NEW YORK -- Brad Wilkerson made the most of his first series at Yankee Stadium, working in some sightseeing before helping the Texas Rangers get a much-needed win Thursday.
He hit a two-run homer and Vicente Padilla pitched into the seventh inning in the Rangers' 6-2 victory over the Yankees.
Wilkerson, a six-year veteran who was acquired by Texas in the offseason, hit three homers in his first series against the Yankees in New York, helping the Rangers earn a split of the four-game set.
"The first day I was here, I was really excited to finally play here," he said. "I went out early and went through monument park and just looked around. It's really different how the ballpark is laid out. You can see the ball really good in this ballpark and that helped me a lot."
Kevin Mench and Rod Barajas also had two hits for the Rangers. Padilla (4-3), whose last start was May 10 against Minnesota, allowed two runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings.
"He had a couple of days extra rest," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "I thought he was real strong, strong with his fastball."
Yankees starter Jaret Wright (2-2) pitched well in the first six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh when the Rangers broke through for four runs. Mench led off with a single and Wilkerson then hit a 2-2 pitch from Wright into the first row of the upper deck in right for his seventh homer.
Wright hit Mark DeRosa with a pitch before he was pulled for Scott Erickson. A walk and a sacrifice forced the Yankees to play their infield in and Gary Matthews Jr. hit a slow roller to second baseman Robinson Cano, who bobbled the grounder and threw the ball past catcher Kelly Stinnett.
DeRosa and D'Angelo Jimenez scored to give Texas a 4-0 lead. Cano's off-target throw was New York's second error of the game and its 17th miscue in its last 11.
"It doesn't bother me because we're working at it," manager Joe Torre said. "I mean it's something I don't expect to continue because we certainly make it a lot tougher on the pitching staff if we continue to give the opposition extra outs."
Johnny Damon hit a two-run single off Francisco Cordero in the bottom half but Cordero rebounded to strike out Derek Jeter with runners on first and second to get out of the inning.
Akinori Otsuka struck out the side in the ninth in his first appearance since he allowed Jorge Posada's game-winning homer in the ninth inning of New York's 14-13 win Tuesday.
The Rangers added two runs in the ninth on Barajas' third homer of the season and Mench's RBI groundout.
New York's injury-riddled outfield took another hit in the fifth when Bubba Crosby left the game with a strained right hamstring after lining a single to right. Crosby is listed as day to day.
Sluggers Gary Sheffield (left wrist and hand) and Hideki Matsui (broken left wrist) are already on the disabled list.
"It's definitely frustrating," Damon said. "We lose perhaps two of the best outfielders in the league when Matsui and Sheffield go down and then Bubba, ... a guy who can do all the little things to help you win, he's down too."
Torre said the team may put Crosby on the disabled list depending on how he feels on Friday.
Wright retired the first eight hitters he faced before Barajas singled with two outs in the third. He worked six-plus innings, giving up six hits and three runs.
RHP Aaron Small will start Sunday against the New York Mets instead of Shawn Chacon, who has a large welt called a resolving hematoma just below the knee on the inside of his left leg, which he got when he was hit by a batted ball last Thursday against Boston. Chacon is only expected to miss one turn in the rotation. ... 3B Hank Blalock sat out with a stomach virus and could miss Friday's game.... Yankees RHP Tanyon Sturtze, on the 15-day disabled list, was examined by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., to get a second opinion on his injured right shoulder. Andrews confirmed the initial diagnosis of a small rotator cuff tear and bursitis. Sturtze will have surgery on the shoulder next week and could miss the rest of the season. ... Yankees RHP Carl Pavano was not optimistic one day after he threw only nine pitches before leaving a rehab start at Double-A Trenton because of soreness in his right arm. He said Thursday he couldn't straighten out his arm. ... Padilla struck out six and walked three.
|Players of the Game|
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|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||4||0||0||1||1||0||1||.297|
|Michael Young, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.322|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||3||0||0||0||2||0||1||.281|
|Phil Nevin, DH||5||0||0||0||0||1||7||.234|
|Kevin Mench, RF||5||1||2||1||0||0||0||.299|
|Adrian Brown, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Brad Wilkerson, LF||4||1||2||2||1||0||0||.270|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||0||4||.339|
|D'Angelo Jimenez, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||0||3||.212|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||1||2||1||0||1||2||.238|
|HR - Brad Wilkerson (7, Wright), Rod Barajas (3, Erickson)|
|SH - Rod Barajas (3)|
|RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (18), Kevin Mench (29), Brad Wilkerson 2 (16), Rod Barajas (12)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Vicente Padilla (W,4-3)||6.2||3||2||2||3||6||0||4.33|
|Francisco Cordero (H,4)||1.1||2||0||0||1||1||0||6.98|
|HBP - Giambi (by Vicente Padilla)|
|WP - Vicente Padilla (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 109-68, Francisco Cordero 31-20, Akinori Otsuka 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 9-5, Francisco Cordero 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 27, Francisco Cordero 7, Akinori Otsuka 3|
|New York Yankees|
|Johnny Damon, DH||5||0||1||2||0||3||1||.280|
|Derek Jeter, SS||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.346|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.266|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.272|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.317|
|Bernie Williams, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.231|
|Melky Cabrera, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.318|
|Bubba Crosby, LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Kevin Reese, PR-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Kelly Stinnett, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.200|
|a- Jorge Posada, PH-C||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||.307|
|a-walked for Stinnett in the 7th|
|SH - Bubba Crosby (3)|
|RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (7)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Jeter-Cano-Giambi|
|E - Robinson Cano (4, wild throw), Kevin Reese (1, dropped fly)|
|New York Yankees|
|Jaret Wright (L,1-3)||6||6||3||3||0||2||1||4.94|
|IBB - Teixeira by Scott Erickson|
|HBP - DeRosa (by Jaret Wright)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jaret Wright 82-51, Scott Erickson 48-25, Ron Villone 25-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaret Wright 4-12, Scott Erickson 6-1, Ron Villone 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jaret Wright 25, Scott Erickson 12, Ron Villone 6|
|Attendance - 47194|
|Game Time - 3:20|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|