Reyes gets two hits but Mets tumble

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- When the Texas Rangers are hitting home
runs and Ugueth Urbina is on the mound at the end of the game, they
usually like the results.

On Tuesday night, it meant the end of Texas' nine-game losing

Rafael Palmeiro hit his 504th homer, one of four by the Rangers,
and Texas beat the New York Mets 9-7 to avoid its first 10-game
losing streak since 1995.

"Any way, any shape or form, we needed a win,'' said Michael Young, who had a two-run homer and a triple for the Rangers.
"Getting a win was big for us. I don't think the tension was
building. The tension was already built.''

Hank Blalock and rookie Mark Teixeira also homered for Texas,
which leads the majors with 100 homers through 62 games.

Palmeiro connected leading off the seventh inning against Pedro Feliciano to make it 9-4, tying Eddie Murray for 18th on the career
list -- one behind Sammy Sosa.

That came two innings after Teixeira's 441-drive to center off

"We kept tacking on runs and grinding, creating a margin of
error for our pitchers, which we needed,'' Rangers manager Buck
Showalter said.

After Vance Wilson hit a three-run homer off Jay Powell in the
eighth, Urbina took over. He got the last four outs for his
AL-leading 18th save in 20 chances.

"One of the rally calls we made was 'Let's get Oogie in the
game.' We feel safe when he's in,'' Young said. "When we get Oogie
in the game, we know we are in good shape.''

Urbina didn't let them down, throwing 17 of his 20 pitches for
strikes and allowing only a bunt single by Roger Cedeno in the

Texas' nine-game losing streak matched Detroit and San Diego for
the longest in the majors this year. The losses wrapped up a 2-10
road trip.

Blalock's homer in the fourth, his 11th of the season, put the
Rangers ahead 7-3 and chased Steve Trachsel (4-4). Young made it
5-2 with his homer in the third against the right-hander.

The Mets called up prized shortstop Jose Reyes to replace
injured Rey Sanchez. Reyes went 2-for-4 and scored twice in his
major league debut. He turns 20 on Wednesday, but became the first
teenager to play for New York since pitcher Dwight Gooden in 1984.

"I go to the plate and just try to put the ball in play, just
look for my pitch,'' Reyes said. "This is another great moment in
my life. I will send the ball (from his first hit) back home to my
mother and father in the Dominican.''

John Thomson (4-7) gave up three runs over six innings for just
his second win in eight starts since April. He struck out four in
his AL-high 14th start.

After Jason Phillips led off the fourth with his third homer,
Thomson retired nine of his last 10 batters before Aaron Fultz took
over to start the seventh.

Trachsel, 4-0 with a 3.08 ERA in his previous four starts on the
road, threw 91 pitches in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up seven runs --
six earned -- on four hits, three walks and a balk.

"If you pitch down in the zone, you can take the park out of
it,'' Trachsel said. "I didn't do that.''

The Rangers never trailed after an unearned run in the first.
Carl Everett hit a leadoff single, moved to second on the balk, to
third on a groundout and scored on Wilson's passed ball.

Reyes had a leadoff single in the third and scored on Cedeno's
double for the first New York run.

Young's triple led off the second before Einar Diaz's double and
an RBI single by Everett made it 3-0. An inning later, Palmeiro
singled and Young homered.

"Every time we scored, they keep coming back at us. We couldn't
stop them,'' Mets manager Art Howe said. "This park is the AL
version of Coors Field, some nights the ball just flies out of
here. We just gave up too many home runs.''

Game notes
Mets LHP John Franco came on in the seventh for his 1,002nd
appearance, tying Rich Gossage for seventh on the career list. ...
After their longest road trip of the season, the Rangers play 13 of
their next 16 games at home. ... Rangers CF Doug Glanville, put in
the lineup after Juan Gonzalez was scratched because of tenderness
in his right elbow, went 2-for-3 with a walk. Glanville was 1-for-9
in his other two starts since coming off a seven-week stay on the
disabled list because of a torn hamstring tendon.