ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Mark Teixeira did what any good hitter does when a pitcher makes a mistake: he homered.
Blue Jays starter Miguel Batista allowed just two hits to Brad Fullmer over the first seven innings—a single in the fourth and two-out homer in the seventh, but AL West-leading Texas rallied for its fifth comeback win of the season when trailing after seven innings and fourth straight win overall.
“You never give up when you have nine innings to play,” said Teixeira, who has homered in four consecutive games. “Once I hit it I knew it was gone. Batista was carving us up but to be able to come back in a game like that is a lot of fun.”
The Rangers pulled to 5-2 in the eighth when Gary Matthews Jr. walked, went to third on Rod Barajas’ double and scored on Laynce Nix’s grounder. Nix was safe at first on Carlos Delgado’s fielding error. Michael Young made it 5-3 with an RBI double to chase Batista.
“I had good stuff but I made two stupid mistakes that cost us the game— the walk to Matthews and the double to Barajas,” Batista said. “You take away those mistakes and we should be the guys celebrating now.”
Vinnie Chulk (0-1) retired the next two batters on flyballs, then issued a four-pitch walk to Fullmer to load the bases.
Teixeira followed with his second grand slam of the season and third of his career.
“I left a two-seamer up to Teixeira,” Chulk said. “The way he’s swinging the bat right now, you can’t do that.”
Fullmer was the only Ranger to have any offensive success heading into the eighth, so Teixeira wasn’t surprised when Chulk walked Fullmer on four pitches.
“I had a feeling they’d pitch around him and take their chances with me,” Teixeira said. “I had a good feeling coming up to the plate and that’s why I swung at the first pitch.”
Doug Brocail (1-1) allowed one hit over 1 1-3 innings and struck out three to earn his first major league victory since July 23, 2000, for Detroit.
Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 28th save in 30 chances.
Alex Rois had a career-high four hits for Toronto.
Batista allowed five runs and four hits over seven-plus innings. He struck out four and walked two.
Rangers starter Kenny Rogers allowed five runs and 12 hits over 6 2-3 innings. Rogers, who slightly strained his right hamstring almost two weeks ago, gave up eight runs and nine hits in 1 2-3 innings to Boston in his previous start on July 10.
Rogers was chosen for the AL All-Star team but didn’t pitch in the game, then the Rangers gave him two extra days off after the break.
The Blue Jays went ahead 3-0 in the fourth on consecutive doubles by Gregg Zaun and Rios, then stretched their advantage to 4-0 in the fifth on Delgado’s RBI single.
Vernon Wells added an RBI single in the seventh to make it 5-0 before Fullmer ended Batista’s bid for his fourth career shutout with the solo homer in the seventh.
Asked where he ranked Sunday night’s defeat in this season full of disappointments, Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said, “I think it’s pretty near the top of the list. We controlled the game entirely for seven innings and then lost.”
Rogers allowed a career-high six doubles, matching the Rangers record for doubles given up in a game. … Terry Craft was scheduled to be the home plate umpire but he missed the game due to an unspecified illness. Mike DiMuro took over behind the plate in a three-man crew with Joe West and Paul Emmel. … Hinske extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games, one short of the team’s season high held by Wells. … Rangers RHP Chan Ho Park allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings in a rehab start for Double-A Frisco. Park has been on the DL since May 26 with a strained lower back and his rehab assignment runs out this week.