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Rangers hand White Sox first losing month of season

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Michael Young put the Texas Rangers ahead to stay while setting another home run mark on the same swing.

With his two-run drive off Orlando Hernandez in the sixth inning Wednesday, Young joined the rest of the Rangers starting infielders with at least 20 homers -- the second season in a row that group has accomplished that feat.

That was among five home runs hit by the Rangers in their 9-2 victory over the White Sox, which finished their first losing month this season.

"We know we're responsible for a lot our team's offense, and that's something that we take seriously," Young said of the infield. "We take a lot of pride in being productive and helping the team win."

Young's 20th homer came after leadoff hitter David Dellucci was hit by a pitch. It put the Rangers ahead 3-2.

First baseman Mark Teixeira (34 homers) then walked and scored on a single by third baseman Hank Blalock (23 homers) before second baseman Alfonso Soriano hit his 32nd homer. That chased Hernandez (8-7), who lost his fourth straight decision, matching his career high.

The only other team's infield with four 20-homer hitters was the 1940 Red Sox, a group that included Hall of Famers Jimmie Foxx, Joe Cronin and Bobby Doerr.

Dellucci, Adrian Gonzalez and Rod Barajas also homered for the Rangers, who lead the majors with 218. Texas is on pace for 266 homers, two more than the major-league record set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

"I look at stats just like you do. It's about run production and run reduction with defense and pitching," manager Buck Showalter said. "You let them go with what their abilities are. You are not going to flash a lot of take signs."

The Rangers have six players with at least 20 homers, matching the team record. They are the 14th team in major league history to reach that mark.

The White Sox lost three of four in Texas, including the makeup of a game rained out in May, to finish August at 12-16. They still have the best record in the AL at 80-51, and started the day with a seven-game lead over second-place Cleveland in the AL Central.

"We shouldn't be thinking about the playoffs. We should be thinking about winning the division and getting back to playing solid baseball," designated hitter Paul Konerko said. "It's definitely disappointing. ... We've got to figure out how to get back on track. We're figuring out ways to lose right now."

Chicago plays 10 of its next 11 games at home, starting Thursday against Detroit. The road game is a makeup at Boston that takes away what was supposed to be the only off day during the stretch.

"Hopefully, we'll play the last month the way we started the season," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "A lot of teams go through this."

Kameron Loe (7-4) pitched six innings in just his second start of the season, five days after five shutout innings against Minnesota. He gave up two runs and four hits.

Dellucci had a leadoff homer in the first, his 23rd. Young doubled after that, but Hernandez retired 15 of 16 batters before hitting Dellucci to start the sixth. Four batters later, El Duque was out of the game.

"That's the most life I've seen in El Duque's fastball, but he seemed to lose it after 100 pitches," Barajas said.

"I made a lot of mistakes in the sixth. It was no good," Hernandez said. "I don't understand. I had control of the game. I'm only human, but I made a lot of mistakes. They've got good hitters and every hit was off my mistakes."

Hernandez allowed six runs and six hits, with six strikeouts. The right-hander is 1-5 with a 4.97 ERA in eight starts since returning July 18 from his second stint on the disabled list.

Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Luis Vizcaino, and Barajas homered later in the inning

Chicago led 2-1 after Konerko had an RBI double in the sixth.

Notes

  • Young had three hits and has an 11-game hitting streak, raising his average to .325, a point better than Boston's Johnny Damon, who started the day as the AL leader. Young has hit .378 (17-for-45) during the streak.
  • RHP Scott Feldman made his major league debut by pitching the ninth for Texas. He was recalled from Double-A Frisco earlier Wednesday.
  • The Rangers traded infielder Manny Alexander, who was at Triple-A Oklahoma, to San Diego for RHP Juan Jimenez.
 
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Players of the Game
Texas

M. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Texas

A. Soriano
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Chicago White Sox
Timo Perez, LF3000012 .225
Pablo Ozuna, 3B4011000 .293
A.J. Pierzynski, C4100002 .263
Paul Konerko, DH3011110 .271
Aaron Rowand, CF4000011 .278
Jermaine Dye, RF4000021 .271
Geoff Blum, 1B4000001 .233
Juan Uribe, SS3120010 .242
Willie Harris, 2B3020000 .227
Totals32262167 
Batting
2B - Paul Konerko (18, Loe)
SH - Timo Perez (3)
RBI - Pablo Ozuna (8), Paul Konerko (82)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (27)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Hernandez (L,8-7) 5666163 4.92
Cliff Politte 1000020 2.13
Damaso Marte 1100110 3.07
Luis Vizcaino 1333012 3.84
HBP - Dellucci (by Orlando Hernandez)
WP - Orlando Hernandez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 103-69, Cliff Politte 14-10, Damaso Marte 17-10, Luis Vizcaino 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 4-5, Cliff Politte 1-0, Damaso Marte 1-1, Luis Vizcaino 2-0
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 23, Cliff Politte 3, Damaso Marte 5, Luis Vizcaino 6
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, LF4211020 .256
Michael Young, SS4132010 .325
Mark Teixeira, 1B2100221 .287
Hank Blalock, 3B4111003 .272
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4222021 .281
    Mark DeRosa, 2B0000000 .240
Kevin Mench, RF4010011 .276
Adrian Gonzalez, DH4112000 .218
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4000011 .260
Rod Barajas, C4111011 .253
Totals3491092108 
Batting
2B - Michael Young (31, Hernandez), Alfonso Soriano (34, Vizcaino)
HR - David Dellucci (23, Hernandez), Michael Young (20, Hernandez), Alfonso Soriano (32, Hernandez), Adrian Gonzalez (4, Vizcaino), Rod Barajas (14, Vizcaino)
RBI - David Dellucci (51), Michael Young 2 (75), Hank Blalock (78), Alfonso Soriano 2 (90), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (11), Rod Barajas (45)
2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (19)
Team LOB - 4
Texas Rangers
Kameron Loe (W,7-4) 6422130 3.67
Doug Brocail 2200010 4.69
Scott Feldman 1000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 87-57, Doug Brocail 41-29, Scott Feldman 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 10-5, Doug Brocail 3-2
Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 23, Doug Brocail 8, Scott Feldman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23493
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Gerry Davis