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Rangers tie club mark with eight HRs, hammer Halos 18-5

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kevin Mench and his Texas teammates went to their strength Thursday: the long ball.

Mench hit three homers and Mark Teixeira had two as Texas hit eight home runs in a game for the second time this season, leading the Rangers to an 18-5 rout of the Los Angeles Angels.

Alfonso Soriano, Hank Blalock and David Dellucci also connected for the Rangers, who matched their record for homers in a game.

"We were able to outslug them," Mench said.

During the game, Rangers owner Tom Hicks said Major League Baseball will decide whether to discipline Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers for an outburst Wednesday that sent a television cameraman to the hospital and prompted a police investigation. A decision could come Friday, and Hicks said a suspension was "probably likely."

"At this point there's nothing the Texas Rangers will or can do," Hicks said. "We will support whatever the commissioner decides."

Texas split the four-game series after losing the first two games by a combined score of 18-4. The Rangers trail the Angels by 6½ games in the AL West.

"I'm happy with how these guys responded," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "They are one of the best teams in baseball. To beat them, we had to be firing on all cylinders."

Mench hit a solo homer in the fifth inning against Joel Peralta and two-run homers in the sixth and seventh off Jake Woods. It was his fifth multihomer game, his second this season.

"It was a combination of things," Mench said. "It was a hot day, there was a breeze, but we also put together some good at-bats."

Teixeira took over the AL lead in homers with 22, two ahead of teammate Alfonso Soriano, who homered leading off the third inning, and the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. Teixeira hit two-run homers in the second and fifth innings. He has eight multihomer games, half of them this year.

Texas also hit eight homers on May 21 in an 18-3 win over the Houston Astros and have a major-league leading 128 home runs this season.

"We're glad to be back in the race," Mench said. "We know it's going to be a dogfight all the way. I think it's going to come down to the last day."

Chris Young (8-4) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings, struck out seven and walked one. Rookie Ervin Santana (2-3) gave up seven runs and seven hits in four innings.

Los Angeles went ahead in the first when Chone Figgins led off with a double and Maicer Izturis followed with a drive to right field that replays showed bounced off the top of the fence and off the back wall for what should have been a home run. First base umpire Tim Welke ruled the ball in play and Izturis ended up with a double that advanced Figgins to third.

After Angels manager Mike Scioscia argued in vain, Juan Rivera hit an RBI single, but Young stranded the bases loaded when he struck out Robb Quinlan.

"A lot of games are won or lost in the first inning," Teixeira said. "If you give up seven, eight runs in the first, the game could have been over, so getting out of that inning giving up only one run was huge."

Scioscia said right fielder Gary Matthews Jr. might have blocked Welke's view of the play.

"It's a tough call," Scioscia said. "I don't know if Matthews was in the umpire's way, but it looked like it hit something behind the yellow line."

Dellucci's homer tied the score in the bottom half and Texas went ahead 6-1 in the second on RBI doubles by Sandy Alomar Jr. and Matthews, Dellucci's run-scoring single and Teixeira's first homer.

Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson had back-to-back homers in the third. Guerrero has hit safely in 31 straight games against the Rangers, the longest streak against one team since Paul Molitor hit in 32 consecutive games against the Chicago White Sox from 1993-96.

Scioscia's pitching staff kept the Rangers' lineup in check over the first two games, allowing only four runs. But a shaky outing by Santana in his sixth career start left the Angels in a deep early hole.

"If you can pitch well, you can control them," Scioscia said. "But we made a lot of mistakes because of our inexperience and the Rangers took advantage."

Notes

  • Rodriguez had the Rangers' previous three-homer game in 2002.
  • The Angels have scored at least one run in the first inning of their last seven games against the Rangers. Texas has been outscored 19-2 in the first during that span.
  • Soriano has at least 20 homers for the fourth straight season, becoming the fourth second baseman to reach the milestone.
  • Dellucci had his third leadoff homer this season.
 
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Mark Teixeira leads the AL with 22 homers, including two against the Angels.  (AP)
Mark Teixeira leads the AL with 22 homers, including two against the Angels. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

K. Mench
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 3
RBI 5
Texas

M. Teixeira
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5220002 .272
Maicer Izturis, SS5020002 .322
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4122022 .351
Garret Anderson, LF2111100 .308
    Josh Paul, C1000001 .138
Juan Rivera, RF4011011 .269
Jeff DaVanon, CF3100103 .240
Robb Quinlan, 1B-LF4000023 .159
Jose Molina, C-1B4011000 .236
Adam Kennedy, 2B4010020 .345
Totals3651052714 
Batting
2B - Chone Figgins 2 (13, C. Young, Brocail), Maicer Izturis (3, C. Young)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (14, C. Young), Garret Anderson (10, C. Young)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (44), Garret Anderson (59), Juan Rivera (20), Jose Molina (11)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (L,2-3) 4777443 6.06
Joel Peralta 1255302 3.68
Jake Woods 2666023 4.10
Esteban Yan 1000130 3.58
WP - Joel Peralta (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 96-58, Joel Peralta 40-19, Jake Woods 39-24, Esteban Yan 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 1-7, Joel Peralta 1-2, Jake Woods 2-2
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 23, Joel Peralta 8, Jake Woods 12, Esteban Yan 4
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, DH4322202 .261
Michael Young, SS6111022 .325
Mark Teixeira, 1B3224100 .291
   a- Mark DeRosa, PH-1B^2B1000011 .146
Hank Blalock, 3B4112121 .286
Alfonso Soriano, 2B5331012 .282
    Rod Barajas, 1B0000000 .260
Kevin Mench, LF4335100 .297
Laynce Nix, CF4210111 .244
Sandy Alomar Jr., C5111012 .296
Gary Matthews Jr., RF3211210 .241
Totals391815178911 
a-struck out for Teixeira in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (24, Woods), Sandy Alomar Jr. (2, Santana), Gary Matthews Jr. (6, Santana)
HR - David Dellucci (13, Santana), Mark Teixeira 2 (22, Santana, Peralta), Hank Blalock (15, Woods), Alfonso Soriano (20, Santana), Kevin Mench 3 (15, Peralta, Woods, Woods)
RBI - David Dellucci 2 (29), Michael Young (40), Mark Teixeira 4 (64), Hank Blalock 2 (48), Alfonso Soriano (50), Kevin Mench 5 (42), Sandy Alomar Jr. (11), Gary Matthews Jr. (14)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira 4 (35), Hank Blalock 2 (15), Kevin Mench 2 (18)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Young-DeRosa
Texas Rangers
Chris Young (W,8-4) 5533172 3.33
Juan Dominguez 2000000 1.80
Doug Brocail 1311000 5.24
Ron Mahay 1211100 8.06
IBB - G. Anderson by Chris Young
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 98-63, Juan Dominguez 16-10, Doug Brocail 6-6, Ron Mahay 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-5, Juan Dominguez 5-1, Doug Brocail 2-0, Ron Mahay 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Young 21, Juan Dominguez 6, Doug Brocail 5, Ron Mahay 6
Game Information
Attendance - 27466
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 97
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Ed Hickox