Teixeira hit his AL-leading 25th homer and DeRosa had a two-run
shot in a four-run eighth inning as the Rangers completed a
three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 9-8 victory
DeRosa was making a rare start in place of All-Star second
baseman Alfonso Soriano, who was in Panama to be with his wife, who
is expecting the couple's second child.
With the game tied at 5, Sandy Alomar drew a out-out walk in the
eighth from Jason Frasor (1-4). DeRosa, without a hit in his first
three at-bats and carrying a .182 average at the start of the day,
followed with his third homer of the season.
"After I struggled in my first three at-bats, there were a
couple of guys in the crowd calling for Soriano," DeRosa said.
"I'm glad they stuck with me."
"I got three All-Stars playing my positions, so my time out
there is just to give them a rest," DeRosa said. "I understand my
Teixeira, the AL All-Star first baseman, has three homers in his
last two games and seems ready for Monday's Home Run Derby in
"This is a job. It's work," Teixeira said. "[Monday] will be
fun. I just want to hang out there and whatever happens, happens."
Aaron Hill's two-run double in the ninth off Francisco Cordero
pulled the Blue Jays within 9-7. Eric Hinske's run-scoring double
made it 9-8, but Cordero struck out Alex Rios with runners on
second and third before getting pinch-hitter Reed Johnson to ground
to third to end it.
But Texas came back in the fifth against Toronto starter Josh
Towers, getting consecutive singles from Dellucci and Michael
Young. After Teixeira walked to load the bases, Blalock singled to
right to drive in Dellucci and Young.
The Blue Jays tied it at 5 in the eighth on Rios' RBI groundout
Gregg Zaun had three hits for the Blue Jays, who have lost 10 of
their last 13 in Arlington.
Texas took a 2-0 lead in the second on Gary Matthews Jr.'s
run-scoring double and Alomar's RBI single. Blalock had an RBI
double in the third, but Zaun cut the deficit to 3-1 with a
run-scoring single in the fourth.
Chris Young allowed four runs and six hits over four innings on
a hot afternoon, and he has an 8.10 ERA over his last five starts
to raise his ERA from 2.78 to 4.01.
"A lot of people run out of gas," Rangers manager Buck
Showalter said. "We're trying to be as careful as we can with him.
I think Chris is probably a little weary right now."
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Frasor's walk to the
39-year-old Alomar, the backup catcher making his 20th start of the
season, was a mistake.
"You can't walk Sandy Alomar Jr.," Gibbons said. "That's the
game right there. Those passes burn you."
Frasor made no excuses.
"That certainly kick-started things for them," Frasor said.
"You get behind the next guy and in 30 seconds it's 7-5. I
couldn't get my breaking ball over and I left the fastball out over
the plate. You know what those guys can do with those kinds of
The Rangers honored former OF Rusty Greer in pregame
ceremonies. ... Michael Young has at least one extra-base hit in
each of the last eight games. ... Hill extended his hitting streak
to 11 games. ...Toronto's Shea Hillenbrand has hit safetly in 23 of
24 career games against Texas.