ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Michael Young broke out of a deep slump
with a game-ending RBI single, rookie Brandon Boggs hit a three-run
homer and the Texas Rangers rallied twice for a 5-4 victory over
the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
With the score 4-all, Ian Kinsler led off the ninth with a
double off Blaine Boyer (1-5). Chris Shelton popped out on a bunt
attempt before Young lined a single to right off Jeff Bennett.
Kinsler scored without a throw to the plate, and Young, 1-for-31
heading into the ninth, was mobbed on the field by his teammates.
Atlanta's Chipper Jones went 0-for-4 as his major league-leading
batting average fell below .400 for the first time since April 12.
He's hitting .394.
Rangers starter Scott Feldman gave up two runs and five hits in
seven innings, but Texas closer C.J. Wilson faltered for the second
Wilson was the losing pitcher in Atlanta's 5-2 victory on
Wednesday night when his two-base throwing error led to three
ninth-inning runs, and on Thursday Wilson allowed two runs and two
hits while getting just one out.
Wilson walked Mark Teixeira to lead off the ninth, and after
striking out Kelly Johnson, gave up a double to Greg Norton. Jeff
Francoeur followed with an infield single to drive in Teixeira.
Manager Ron Washington brought in Jamey Wright, who gave up a
sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Omar Infante to tie it at 4.
Wright (4-2) got two outs for the decision.
Atlanta took a 2-1 lead into the sixth before starter Charlie
Morton ran into trouble in his second big-league start, allowing a
bunt single to David Murphy and a walk to Marlon Byrd. Braves
manager Bobby Cox brought in Jeff Ridgway from the bullpen. Boggs,
an Atlanta-area resident and Georgia Tech product, pulled an 0-2
pitch into the left-field seats for his third homer.
Morton allowed three runs and five hits in five-plus innings,
striking out three and walking four.
The Rangers had lost four of their last six before Thursday's
victory that moved them back to .500 (37-37) and improved their
record to 8-15 in day games this season.
The Braves return to Atlanta for a six-game homestand after a
4-6 road trip. They opened the trip with a 7-21 road record, then
were swept by the Chicago Cubs in three games.
But Atlanta took two of three from the Los Angeles Angels, then
won a makeup game at Colorado before dropping two of three in
The Braves were trying to capture back-to-back road series for
the first time this season.
For the second straight game, Texas was without top hitter
Milton Bradley, shelved by a strained left quadriceps. Washington
said before the game he was "hopeful" Bradley and his .330
average would be back in the lineup for a weekend road series
against the Washington Nationals.
Notes: Atlanta stole two bases, giving Texas opponents 23 in a row
when Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the catcher. ... About 12 hours after
Wednesday night's loss, Wilson arrived in the Texas clubhouse with
his longish hair cut down into a Mohawk. "I had the excuse to do
it," Wilson said. "It's also a good time to do it, with the
100-degree weather. It's not the time to have long, glorious
locks." ...Texas 1B Hank Blalock is set to begin a three-game
rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma over the weekend. Blalock
is recovering from wrist surgery and he's also making the
transition from 3B. ...Cox gave regular C Brian McCann the day off,
starting Miller. ...Atlanta's Gregor Blanco had a 15-pitch at-bat
against Eddie Guardado in the eighth before being called out on