Rangers make Yanks look all wet

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NEW YORK – Kevin Millwood pitched seven crisp innings, Mark Teixeira hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth and Texas beat the New York Yankees 4-2 Monday night on another rainy day at the ballpark for the Rangers.

Brad Wilkerson homered to begin the comeback from a two-run deficit, and Texas snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Yankees that dated to last season.

Michael Young and Hank Blalock each drove in a run for the Rangers, who had played only 51/2 innings since Wednesday because they were rained out twice in Boston over the weekend.

Mike Mussina delivered another fine outing for the Yankees, who have lost consecutive games and managed only three runs in 23 innings. Without injured sluggers Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui, New York has scored 12 runs in the last five games.

Millwood (4-3) retired his final 12 batters after Robinson Cano’s RBI single in the fourth. With play ready to resume after a 22-minute rain delay in the middle of the eighth, Millwood threw a few warmup pitches on the mound, then came out of the game.

White Sox 7, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS – Freddy Garcia won his sixth straight decision, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Scott Podsednik, Joe Crede and Chris Widger homered to help Chicago win despite resting three regulars. The White Sox lead the majors with a 25-12 record.

Unlike Sunday night’s win, in which they gave up seven runs in the first inning and later pulled a triple play to rally past the Twins, the White Sox never trailed this time.

Garcia (6-1) pitched 6 2-3 reliable innings, giving up three runs and seven hits, including a home run by Torii Hunter.

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Dodgers 5, Rockies 4

DENVER – Nomar Garciaparra singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh and Brett Tomko won for the first time at Coors Field when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Monday night.

Garciaparra extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI single off rookie Ramon Ramirez, who hadn’t given up a run in his first 15 1-3 innings covering 11 appearances but allowed three runs in just 1-3 of an inning.

Ramirez (2-1) replaced starter Josh Fogg to start the seventh and issued a leadoff walk to Tomko. Rafael Furcal followed with a single and one out later, Garciaparra singled to right and Tomko scored to break a 2-all tie when Hawpe’s throw pulled Danny Ardoin off the plate just enough to miss the tag.

Giants 10, Astros 1

HOUSTON – Barry Bonds said any kind of hit will do.

Then the San Francisco slugger made good on that statement, lining an RBI double to right in the third inning of the Giants’ 10-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night for his first hit in six games.

Yet Bonds’ streak without a home run reached seven games and he remained stuck at 713 in the tiny section of Texas listing 713 as its area code. He remained one homer shy of tying Babe Ruth for second place on the career list.

“This thing, it’s like chasing ghosts, you know?” Bonds said before the game. “Babe Ruth, I think he just kind of hovers over people a lot.”

Bonds went 1-for-3 with the double, a walk, a called strikeout and a popup before Jason Ellison replaced him in left field in the seventh.

Braves 11, Marlins 8

ATLANTA – Brian McCann homered and had a career-high five RBIs, Andruw Jones drove in four runs and the Atlanta Braves rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Florida Marlins 11-8.

The Marlins lost despite getting six RBIs from Mike Jacobs, ruining a modest two-game winning streak that equaled the best run of a dismal season.

Atlanta stormed ahead with six runs in the sixth.

, Florida rallied to tie it at 8 and the Braves won it with three more runs in the seventh. Amazingly, they scored all 11 runs with two-out hits.

McCann and Jones were in the middle of every big inning for the Braves. They each had run-scoring singles in the fifth, sparking the comeback. In the sixth, Jones had a two-run single that tied it at 5, and McCann followed with a towering three-run homer into the Braves’ bullpen.

The Braves tied their season high with 18 hits. Five Florida hurlers combined to throw a staggering 206 pitches.

McCann is a second-year catcher having a huge season. He went 3-for-5, raising his average to .352.

In a fitting footnote to a wild game, Oscar Villareal (5-0) picked up the win despite giving up a three-run homer to Jacobs in the seventh. Chris Reitsma worked a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.

Atlanta responded with three runs of its own in the bottom half. Jones and McCann each had RBI singles, and Jeff Francoeur tacked on the final run with one of his own.

Randy Messenger (0-2) took the loss, giving up a leadoff double to Adam LaRoche in the seventh.

Mussina reeled off his ninth straight solid start to begin the season. Looking to become the first seven-game winner in the majors, he yielded two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking one. He had won five consecutive starts.

But he failed to hold a 2-0 lead, and the Yankees couldn’t muster any more against Millwood.

Bubba Crosby’s two-out RBI single put the Yankees ahead in the second. Alex Rodriguez doubled leading off the fourth, and Cano followed with a run-scoring single for a 2-0 lead.

Wilkerson connected to start the fifth. Crosby made a leaping, tumbling catch of Young’s sacrifice fly on the right-field warning track, possibly preventing a much bigger inning.

Notes: Yankees reliever Tanyon Sturtze, on the 15-day disabled list, had an MRI that showed a small rotator cuff tear and bursitis of the right shoulder. He will be sent to see Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., for a second opinion. … Matthews has hit safely in his past 13 starts. He also made a diving catch in right-center to rob Derek Jeter of extra bases in the first. … Mussina walked Wilkerson to start the seventh, the right-hander’s first leadoff walk this year. … Yankees slugger Jason Giambi snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a first-inning single off the right-field fence.

AP-ES-05-15-06 2219EDT

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