The win gave the Yankees a 1/2 game lead over both Minnesota and the Chicago White Sox in the American League wild-card race.
Hank Blalock, who had three hits, smacked an RBI double and an RBI single; Michael Young hit a two-run single; Kevin Mench had two hits and three RBI; and Mark Teixeira had two runs and three hits for the Rangers (51-50), who have a four-game losing streak.
The loser was Akinori Otsuka (2-4).
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