Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Texas leads 2-0 (as of 6/10)

Game 1: Monday, June 7
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 8
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Game 2: Wednesday, June 9
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Game 2: Thursday, June 10
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Game 3: Thursday, June 10
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Pirates 7

(24-31, 15-13 away)

Rangers 9

(32-24, 18-9 home)

5:05 PM ET, June 10, 2004

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

R H E
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TEX - -

W: F. Francisco (1-0)

L: B. Meadows (2-2)

S: F. Cordero (19)

7th-inning miscues doom Pittsburgh

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers capitalized when it counted.

Michael Young, Gary Matthews Jr. and Herbert Perry homered, and Texas took advantage of Pittsburgh's poor fielding in the seventh inning to beat the slumping Pirates 9-7 Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Pirates have led the past four games in the seventh inning or later and lost all four. They are 1-4 on a nine-game road trip and have lost eight of nine overall.

The Rangers scored three unearned runs in the seventh thanks to two errors by Pittsburgh. They had only three hits off starter Oliver Perez coming into the inning, all home runs.

"We took advantage of every opportunity we had," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

The teams were rained out the last two nights, forcing them to play a doubleheader on what was supposed to be an off day for both clubs.

With the Rangers trailing 7-6, Rod Barajas reached on shortstop Jack Wilson's error leading off the seventh.

After Eric Young's single and an intentional walk to Alfonso Soriano loaded the bases, Mark Teixeira hit a grounder to third baseman Chris Stynes, who had just entered as a defensive replacement for Bobby Hill.

But Stynes threw wildly into right field while trying to get the force at second base, allowing Barajas and Eric Young to score for an 8-7 Texas lead. Soriano then scored on Perry's groundout.

Stynes entered the game without an error in 74 chances at third.

"He made the right play," Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He just didn't throw it to the bag where he needed to."

The errors cost Perez a win in an unusual outing.

He struck out a season-high 12 in six innings, but yielded all three Texas home runs. He gave up four hits and walked four.

The left-hander also hit two batters with pitches before Matthews' three-run shot in the fourth.

"He elevated a couple of balls, some mistake pitches," McClendon said. "But the fact is he left with the lead and should have won the ballgame. We just didn't execute on `D."

The Rangers also were impressed with Perez.

"He reminds me a little of Randy Johnson," said Perry, whose solo shot brought Texas to 7-6 in the sixth. "He's kind of tall, his fastball jumps at you and his slider sweeps."

Rangers starter Joaquin Benoit gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. Frank Francisco (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for his first major league win.

"It feels great and exciting," Francisco said. "I hope my friends and family were watching."

Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 19th save in 19 opportunities, extending his club record for consecutive chances converted.

Pittsburgh reliever Brian Meadows (2-2) gave up three unearned runs in one-third of an inning.

Michael Young's two-run homer gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the third, and Matthews extended the advantage to 5-1 with his three-run drive.

But the Pirates overcame the four-run deficit with two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth.

Daryle Ward keyed the sixth with a two-run single that gave Pittsburgh a 6-5 lead. Wilson also had an RBI groundout, and Craig Wilson had a sacrifice fly.

Game notes


Craig Wilson was hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season, tops in the majors. ... About 5,000 people were in the stands at the start of the game. ... The Pirates are 0-5 all-time against the Rangers. ... Michael Young's homer was his first since May 15 against Detroit. It was his ninth of the year.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

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