Teixeira hits grand slam in big eighth

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Mark Teixeira did what any good hitter
does when a pitcher makes a mistake: he homered.

Teixeira hit a grand slam to key a six-run eighth inning and the
Texas Rangers handed the Toronto Blue Jays their sixth straight
loss, 7-5 Sunday night.

Blue Jays starter Miguel Batista allowed just two hits to Brad
Fullmer over the first seven innings -- a single in the fourth and
two-out homer in the seventh, but AL West-leading Texas rallied for
its fifth comeback win of the season when trailing after seven
innings and fourth straight win overall.

"You never give up when you have nine innings to play," said
Teixeira, who has homered in four consecutive games. "Once I hit
it I knew it was gone. Batista was carving us up but to be able to
come back in a game like that is a lot of fun."

The Rangers pulled to 5-2 in the eighth when Gary Matthews Jr.
walked, went to third on Rod Barajas' double and scored on Laynce
Nix's grounder. Nix was safe at first on Carlos Delgado's fielding
error. Michael Young made it 5-3 with an RBI double to chase

"I had good stuff but I made two stupid mistakes that cost us
the game -- the walk to Matthews and the double to Barajas,"
Batista said. "You take away those mistakes and we should be the
guys celebrating now."

Vinnie Chulk (0-1) retired the next two batters on flyballs,
then issued a four-pitch walk to Fullmer to load the bases.

Teixeira followed with his second grand slam of the season and
third of his career.

"I left a two-seamer up to Teixeira," Chulk said. "The way
he's swinging the bat right now, you can't do that."

Fullmer was the only Ranger to have any offensive success
heading into the eighth, so Teixeira wasn't surprised when Chulk
walked Fullmer on four pitches.

"I had a feeling they'd pitch around him and take their chances
with me," Teixeira said. "I had a good feeling coming up to the
plate and that's why I swung at the first pitch."

Doug Brocail (1-1) allowed one hit over 1 1-3 innings and struck
out three to earn his first major league victory since July 23,
2000, for Detroit.

Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 28th save in 30

Alex Rois had a career-high four hits for Toronto.

Batista allowed five runs and four hits over seven-plus innings.
He struck out four and walked two.

Rangers starter Kenny Rogers allowed five runs and 12 hits over
6 2-3 innings. Rogers, who slightly strained his right hamstring
almost two weeks ago, gave up eight runs and nine hits in 1 2-3
innings to Boston in his previous start on July 10.

Rogers was chosen for the AL All-Star team but didn't pitch in
the game, then the Rangers gave him two extra days off after the

The extra rest didn't seem to help Rogers as Toronto took a 2-0
lead in the second on Eric Hinske's RBI double and Chris Woodward's
run-scoring single.

The Blue Jays went ahead 3-0 in the fourth on consecutive
doubles by Gregg Zaun and Rios, then stretched their advantage to
4-0 in the fifth on Delgado's RBI single.

Vernon Wells added an RBI single in the seventh to make it 5-0
before Fullmer ended Batista's bid for his fourth career shutout
with the solo homer in the seventh.

Asked where he ranked Sunday night's defeat in this season full
of disappointments, Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said, "I think
it's pretty near the top of the list. We controlled the game
entirely for seven innings and then lost."

Game notes
Rogers allowed a career-high six doubles, matching the
Rangers record for doubles given up in a game. ... Terry Craft was
scheduled to be the home plate umpire but he missed the game due to
an unspecified illness. Mike DiMuro took over behind the plate in a
three-man crew with Joe West and Paul Emmel. ... Hinske extended
his career-best hitting streak to 16 games, one short of the team's
season high held by Wells. ... Rangers RHP Chan Ho Park allowed
five runs and nine hits in six innings in a rehab start for
Double-A Frisco. Park has been on the DL since May 26 with a
strained lower back and his rehab assignment runs out this week.