Yankees' Ramiro Pena hits a two-run single in the third...

Yankees' Ramiro Pena hits a two-run single in the third inning scoring Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. The New York Yankees vs. the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Photo by Kathy Kmonicek

Mark Teixeira hit his first home run of the season and Ramiro Pena delivered a key single while filling in for an ailing Derek Jeter, leading Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees over the Texas Rangers 5-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Pettitte (2-0) pitched four-hit ball for eight innings. The World Series champions won their fourth in a row, taking advantage of a wild Rich Harden (0-1) to hand Texas its fourth straight loss.

A notoriously slow starter, Teixeira hit a most-overdue homer.

He shared the AL lead last year at 39 with Tampa Bay’s Carlos Pena. Teixeira led off the third with a high-arching drive into the second deck in right field. He was hitting only .100 (4 for 40) this season when he connected.

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