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.