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Mench's second homer breaks tie in ninth, lifts Rangers over ChiSox

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CHICAGO -- Kevin Mench homered early and homered late.

"It felt like the game took forever," Mench said after his solo drive in the ninth inning off Damaso Marte (2-3) gave the Texas Rangers a 7-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

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."

A.J. Pierzynski's fourth career grand slam followed a single and two walks in the first inning, giving Chicago a 4-1 lead against Chan Ho Park.

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."

Laynce Nix hit an RBI triple in the second following a walk to Richard Hidalgo, then scored on David Dellucci's two-out RBI single to make it 4-3.

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."

Notes

  • Mench has four career multihomer games. His previous one came Sept. 10 against the Blue Jays.
  • Showalter returned after missing Sunday's game at Minnesota to attend the high school graduation of his daughter.
  • Rangers SS Michael Young was out of the lineup with a sore back, a condition that had forced him out in the fourth inning Sunday against the Twins. Mark DeRosa replaced him.
  • Dellucci, who entered leading the AL in walks, added three more, giving him 35. He also reached on a single but never made it to second base all night. He was thrown out stealing, picked off first, called out as he tried to steal second when Mench interfered at the plate as Pierzynski was throwing to the base and then forced out on a grounder. Dellucci now has four three-walk games this season.
  • Jermaine Dye and Iguchi were out of Chicago's starting lineup, replaced by Timo Perez and Willie Harris. Dye pinch hit in the ninth.
  • The temperature at game time was 51 degrees with a 12-mph wind.
  • Hernandez's outing was his shortest since going just two innings against the Blue Jays last July 27 while with the Yankees. He left that game with a tight hamstring.
 
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Kevin Mench is locked in, hitting a second home run for the eventual game winner.  (AP)
Kevin Mench is locked in, hitting a second home run for the eventual game winner. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

K. Mench
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, DH1011300 .278
   a- Chad Allen, PH-DH1000010 .289
Kevin Mench, LF5222012 .294
Mark Teixeira, 1B5120020 .264
Hank Blalock, 3B4121111 .278
Alfonso Soriano, 2B5111023 .290
Richard Hidalgo, RF2110201 .209
Laynce Nix, CF4111014 .275
Rod Barajas, C4011012 .218
Mark DeRosa, SS4000024 .063
Totals35711761117 
a-struck out for Dellucci in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - DeRosa-Soriano-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
Chan Ho Park 6655241 5.32
Brian Shouse (H,3) 1000000 2.40
Nick Regilio (BS,2; W,1-1) 1111011 4.61
Francisco Cordero (S,13) 1000000 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, LF4110010 .277
Willie Harris, 2B3010001 .289
   a- Tadahito Iguchi, PH-2B1111000 .313
Aaron Rowand, CF4131000 .272
Paul Konerko, 1B3100122 .194
Carl Everett, DH3100111 .264
A.J. Pierzynski, C4114000 .260
Joe Crede, 3B4000010 .262
Timo Perez, RF2000000 .188
   b- Pablo Ozuna, PH-RF1000000 .269
   c- Jermaine Dye, PH1000000 .198
Juan Uribe, SS3000000 .268
Totals33676254 
a-homered for Harris in the 8th
b-grounded out for Perez in the 7th
c-grounded out for Ozuna in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Pierzynski
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Hernandez 2.2766421 3.91
Luis Vizcaino 2.1100130 6.41
Cliff Politte 2000140 1.17
Shingo Takatsu 1100000 5.56
Damaso Marte (L,2-3) 1211021 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
Game Information
Attendance - 26889
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Brian Gorman