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Juan Dominguez beats Yankees in first outing

AP , NEW YORKAP, NEW YORK

Alfonso Soriano, right, of the Rangers, slides past Jorge Posada of the Yankees on a double by Brad Fullmer during the fourth inning in New York, Saturday.

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Juan Dominguez shut down the New York Yankees for his first major league win, and Brad Fullmer homered and scored a career-high four runs in the Texas Rangers' 8-1 victory Saturday.

"He was outstanding. It was a big day for the young man," said Texas manager Buck Showalter. "We talked about where we are as an organization, and we wanted to expose him to this environment. He really responded."

Mark Teixeira also connected and drove in three runs as Texas teed off on Jon Lieber (4-3), handing the Yankees only their second loss in 12 games. New York had won four straight, all come-from-behind victories.

Fullmer homered leading off the second, then doubled, singled and walked to reach safely in his first four plate appearances. He knocked in two runs and is 9-for-15 (.600) with three homers lifetime against Lieber.

Dominguez (1-1), called up from Triple-A Oklahoma on May 29, allowed only Ruben Sierra's fifth-inning home run. Facing a lineup missing Derek Jeter, he pitched eight impressive innings, giving up five hits, striking out five and walking one. The rookie retired 11 in a row during one stretch.

"I don't think fear is ever going to be a factor with him," Showalter said. "He has a confidence. Today was a product of a lot of people in our system -- and Juan."

Athletics 4, Blue Jays 0

In Oakland, California, Tim Hudson pitched an eight-hitter to give Oakland a much-needed win over Toronto.

Scott Hatteberg hit a three-run homer in the third inning off Pat Hentgen (2-5) and Bobby Crosby added a solo shot in the fourth. That proved to be more than enough for Hudson (6-2), who improved to 69-2 in his career when getting at least four runs of support.

Mariners 4, White Sox 2

In Seattle, Bret Boone ended a 1-for-19 slump with a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth and Ryan Franklin pitched seven strong innings to help Seattle defeat Chicago.

Boone hit his ninth homer of the season off Scott Schoeneweis (5-3) after John Olerud walked with one out in the fifth. The 438-foot shot landed in the second deck in left field.

Franklin (3-4) won for the first time since May 7 and ended his two-game losing streak. He allowed two runs on six hits and three walks, and had four strikeouts.

Eddie Guardado pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his 10th save in 13 opportunities.

Red Sox 8, Royals 4

In Kansas City, Missouri, David Ortiz, Mark Bellhorn and Kevin Youkilis hit two-run home runs to help Boston down Kansas City to snap a four-game losing streak.

Curt Schilling (7-3) gave up a 445-foot home run to Mike Sweeney on his ninth pitch of the game and then shut out the Royals until Benito Santiago's sacrifice fly with one out in the seventh. Winning his third straight decision, Schilling gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings.

Darrell May (2-8) became the major's first eight game loser this season. He gave up all three Boston homers, putting him in the league lead with 17 home runs allowed.

Pinch-hitter Damion Easley hit a tying three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Alex Gonzalez had a two-out, RBI single in the eighth to give the Florida Marlins a 7-6 win over the New York Mets.

"I was just trying to get a good pitch to handle," Easley said. "It wasn't that complicated or more detailed than that. It's always exciting to give the team a boost off the bench. You've got one bullet and you don't want to waste it."

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