Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Laynce Nix had a pair of two-run homers and David Dellucci went 4-for-4 with four RBI, as the Rangers held off the New York Yankees, 9-7, in Alex Rodriguez' return to Texas.
Mark Teixeira added two hits and three runs scored for the Rangers, who won the opener of this three-game set at Ameriquest Field for their second straight victory.
Rodriguez ended 2-for-5, cracking a two-run homer in his first at-bat in his return to Arlington, as the Yankees fell to 2-2 during their current 12-game road trip.
"Anytime you hit a home run in your first at-bat it sets a tone for the game," said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, the reigning AL MVP, was traded to New York in the off-season for Alfonso Soriano, who went 2-for-5 against his former club.
Kevin Brown (5-1) failed to become the first Yankee to start a season 6-0 since 1987, dropping his first decision of the season against one of his former clubs. Brown lasted just 4 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits, striking out two and walking one.
Gary Sheffield and Jorge Posada each had three hits and an RBI for the Yankees, who suffered only their fourth loss in 12 contests.
Joaquin Benoit (2-1) got the win, yielding four runs on eight hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one in a game that saw a total of 29 hits.
After Enrique Wilson gave New York a 4-1 lead with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth, the Rangers took the lead for good in the home half of the inning. Brad Fullmer led off the frame with a double and moved to third on a Teixeira two-base hit. Dellucci then cleared the bases with a base-hit and later scored on Nix's homer that gave the Rangers a 5-4 cushion.
Texas added four more runs in the seventh. Dellucci cracked a two-run homer for a 7-4 lead and Nix smacked his second two-run blast of the game for the five-run lead.
The Yankees drew within two runs in the ninth. Derek Jeter worked a one-out walk, moved to second on Rodriguez's single and scored when Jason Giambi singled off the wall in right. Rodriguez then scored when Sheffield singled off closer Francisco Cordero, who had just come on for Jay Powell.
Posada followed with an RBI single to left, but Cordero struck out Hideki Matsui and Tony Clark to end the game for his 14th straight save of the season.
"That's nothing we didn't expect," said Cordero on the Yankees' rally. "But we got out of it, we got the win and that's all that matters."
Clark went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
New York jumped ahead 2-0 in the first courtesy of A-Rod's blast, but Texas drew within one in the second when Kevin Mench's fielder's choice scored Teixeira.
"It's big because we are starting off a series with a win," said Texas' Michael Young, who has taken over at shortstop for Rodriguez. "The bullpen did a great job tonight."