After Tampa Bay pinch hitter
tied the game, 7-7, with an RBI single in the top of the seventh, Sierra gave Texas the lead for good with a two-out RBI single against
"Colome was trying to get me out with his best pitch, a fastball, and I tried to be ready for it," Sierra said. "I have to be looking for it. The guy throws 98."
The 37-year-old Sierra has hit in five straight games, but had not recorded more than one hit in a game since getting six hits in his last 13 April at-bats.
Teixeira went 2-for-5 to snap a 1-for-11 skid, recording his second triple of the season.
"It just feels good to hit with men on base," Teixeira said. "It makes a big difference to get at-bats and my confidence can grow."
(2-4), who gave up Tyner's hit but escaped further trouble in the seventh, pitched into and out of a jam in the eighth before
came on to record his American League-leading 14th save.
scored first, getting on the board in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by
, but that run was unlikely to hold up in a matchup of starters who entered the game with ERAs over 9.00.
Indeed, Texas scored five runs in the bottom of the third to knock out starter
, a rally highlighted by Teixeira's two-run triple. In 2 1/3 innings, Parque allowed five runs and seven hits with a strikeout, raising his ERA to 11.94.
"I had a lot of bad luck out there tonight," Parque said. "I had everything working. I have been working hard on my mechanics, but it was just one of those nights."
, who allowed Tampa Bay to tie the game on an RBI single by
in the fourth, allowed five runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"I said that after the first two starts, I took a lot of positives out of those," Benes said. "Tonight was no different."
Benes' ERA rose to 11.57, but because Teixeira hit a two-run homer off
in the bottom of the fourth, he left with a chance for his first win of the season - a chance the Texas bullpen squandered. Benes has not won more than two games in a season since notching nine victories in 1997. He has six wins since then.
had his first career triple in his 925th career at-bat. The hit in the third inning brought home Sierra with the Rangers' first run.
' second straight loss to the Rangers snapped a streak of three straight series wins.
"We lost this game because of inexperience,"
said. "It's not easy to swallow. You just hope that they learn from these games."
Tampa Bay fell to 4-4 on its season-long 12-game road trip.