3.57 ERA with the Phillies last season. Akinori Otsuka, the sixth Texas reliever, pitched the ninth for his third save.

Damon Hollins had a solo homer for the Devil Rays, who have lost 10 of 14. Tampa Bay has dropped all five games with Texas this season, and are 11-11 against everyone else.

"They can hit, I know that," Hollins said. "It's just one of those weird things where they're able to keep getting runs off of us, keep us down and we can't seem to put nothing together against those guys."

Hendrickson gave up six runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed three homers in a game for the second time, the other also coming against the Rangers on April 29, 2003.

"Three pitches got up and they made me pay," Hendrickson said. "They score runs in bunches and took advantage of my mistakes."

Mench, who had a seven-game home run streak last month, and Wilkerson hit connected in the sixth to make it 6-2. Mench has 23 RBI in his last 16 games.

Tampa Bay got within 6-4 on Toby Hall's two-run single in the seventh, and Ty Wigginton's RBI-single in the eighth cut the Devil Rays' deficit to 6-5.

"It came right down to the last drop again," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

Wigginton made it 1-0 with a sacrifice fly in the first and Hollins homered in the second.

Texas tied it in the third on an RBI-grounder by Rod Barajas and Michael Young's run-scoring double. Young had another RBI-double in the ninth.

"It was a scrap to get through it, but the finished product, we ended with a 'W,"' Showalter said. "It wasn't particularly pretty."

Notes

Mench has hit four of his eight homers against Tampa Bay. ... Rangers RHP Antonio Alfonseca left in the eighth with a left ankle injury. He will be evaluated Wednesday. ... Devil Rays 3B Aubrey Huff (left knee) is scheduled to play Wednesday and Thursday for Class-A Visalia and then be activated from the disabled list Friday. ... Rangers CF Gary Matthews Jr. was out of the lineup with a sore left foot. ... Tampa Bay SS Julio Lugo (abdominal muscle) could return by early next week. ... Devil Rays 2B Jorge Cantu (left foot) is working out, but will likely miss at least two more weeks. ... Texas placed LHP Fabio Castro (left groin) on the 15-day disabled list.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

M. DeRosa
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

T. Wigginton
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Adrian Brown, CF5010013
Michael Young, SS5022012
Mark Teixeira, 1B5010023
Phil Nevin, DH4000003
Hank Blalock, 3B4000000
Kevin Mench, RF4111000
Brad Wilkerson, LF2321200
Mark DeRosa, 2B4332011
Rod Barajas, C2011100
Totals3571173512 
Batting
2B - Michael Young 2 (, Hendrickson, Miceli), Mark DeRosa (, Hendrickson), Rod Barajas (, Hendrickson)
HR - Kevin Mench (, Hendrickson), Brad Wilkerson (, Hendrickson), Mark DeRosa (, Hendrickson)
SH - Rod Barajas ()
RBI - Michael Young 2 (), Kevin Mench (), Brad Wilkerson (), Mark DeRosa 2 (), Rod Barajas ()
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young 2 ()
CS - Brad Wilkerson (, 2nd base by Miceli/Hall)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - DeRosa-Young-Teixeira
E - Hank Blalock (, throwing error)
Texas Rangers
Robinson Tejeda (W,-) 5322601
Ron Mahay 1.1000140
Joaquin Benoit 0.1120000
C.J. Wilson (H,) 0.1000110
Antonio Alfonseca (H,) 0.1111100
Francisco Cordero (H,) 0.2100010
Akinori Otsuka (S,) 1100010
HBP - Gomes (by Joaquin Benoit)
Pitches-Strikes - Robinson Tejeda 86-47, Ron Mahay 22-15, Joaquin Benoit 18-11, C.J. Wilson 15-8, Antonio Alfonseca 19-12, Francisco Cordero 11-7, Akinori Otsuka 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robinson Tejeda 6-9, Joaquin Benoit 1-1, Antonio Alfonseca 1-0, Francisco Cordero 1-0, Akinori Otsuka 1-0
Batters Faced - Robinson Tejeda 24, Ron Mahay 5, Joaquin Benoit 4, C.J. Wilson 2, Antonio Alfonseca 3, Francisco Cordero 3, Akinori Otsuka 3
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Joey Gathright, CF4200115
Carl Crawford, LF3000213
Jonny Gomes, DH3110113
Ty Wigginton, 2B3112100
Toby Hall, C5012006
Damon Hollins, RF5121004
Travis Lee, 1B2000110
   a- Greg Norton, PH-1B1000111
Sean Burroughs, 3B3010213
Tomas Perez, SS4010013
Totals335759728 
a-walked for Lee in the 7th
Batting
HR - Damon Hollins (, Tejeda)
SF - Ty Wigginton ()
RBI - Ty Wigginton 2 (), Toby Hall 2 (), Damon Hollins ()
2-OUT RBI - Ty Wigginton ()
SB - Carl Crawford (, 2nd base off Tejeda/Barajas)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - T. Perez-Wigginton-Lee
E - Toby Hall (, missed catch by catcher)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Mark Hendrickson (L,-) 5.1766243
Travis Harper 1.2100110
Dan Miceli 2311000
WP - Mark Hendrickson ()
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 91-56, Travis Harper 18-9, Dan Miceli 24-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 6-6, Travis Harper 3-0, Dan Miceli 3-2
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 25, Travis Harper 6, Dan Miceli 8
Game Information
Attendance - 7147
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Wally Bell