Rangers get four in ninth, beat Brewers

6-9-07 -- Michael Young singled off Francisco Cordero with two outs in the ninth to lead the Texas Rangers to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Cordero had converted all 22 of his save chances coming in and retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth before it all unraveled for the former Rangers closer.

With Texas trailing 3-0, Brad Wilkerson hit a two-out single, Ramon Vazquez walked and Gerald Laird hit an RBI single. Kenny Lofton followed with a run-scoring single and Marlon Byrd tied it with an RBI single.

Young then lined a single up the middle to give the Rangers the surprising win and send Cordero (0-1) to his first blown save of the season.

The comeback spoiled an impressive outing by Brewers starter Ben Sheets, who gave up five hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked two and was in line to win for the sixth time in his last eight starts.

Texas did not get an extra-base hit off Sheets and advanced only one runner as far as third base. Derrick Turnbow retired the side in order in the eighth inning, but the Rangers busted through against Cordero.

Frank Francisco (1-0) allowed two runs and two hits in the ninth, but got the win.

Texas' Sammy Sosa failed to homer in his 15th straight game as he seeks to become the fifth player to hit 600. Sosa, who went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, is in a 10-for-57 slide since hitting his last homer -- No. 598 -- on May 22.

Texas played its first game in four seasons without slugging first baseman Mark Teixeira, whose franchise-record consecutive games streak ended at 507 after he was put on the 15-day disabled list before the game due to a strained left quadriceps.

Teixeira left Friday night's game against the Brewers following the sixth inning after landing awkwardly on the first-base bag running out a grounder.

Texas' starting rotation's entered with an ERA of 7.00, the worst mark in baseball and on pace for the worst in major league history. But the Rangers got five strong innings out of starter Brandon McCarthy.

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Tony Graffanino doubled and scored on Craig Counsell's two-out double.

McCarthy had won his previous three decisions, but was removed from his last start on May 25 against Boston due to a blister on his right middle finger. On Saturday night, McCarthy was pulled after five innings after giving up one run and four hits. He struck out five and didn't issue a walk.

The Brewers should have had another run in the eighth with Counsell at bat and Damian Miller at first. Counsell hit a liner to right that seemed to be headed for a run-scoring double or triple, but Byrd made a spectacular diving catch, then scrambled to his feet to get the ball back to the infield and double Miller off first.

The Brewers added two runs in the ninth off Francisco on Geoff Jenkins' sacrifice fly and Graffanino's RBI single.


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