Teixeira, Rangers break out to beat Yankees

5-10-07 -- Brandon McCarthy held down the Yankees, and then the Texas Rangers' hitters broke out to stop their slide against New York.

McCarthy limited New York to one run in 5 1-3 innings and Mark Teixeira had four hits, including three doubles, leading the Rangers to a 14-2 rout Thursday.

Pinch-hitter Victor Diaz hit his first career grand slam, Teixeira had three RBIs and Gerald Laird out-raced Alex Rodriguez in a rundown to score the go-ahead run in a three-run fifth.

Texas turned the game into a blowout with three runs in the seventh and seven more in the eighth. Rangers closer Eric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth, his first action since straining a hip on April 22.

New York had won its first five games this year against last-place Texas and 18 of 20 since July 2005. The Yankees (16-17) fell short in their attempts to sweep the season series and to move over .500 for the first time since before play on April 21.

Texas set season highs for runs and hits (16).

McCarthy (3-4), who gave up five or more runs in each of his previous three starts, allowed five hits and threw a season-high 104 pitches.

The only run off him was Melky Cabrera's tying homer in the third. Cabrera had gone 266 at-bats without a home run since last Aug. 10 when he connected off McCarthy, then with the Chicago White Sox.

Frank Francisco relieved with two on in the sixth and Texas ahead 4-1, and he retired Hideki Matsui on a flyout and Jorge Posada on a popup. Francisco has retired his first batter in all seven appearances this year.

Chien-Ming Wang (1-3) fell behind in the first, a contrast to his previous outing, when he began with 7 1-3 perfect innings against Seattle last Saturday. Against the Rangers, he gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings, and his ERA rose to 5.40.

Sammy Sosa, who had three hits, had a two-out RBI single in the first. With the score 1-all in the fifth, Texas took advantage of New York's fielding failures.

Laird hit a leadoff triple on a catchable fly that dropped behind Bobby Abreu, who slowed as he neared the right-field wall. Lofton grounded out with the infield in, and Brad Wilkerson grounded sharply to third. Rodriguez threw home, trapping Laird in a rundown, and Posada threw back to third. A-Rod faked a throw and then ran after Laird but couldn't catch up in time as Laird slid home for a 2-1 lead.

Teixeira and Sosa followed with consecutive RBI singles that made it 4-1. Texas boosted it lead to 7-1 in the seventh on Wilkerson's sacrifice fly, Teixeira's RBI double that chased Wang and Hank Blalock's run-scoring double off Luis Vizcaino.

Diaz hit his slam in the eighth against Sean Henn, the fifth pinch-hit slam in Texas history and first since Blalock on July 4, 2004, at Houston.