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Millwood goes the distance, Teixeira goes yard in Texas win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Kevin Millwood struggled at home all
season -- until Tuesday night.

The right-hander gave up eight hits in his second complete game
of the year and Mark Teixeira hit a tiebreaking homer, leading the
Texas Rangers to a 9-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Millwood (13-9) struck out a season-high eight and did not issue
a walk in his 14th career complete game, tying Vicente Padilla for
the team lead in wins. Millwood has won all three starts against
Baltimore this season, including two complete games.

After a shaky first three innings, during which he allowed three
runs and six hits, Millwood retired 18 straight until Kevin Millar
doubled with two outs in the ninth and David Newhan followed with
an RBI single. Millwood then got Ramon Hernandez to ground out to
first to end the game.

"I always enjoy being able to go nine and get the win, but this
is a little sweeter because I've struggled at home," said
Millwood, who started the night 4-6 with a 6.14 ERA at home this
season.

His two best home starts this year have come against the
Orioles.

"I thought we were going to get him early," Baltimore manager
Sam Perlozzo said. "But he painted the corners, attacked the
strike zone and made good pitches. We couldn't get anything
going."

For Millwood, the ability to mix his curveball with an effective
fastball allowed him to settle down after his early problems.

"I started mixing it up a bit," he said. "I had a good
fastball, but everything was hard early. I started mixing in my
curveball after that."

Baltimore, which had won three straight, tied the score at 3 in
the third on Jay Gibbons' RBI double.

Teixeira's 22nd homer, off Rodrigo Lopez (9-14) in the fifth,
put Texas in front to stay at 4-3. The Rangers then put the game
away with a five-run seventh.

Lopez, the AL leader in losses and runs allowed (119), gave up
seven runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out a
season-high nine and walked three.

"It was a good pitching duel," Lopez said. "I wanted to go
deep in the game. I feel I pitched better than the numbers."

Lopez said the home run pitch to Teixeira wasn't a mistake.

"He had a good approach," Lopez said. "It was a changeup down
and away. I thought it was going to be a fly ball, but it went
out."

The Orioles, who had won six of nine, took advantage of a
Rangers error for a 2-0 second-inning lead.

Texas third baseman Hank Blalock's throwing error on Millar's
infield single put Millar on second, and Corey Patterson followed
with a single to send Millar to third.

After Patterson stole second, Hernandez delivered a two-run
single to put Baltimore in front.

Texas came back to go ahead 3-2 in the second on Rod Barajas'
two-run single and Michael Young's RBI single.

Patterson had to leave the game in the second with a sprained
right shoulder after crashing into the wall while making a leaping
catch. X-rays were negative, but Perlozzo said Patterson could be
out for a week to 10 days.

Patterson caught a line drive hit by Texas' Gary Matthews Jr.
and then banged his right shoulder into the center-field wall.
Patterson walked off the field grimacing in pain and was replaced
by Newhan, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list before
the game.

The Rangers loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh
against Lopez. Blalock hit a two-run single off Tim Byrdak to make
it 6-3. Mark DeRosa's two-run double and Matt Stairs' RBI single,
both off James Hoey, stretched the lead to 9-3.

Game notes
Patterson stole his 40th base of the season. He had 15
steals for the Chicago Cubs last season. ... Lopez has allowed 30
homers this season. ... The Rangers lead the season series 5-2, and
are 21-20 against the AL East. ... Texas has three complete games
this season. ... Orioles backup catcher Chris Widger was
unavailable after straining his right shoulder on a
batting-practice swing. Perlozzo said Widger could miss a few
games.