|Chi. White Sox||4||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||6||7||0|
CHICAGO -- Kevin Mench homered early and homered late.
Mench also homered in the first inning as the Rangers won for the ninth time in 13 games and sent the White Sox to their third loss in a row, matching a season high.
"The last one was right over the plate, so I took it the best way I could, and I fortunately hit it out," Mench said. "It was just one of those nights."
Slowed earlier this season after twice being hit on the left elbow with pitches, Mench has homered three times in the last two games and has six for the season.
"He started it and he finished it," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "When he collides with the ball, it jumps. He's a strong young man."
Nick Regilio (1-1) got his first major-league win despite allowing a tying home run to pinch-hitter Tadahito Iguchi in the eighth. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.
"We came back and tied it and gave us a chance to win," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Iguchi's been a good player all year long. Everything we've asked him to do, he does it."
But Texas drove out Orlando Hernandez after 2 2/3 innings. Hernandez, who has won four straight decisions, surrendered the first-inning solo homer to Mench.
"I remember facing him before in New York. He was just unhittable. We were fortunate tonight to get him out of there early," Mench said.
Hernandez struggled with his control, giving up six runs, seven hits and four walks.
"It's a bad day for me," Hernandez said. "They were swinging, and everybody hit it."
Texas regained the lead with a three-run third as Mark Teixeira singled, Hank Blalock doubled him home and Alfonso Soriano hit an RBI single. After Hidalgo walked and Nix struck out, Rod Barajas came through with an RBI single that made it 6-4 and finished Hernandez.
Aaron Rowand's third hit, a two-out RBI double in the fifth, cut the lead to one off Park, who gave up five runs and six hits in six innings.
Chicago's clubhouse was silent after the game, devoid of the familiar postgame music.
"We've lost three before," Guillen said. "We've got to try to cut the losing streak as quickly as we can."
|Kevin Mench is locked in, hitting a second home run for the eventual game winner. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|David Dellucci, DH||1||0||1||1||3||0||0||.278|
|a- Chad Allen, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.289|
|Kevin Mench, LF||5||2||2||2||0||1||2||.294|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||2||0||.264|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||4||1||2||1||1||1||1||.278|
|Alfonso Soriano, 2B||5||1||1||1||0||2||3||.290|
|Richard Hidalgo, RF||2||1||1||0||2||0||1||.209|
|Laynce Nix, CF||4||1||1||1||0||1||4||.275|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.218|
|Mark DeRosa, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.063|
|a-struck out for Dellucci in the 9th|
|2B - Hank Blalock (11, Hernandez), Richard Hidalgo (4, Takatsu)|
|3B - Laynce Nix (1, Hernandez)|
|HR - Kevin Mench 2 (6, Hernandez, Marte)|
|RBI - David Dellucci (18), Kevin Mench 2 (15), Hank Blalock (20), Alfonso Soriano (26), Laynce Nix (11), Rod Barajas (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Dellucci (6), Rod Barajas (3)|
|SB - Alfonso Soriano (7, 2nd base off Hernandez/Pierzynski)|
|CS - David Dellucci (1, 2nd base by Hernandez/Pierzynski)|
|PK - David Dellucci (2, Hernandez)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - DeRosa-Soriano-Teixeira|
|Chan Ho Park||6||6||5||5||2||4||1||5.32|
|Brian Shouse (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.40|
|Nick Regilio (BS,2; W,1-1)||1||1||1||1||0||1||1||4.61|
|Francisco Cordero (S,13)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.32|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chan Ho Park 96-55, Brian Shouse 9-7, Nick Regilio 19-13, Francisco Cordero 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chan Ho Park 5-8, Brian Shouse 2-1, Nick Regilio 2-0, Francisco Cordero 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Chan Ho Park 25, Brian Shouse 3, Nick Regilio 4, Francisco Cordero 3|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.277|
|Willie Harris, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.289|
|a- Tadahito Iguchi, PH-2B||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.313|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.272|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||2||2||.194|
|Carl Everett, DH||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.264|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||1||1||4||0||0||0||.260|
|Joe Crede, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.262|
|Timo Perez, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|b- Pablo Ozuna, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|c- Jermaine Dye, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.198|
|Juan Uribe, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|a-homered for Harris in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Perez in the 7th|
|c-grounded out for Ozuna in the 9th|
|2B - Aaron Rowand (7, Park)|
|HR - Tadahito Iguchi (3, Regilio), A.J. Pierzynski (5, Park)|
|RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (19), Aaron Rowand (14), A.J. Pierzynski 4 (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand (5), A.J. Pierzynski 4 (8)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|DP - Pierzynski|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Damaso Marte (L,2-3)||1||2||1||1||0||2||1||2.40|
|Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 70-38, Luis Vizcaino 34-24, Cliff Politte 31-21, Shingo Takatsu 20-12, Damaso Marte 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 2-2, Luis Vizcaino 2-1, Cliff Politte 2-0, Shingo Takatsu 1-2, Damaso Marte 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 17, Luis Vizcaino 8, Cliff Politte 7, Shingo Takatsu 4, Damaso Marte 5|
|Attendance - 26889|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 51|
|Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Brian Gorman|