ARLINGTON, TEX., JULY 19 -- Don Mattingly missed out tonight in his attempt to break a 31-year-old major league record and become the first player to hit a home run in nine consecutive games.

While the Texas Rangers set club single-game records for hits (22) and runs in a 20-3 rout of New York, the Yankees first baseman went two for four against starter Greg Harris and reliever Jeff Russell, hitting a single, a bloop double, grounding out and lining out.

"I'm really not disappointed it's over," Mattingly said. "Actually, it was going to be over after tonight anyway -- one way or the other. I was either going to set the record by myself or it was going to end. You know, 11 {actually 10} home runs in eight days isn't that bad."

Mattingly had tied Dale Long's record here Saturday night when he homered for the eighth game in succession. During the streak, Mattingly had 10 home runs and 21 runs batted in.

In the first inning tonight, Mattingly grounded to first base. In the third, he singled to left-center on an 0-2 pitch. Again on an 0-2 pitch in the fifth, Mattingly lined out to first baseman Mike Stanley.

In his final at-bat in the eighth against Russell, he doubled to left. He was given a warm ovation by the 30,875 at Arlington Stadium.

Before the game Mattingly seemed uninterested in the record.

"It doesn't affect me," the left-hander, 26, said. "Perhaps someday, but right now I kind of found a niche. I felt good swinging the bat."

After tying the record Saturday night and saying he might intentionally try for the record, Mattingly reverted to his team concept.

"If I break the record, do we get two extra wins?" he asked rhetorically before the game.

On Friday he established an American League record when he homered in his seventh consecutive game. Six other American Leaguers had homered in six straight.

Mattingly is "a helluva guy. If you have to have your record broken, he's the type of guy you'd want to do it," said Long, a first baseman whose main claim to fame as a major leaguer was the eight homers he hit in eight games for the Pittsburgh Pirates May 19-28, 1956.

Long, now a field representative for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (the minors), played 10 years in all, ending with the 1963 Yankees.

"I wish him luck on Sunday, but at the same time I don't," Long had said. "I held the record myself for 31 years, now I'd like to go down in history as Mattingly and Long."

But Long wasn't well enough known to catch Mattingly's attention. Asked before Saturday night's game if he'd ever heard of the ex-Pirate, Cub, Senator and Yankee, he replied: "Nope. When did he play?"

Long gave his bat to the Hall of Fame as soon as the streak ended and it's still there. Mattingly says he won't turn over his bat until it breaks.

"And maybe not even then," he said.

Steve Buechele homered twice and Ruben Sierra had a homer and five RBI as Texas stole Mattingly's thunder tonight and, in the bargain, ruined left-hander Steve Trout's first start for New York since his acquisition from the Chicago Cubs. Trout, routed in an eight-run sixth inning, gave up nine hits and five runs in five-plus innings. Harris (4-8) checked the Yankees on five hits in seven innings.

In the eighth, Yankees catcher Rick Cerone removed his gear and relieved Pat Clements as the pitcher after the Rangers had scored three runs. Cerone retired Curtis Wilkerson and got Ruben Sierra on a run-scoring infield out. Rangers pitcher Bobby Witt then pinch-hit for slugger Pete Incaviglia. Cerone balked home Texas' 20th run before striking out Witt.