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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rookie pitcher Chris Young has become a much-needed streak buster for the slumping Texas Rangers.

Young, who got the only victory on Texas' just-completed 13-game road trip, limited Seattle to one run over five innings in a 6-4 victory Tuesday night that started the Rangers' 10-game homestand. Young won his third straight decision over four starts.

The Rangers had lost four straight games since Young's eight scoreless innings last Wednesday against Cleveland snapped the Rangers' season-worst eight-game losing streak.

Ichiro Suzuki homered on the second pitch of the game, but that was the only run allowed by Young (11-7). The right-hander gave up three more hits and struck out six.

"I struggled a little bit the first inning, and after that found my rhythm and felt pretty good the next four innings," Young said.

"He gives up a leadoff home run, then he settles in," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "With Chris going out and putting up zeros after the first inning, it gave us the comfort zone to take it to them a little bit."

Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench hit solo homers for Texas.

Teixeira's 32nd homer in the seventh was his 99th RBI and gave the Rangers a 5-3 lead. The Rangers were ahead to stay after Mench's 21st homer in the fourth made it 2-1.

After the 1-12 trip that was the worst in team history, the Rangers are trying to stay out of last place in the AL West for the fourth time in five seasons. Texas (58-66) is five games ahead of the last-place Mariners.

"We had a lot of losses on that road trip but the effort is always there," shortstop Michael Young said. "It feels good to get back home."

Francisco Cordero got the final five outs for his 28th save. Cordero took over after Brian Shouse retired the only batter he faced on a comebacker with two runners on and a run already in for Seattle in the eighth.

Chris Young left after throwing 100 pitches on a night when the temperature was in the upper 90s. Suzuki drew a walk on the 15th pitch of his at-bat with two outs in the fifth.

"The at-bat by Ichiro kind of ran my pitch count up, or else I think I could have probably gone out for another inning," Young said.

"Ichiro got him out of the game almost by himself," Showalter said.

Mench went 3-for-4, also scoring one of the two Texas runs in the sixth that chased Jamie Moyer (10-5).

"I made some pitches when I needed to, but not enough," said Moyer, who was 14-5 in 33 career appearance against Texas before Tuesday night. "I didn't have good location down and away. I was missing early in the count and then had to pitch to the bigger part of the plate."

The 42-year-old left-hander allowed four runs and 10 hits, matching a season high.

Alfonso Soriano and Mench had singles to start the sixth before Phil Nevin snapped a 4-for-36 slump with a two-run double into the right-center field gap. That was the last batter Moyer faced.

Mench is 7-for-9 with three walks over the last three games. He is among five players with at least 20 homers for the Rangers, who lead the majors with 205.

Suzuki's homer was his 12th this season, his fourth leadoff homer -- the 16th of his career.

Adrian Beltre had a leadoff double in the seventh and scored on a double by Greg Dobbs, who came home on a throwing error by shortstop Michael Young. Beltre added an RBI double in the eighth to get the Mariners within 5-4 before Shouse retired Jeremy Reed and Cordero struck out consecutive batters.

"If we had scored those two runs, I think it would have been far different," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said.

Michael Young had two hits, increasing his AL-leading total to 167. He is hitting .322, second in the AL to Boston's Johnny Damon (.331).

Notes

The Mariners (53-71) are 18 games below .500, matching a season worst. They have lost 13 of 21. ... Suzuki was then thrown out trying to steal second after his fifth-inning walk. He finished 2-for-4, his 327th career multihit game, 47th this season. ... Rangers cleanup hitter Hank Blalock was 0-for-4. He is 6-for-45 (.133) over the past 11 games with no extra-base hits or RBI.

 
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