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Young helps Rangers edge Tigers

DETROIT (AP) -- The Texas Rangers were afraid that a seven-game
road trip might turn a slump into a disaster.

For one night at least, their worries were unfounded.

Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench homered, and Eric Young hit a
tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning to lead the struggling
Rangers to just their third win in 10 games, 5-4 over the Detroit
Tigers on Tuesday night.

"This game was important, because we didn't want this thing to
start gaining momentum," Teixeira said. "We needed to stop it as
soon as possible."

Frank Francisco (3-1) pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings in relief of
Kenny Rogers, who failed in an attempt to become the American
League's second 14-game winner. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect
ninth for his 32nd save in 34 tries.

"This is a good way to start a road trip," Texas manager Buck
Showalter said. "Everyone pitched well, and we got some big
hits."

With the game tied at 4 in the seventh, Gary Matthews Jr. led
off with a double, took third on Rod Barajas' sacrifice bunt and
came home with the go-ahead run on Young's single to right off Nate
Robertson (9-6). All three batters hit the first pitch.

"I feel like I let the team down," Robertson said. "We tie
the game up and I give it back in three pitches."

The Rangers led 4-1 going into the sixth, but Ivan Rodriguez
drew a one-out walk and took third on Dmitri Young's double. Carlos
Guillen's RBI single brought the Tigers within two, and after
Rondell White walked to load the bases, Marcus Thames singled to
tie it.

Detroit, though, never got another baserunner.

"People talk about that bullpen as being one of the best, and
now you know why," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "They
remind me of Minnesota in the way they can shut people down."

Teixeira, for one, wasn't surprised by Detroit's offensive
collapse because of the confidence the Rangers have in their
bullpen.

"Right now, we just assume that every time the bullpen is in
the game with the lead, we're going to win," he said.

Rogers allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3
innings. Since going to 12-2 on July 5, Rogers is 1-2 in his last
five starts.

"I feel good that we won," he said. "But as a starting
pitcher, you always want to win the game yourself."

Texas took a 3-0 lead in the third on Teixeira's 26th homer.
Young and Hank Blalock hit one-out singles and, one out later,
Teixeira hit a 2-2 pitch from Robertson into the left-field stands.

Detroit made it 3-1 in the bottom of the inning on Omar
Infante's RBI single, but the Rangers went up again by three on
Mench's homer in the fourth.

"We're just trying to get back into things a little bit,"
Mench said. "The pitching has been consistent, so we've got to get
the hitting going."

Robertson dropped to 0-2 in his last three starts, giving up
five runs in 6 2/3 innings.

"We sent Nate out for the seventh, because he's a warrior and
he deserved a chance to win the game," Trammell said. "It didn't
work, but that doesn't change my belief that's he will be a big
part of the team when we finally get this turned all the way
around."

Game notes
The Tigers purchased the contract of right-hander John
Ennis from Triple-A Toledo, and designated righty Danny Patterson
for assignment. Patterson, who joined the Tigers in 2000 as part of
the Juan Gonzalez trade that saw Cordero go to Texas, was 0-4 with
a 4.75 ERA in 37 games this season. ... Rangers shortstop Michael
Young was a late scratch from the lineup due to back stiffness.
He's day to day. The lineup shifts resulted in Eric Young starting
at shortstop for the first time in his career. ... RHP Chan Ho Park
is scheduled to make a rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Oklahoma
City. ... LHP Mike Bacsik will make his Rangers debut as
Wednesday's starter. His father, also named Mike, pitched for the
Rangers in 1975-77.