Chris Young, not Kevin Brown, resembled a poised veteran.

While the big rookie kept the Yankees off balance, Brown was hit hard from the very start. It took all of seven pitches for the home crowd to start booing him Friday night in New York, when the Texas Rangers beat up Brown and the Yankees 5-3.

Perplexing the Yankees with a 72 mph breaking ball on a chilly night, Young (2-1) prevented New York from extending a winning streak to three for the first time this season. A 6-foot-10 former All-Ivy basketball player at Princeton, Young allowed three runs or more in each of his three previous starts this year.

But New York's only run off the 25-year-old right-hander came on Hideki Matsui's RBI double in the fourth. Young gave up four hits in 5 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Francisco Cordero got two outs for his major league-leading eighth save. He gave up an RBI double to pinch-hitter Jorge Posada, then struck out Derek Jeter and retired Bernie Williams on an easy fly to end it.

Brown (0-2) gave up four runs in the first inning against his former team, yet still managed to lower his ERA from 9.00 to 8.25, which isn't even the highest among Yankees starters — Jaret Wright is at 10.05. Brown allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings, with New York's defense limiting the damage by turning two double plays.

DEVIL RAYS 5, RED SOX 4: At St. Petersburg, Fla. , Eduardo Perez led off the ninth inning with his seventh career pinch-hit homer, giving Tampa Bay a victory over Boston. The son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez connected on the first pitch from Alan Embree (0-1) after the World Series champions scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie the game against Danys Baez (3-0). Julio Lugo went 3-for-4 and had three RBIs for Tampa Bay, which was three outs from beating knuckleballer Tim Wakefield for the first time in six years when pinch-hitter Trot Nixon drew a leadoff walk and scored on Mark Bellhorn's double.

ORIOLES 13, BLUE JAYS 5: At Toronto, Jay Gibbons homered and drove in five runs, and Baltimore bounced back from consecutive shutout losses with a victory over Toronto. Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez also homered for the Orioles. Gibbons ended a 22-inning scoreless streak with a broken-bat RBI single in the second and made it 13-5 with a three-run shot off Vinnie Chulk in the ninth.

TIGERS 5, TWINS 4 (10): At Detroit, Ivan Rodriguez homered leading off the 10th inning to give Detroit a victory over Minnesota. Rodriguez lined a 2-1 pitch from Terry Mulholland (0-1) into the right-center stands to end Detroit's three-game losing skid and give the Tigers their first win in six one-run games this year. Troy Percival (1-1) got the win with two innings of relief despite blowing a save in the ninth when Justin Morneau homered to tie it. The Tigers are 0-for-6 in save situations this year.

WHITE SOX 8, ROYALS 2: At Kansas City, Mo., Freddy Garcia pitched seven strong innings, Juan Uribe had three hits and Chicago defeated Kansas City to stretch its winning streak to five games. Chicago's 13-4 record matches the best start in team history set in 1912, 1919 and 1935. The White Sox are 7-2 on the road, their best road start since the 1982 club also went 7-2. The White Sox have led in all 17 games, a franchise record to start the season. The 1901 team led in its first 16 games.