Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/5)

Game 1: Friday, June 4
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NY Yankees7
Game 2: Saturday, June 5
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NY Yankees1
Game 3: Sunday, June 6
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Rangers 8

(30-23, 14-14 away)

Yankees 1

(34-20, 17-8 home)

    4:05 PM ET, June 5, 2004

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: J. Dominguez (1-1)

    L: J. Lieber (4-3)

    Yankees lose second game in last 12

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Buck Showalter shouted at the television, cheering for Smarty Jones along with everybody else.

    Alas, the popular horse came up short in his Triple Crown bid, costing Texas' manager a few "tokens," he said. But Showalter also gambled Saturday on a rookie pitcher at Yankee Stadium -- and that one paid off big.

    Juan Dominguez shut down the New York Yankees for eight innings, earning his first major league win and leading the Rangers to an 8-1 victory.

    "He was outstanding. It was a big day for the young man," said Showalter, who interrupted his postgame interview to watch the race at nearby Belmont Park. "We talked where we are as an organization, and we wanted to expose him to this environment. He really responded."

    Brad Fullmer homered and scored a career-high four runs. Mark Teixeira also connected and drove in three runs as Texas teed off on Jon Lieber, handing the Yankees only their second loss in 12 games. New York had won four straight, all come-from-behind victories.

    Fullmer homered leading off the second, then doubled, singled and walked to reach safely in his first four plate appearances. He knocked in two runs and is 9-for-15 (.600) with three homers lifetime against Lieber.

    Batting fourth and fifth, respectively, Fullmer and Teixeira combined to go 6-for-8 with five RBI and five runs scored.

    "We made him work today, between Brad and me, and we did the damage," Teixeira said.

    Dominguez (1-1), called up from Triple-A Oklahoma on May 29, allowed only Ruben Sierra's fifth-inning home run. Facing a lineup missing Derek Jeter, he gave up five hits, struck out five and walked one. The rookie retired 11 in a row during one stretch.

    "He came in here and came after us," New York's Jorge Posada said.

    Dominguez became only the second Rangers rookie to earn his first career win at Yankee Stadium. Aaron Myette also did it on Aug. 2, 2001.

    "I'm really proud. I'm working hard," Dominguez said through a translator. "I felt no pressure."

    The 24-year-old Dominguez was 0-3 in his first seven big league appearances. This was his fifth start.

    The Dominican right-hander planned to celebrate Saturday night with his family in New York.

    "I don't think fear is ever going to be a factor with him," Showalter said. "He has a confidence. Today was a product of a lot of people in our system -- and Juan."

    Carlos Almanzar finished the six-hitter.

    During the seventh-inning stretch, the crowd of 51,910 let out a collective gasp when informed of Ronald Reagan's death by public address announcer Bob Sheppard. The fans then observed a moment of silence.

    Lieber (4-3) was roughed up for the second start in a row, giving up six runs and nine hits in six innings. The sinkerballer got only two groundball outs -- a sure sign he was missing his best stuff.

    "It's been terrible," Lieber said. "They hit the ball hard. I've got to keep the ball down in all my games. This isn't the first funk I've been in in my career. I'm just going to try to get it hammered out and get ready for my next start."

    Fullmer hit his sixth homer over the center-field fence leading off the second.

    Ex-Yankee Alfonso Soriano singled in the fourth and scored from first on Fullmer's one-out double to right. Teixeira followed with an RBI single, making it 3-0.

    Rod Barajas added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

    Sierra hit his sixth home run to right-center in the bottom half.

    Teixeira made it 6-1 with a two-run shot deep into the right-field upper deck in the sixth, his seventh of the season. Laynce Nix followed with a triple, but Lieber escaped further damage.

    Fullmer walked and scored on an error in the eighth, and Hank Blalock hit an RBI double in the ninth.

    Game notes


    Teixeira had three hits. ... Texas has nine homers in the past five games, including two in each of the last four. ... New York had scored five or more runs in 11 consecutive games. ... The Yankees dropped to 17-8 at home. ... Gary Sheffield was New York's DH for the third consecutive day. ... Jeter sat out with a tight left groin and probably won't play again until Tuesday. ... 2B Enrique Wilson didn't start, either, after hurting his groin Friday night as well. That left the Yankees with a makeshift middle infield of Miguel Cairo at shortstop and Homer Bush at second. It was Bush's first major league start since Aug. 21, 2002, with Florida.

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