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Texas slams three homers in win over Boston

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Laynce Nix, Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock each hit home runs in the Texas Rangers' 9-2 victory over
the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.

Nix drove in four runs, including a two-run shot in the second
off Ramiro Mendoza that put the Rangers ahead to stay. He later
drew a bases-loaded walk and hit an RBI double.

Teixeira, who was 3-for-4 and scored three times, put the
Rangers up 5-0 with his three-run homer in the third. It was his
15th homer, matching Detroit's Eric Munson for the most among major
league rookies.

Robert Ellis (1-1) worked seven-plus innings for his first
victory since June 16, 2001. He gave up two runs on six hits, the
last Damian Jackson's solo homer leading off the eighth.

Trot Nixon also homered for Boston, which had moved within 1{
games of the New York Yankees for the AL East lead by winning 22 of
their previous 32 games. Bill Mueller, a night after becoming the
first player to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in the
same game, went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Rangers All-Star shortstop Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-5 after
saying before the game that he was so frustrated by losing that he
would consider a trade.

"If the Rangers found they could be better off without me,
whether now or a year or two down the road, I'd be willing to sit
down and talk," said Rodriguez, in the third year of his record
$252 million, 10-year contract.

The Rangers are 44-63, in last place in the AL West for the
fourth straight season. Texas has committed to a youth movement,
with nine rookies on the current roster.

Rangers general manager John Hart was surprised by Rodriguez's
comments, but said A-Rod -- who turned 28 on Sunday -- is "a
foundation piece" for Texas.

Teixeira, 2-for-22 his previous six games, led off the second
with a single and scored on Nix's second homer of the season.
Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro had consecutive singles before
Teixeira went deep.

Blalock's one-out homer in the fifth came before Rodriguez
singled to chase Mendoza. Jason Shiell, recalled from Triple-A
earlier in the day, struck out the first batter he faced then hit a
batter and issued two walks, the second to Nix.

Ellis gave up two singles in the first, but Johnny Damon and
Mueller were both throw out stealing. Ellis, who gave up eight runs
in four innings against Seattle in his Texas debut Friday, got his
first win since June 16, 2001, for Arizona against Detroit.

Mendoza gave up seven runs on seven hits over 4 1-3 innings.
He's allowed 14 runs over 8 2-3 innings his last two starts, after
allowing five runs over 15 2-3 the previous three.

Game notes
Red Sox SS Nomar Garciaparra didn't play a night after
getting hit on the left elbow by a pitch, but team officials said
he was fine and just got the night off. ... Jackson, who started at
short, hit his first homer in 254 at-bats, the last coming May 27,
2002. ... Ramon Nivar made his major league debut for Texas,
playing center field in the ninth.