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Lewis gets first win in almost three months

8/10/2003

TORONTO (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez homered for the seventh time in
the past 10 games and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays
5-4 on Sunday.

Rodriguez's recent tear started a day after he indicated he was
so frustrated by losing that he would consider a trade.

The All-Star shortstop hit his 31st homer of the season, and his
20th of his career at SkyDome, surpassing Manny Ramirez for the
most by a visiting player.

Todd Greene homered and Rafael Palmeiro hit an RBI triple for
the Rangers, who have won eight of 11 since Rodriguez's comment. It
was Palmeiro's first triple since he had three in the 2000 season.

Texas has hit 22 home runs in the last nine games, and they lead
the majors with 179.

Toronto's Mike Bordick extended his career-high hitting streak
to 18 games with a single in the first. He went 2-for-5 and is
27-for-69 (.391) during that stretch.

Texas starter Colby Lewis (5-7) won for the first time since May
27. Lewis, who recently spent six weeks at Triple-A Oklahoma,
allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out five and walking
one in five innings.

Francisco Cordero pitched 1 2-3 innings and allowed Vernon
Wells' RBI single in the ninth before finishing for his eighth
save.

Michael Young led off the first with a triple and scored on Hank
Blalock's sacrifice fly. Rodriguez followed with his homer off Josh
Towers (1-1)

Toronto's Eric Hinske hit his eighth homer of the season in the
second.

Palmeiro's triple in the third to make it 3-1 and Greene homered
in the fourth.

Orlando's Hudson's RBI grounder cut it to 4-2 in the fifth.

Towers, making his first start since April 17, 2002, allowed
four runs on seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Texas right fielder Laynce Nix added an RBI single in the eighth
off Dan Reichert.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the bottom half, but scored
just one run on Cordero's bases loaded walk to Tom Wilson.

Game notes
The Blue Jays have lost 25 of their last 37. ... Toronto's
Carlos Delgado was the designated hitter. Delgado has been bothered
by sore knees recently. ... Towers started in place of Cory Lidle,
who is on the 15-day disabled list with a nagging groin injury. ...
Greene has seven home runs. ... The Rangers play Detroit and
Chicago for the first time this season when they return home on
Monday. The Rangers host the Tigers for four games before a
three-game set with Chicago.