Yankees Grab Win, Series

Mike Mussina went 7.1 strong innings Thursday afternoon as the Yankees defeated Texas, 7-5. Texas starter Joaquín Benoit lasted just an inning and two thirds as the Yankees won their AL-best 69th game of the season.

Mussina (12-6) got down early, but never lost his focus. Rafael Palmeiro hit a three-run homer right out of the gates for the Rangers in the first for a 3-0 Texas lead.

It didn't take long for the Yankees to respond.

Second baseman Enrique Wilson, starting in place of superstar Alfonso Soriano today, hit a second inning grand slam to cap off a four-run inning by the Yankees. It was just his second homerun this season.

The Yankees wouldn't hold the lead long, however.

In the top of the third, Alex Rodriguez hit his 30th homerun of the season to tie the game at 4-4.

In the seventh, the Yankees would find a way to break that 4-4 tie when Jorge Posada singled to right, scoring Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter. Hideki Matsui's sacrifice fly gave the Yankees an insurance run and made the score 7-4 in New York's favor.

Mariano Rivera recorded his 22nd save, but yielded a run on Ramon Nivar's ninth inning single to score former Yankee Shane Spencer.

The Yankees begin a three-game weekend series with Seattle beginning Friday.

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