Series: Game 3 of 3

Houston won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, July 2
Game 2: Saturday, July 3
Game 3: Sunday, July 4

Rangers 18

(45-34, 20-22 away)

Astros 3

(42-39, 22-20 home)

    2:05 PM ET, July 4, 2004

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    TEX 012306024 18 16 1
    HOU 000011100 3 8 3

    W: J. Benoit (3-3)

    L: A. Pettitte (4-2)

    Mench, Teixeira both hit bases-loaded homers

    HOUSTON (AP) -- Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock became the first Rangers to hit grand slams in the same game, lifting Texas to an 18-3 rout of the Houston Astros on Sunday.

    Teixeira added a solo shot in the eighth, Kevin Mench also had two homers among his career-high four hits and Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run home run as the Rangers closed out their interleague, in-state series against Houston, scoring their most runs in a game this season.

    Texas also claimed possession of the Silver Boot trophy that goes to the winner of the series for the first time since 2001. This year's six-game series ended in a 3-3 tie, but the Rangers outscored the Astros 42-29 to win the tiebreaker.

    Teixeira hit his slam in the ninth inning off Chad Harville and Blalock was pinch-hitting in the sixth when he connected to give the Rangers their first two grand slam game since the Washington Senators moved to Texas in 1972.

    Gary Matthews Jr. set up the Rangers' six-run sixth, leading off the inning with a single. Eric Young and Soriano were both walked, and Blalock entered for Herbert Perry with the bases loaded.

    Blalock then homered into the right-field seats off reliever Tim Redding for his 22nd homer of the season, giving the Rangers a 10-1 lead. Teixeira was walked on the next at-bat, and Mench followed with a home run to left field, drawing a chorus of boos from the sellout crowd of 41,147.

    Joaquin Benoit (3-3) got the win, holding the Astros to two runs on five hits in six innings. He also had five strikeouts.

    Andy Pettitte, who was out for a month after going on the DL with a strained left forearm, was roughed up in his first start in Houston since May 26 against the Chicago Cubs.

    The left-hander's wild pitch in the second scored Perry for the game's first run and things only got worse from there. Pettitte struggled to get the final outs in the third and fourth, and the Rangers made him pay.

    In the third, Teixeira's RBI double scored Eric Young and Mench singled on the next at-bat, barely beating the throw to first from Astros third baseman Morgan Ensberg to score Perry.

    Michael Young had a run-scoring single in the fourth and Soriano homered into the right-field seats to give the Rangers a 6-0 lead.

    Pettitte (4-2) retired the side in the fifth to finish his worst performance of the season since his hometown debut against Barry Bonds and San Francisco on April 6. He allowed six runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

    Redding, who was bumped down to the bullpen after struggling in 14 starts, didn't fare much better. He gave up six runs on only three hits, two homers, in his only inning of relief.

    Ensberg homered in the fifth, his third home run in as many games. Before the series against the Rangers, Ensberg hadn't gone deep all season. Jeff Bagwell and Jose Vizcaino also had run-scoring singles.

    Game notes

    Blalock's pinch-hit grand slam was the fourth in Texas history. ... Biggio's double in the seventh tied him with Tony Gwynn for 19th on the major league list. They both have 543. ... Astros CF Carlos Beltran is still looking for his first hit in Houston. He went 0-for-11 against Texas with three strikeouts and two walks.

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