Texas Rangers Team Report - July 12
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(Sports Network) - Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI, including a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning which lifted Texas to a 6-5 victory over Boston in the finale of a three-game set on Sunday at Fenway Park. Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench also homered and drove in two runs each as the Rangers avoided a series sweep and snapped a seven-game losing streak at Fenway. Eric Young finished 5-for-5 with a run scored for Texas, which heads into the All-Star break with a 49-37 record and a two-game lead over Oakland in the American League West. With the teams deadlocked at 5-5, Rod Barajas opened the eighth with a single against Boston All-Star closer Keith Foulke. Michael Young then doubled to send pinch-runner Jason Conti to third, and after Foulke fanned Hank Blalock, Soriano lifted a fly ball to left which sent Conti home with the go-ahead run. Boston threatened in the bottom of the ninth, when a pair of Texas miscues sent the potential tying run to third with two outs. All-Star Francisco Cordero issued a leadoff walk to Bill Mueller, but got pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez to pop up for the first out and then picked pinch-runner Pokey Reese off at first. Damon then reached on Hank Blalock's error, stole second, and advanced to third on catcher Danny Ardoin's errant throw. However, Cordero struck out Mark Bellhorn to finish the game and notch his 27th save. Brian Shouse (2-0) picked up the victory after retiring David Ortiz for the final out in the seventh. Texas had not won at Fenway since August 20, 2002 and entered the game with 17 defeats in its last 19 visits to the stadium. In addition to Cordero, Texas will be represented by Kenny Rogers, Soriano, Blalock and Michael Young at the All-Star Game in Houston. Blalock will also participate in Monday's Home Run Derby at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers return to action on Friday when they host the Toronto Blue Jays in the start of a three-game series at Ameriquest Field.