7th-inning miscues doom Pittsburgh

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

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

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

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.