ARLINGTON, Texas -- If Friday night was any indication, the Texas Rangers can't wait for the return of hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.
Jaramillo, who is recovering from prostate cancer, visited the Texas clubhouse before the game.
The Rangers responded with a season-high in runs and hits to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 13-7.
"You talk about therapy for him." Texas manager Buck Showalter said of Jarmaillo. "It's therapy for us to see someone who's a big part of the Rangers family in our clubhouse."
Young had five hits with a career-high five RBI and Mench hit a grand slam.
Mench capped a five-run first for the Rangers with his first home run of the season and second career grand slam. He also knocked in five runs to match a career high.
Young broke a 6-all tie with a three-run double in the third and added a two-run double in the fourth. He equaled a career-high by going 5-for-5 and was on deck as the final out was recorded in the eighth.
Jaramillo said before the game he could be back by May 12, and Young said he can't return soon enough.
"He's such a big part of our club," Young said. "He's our hitting coach but he's also a good friend to a lot of us."
"Seth didn't make his pitches at all," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He couldn't put it where he wanted. He's got a lot to learn about pitching yet."
The Rangers loaded the bases in each of the first five innings and they capitalized in the first, third and fourth.
After Phil Nevin's RBI single, Mench cleared the bases with his homer off McClung.
Mench's other grand slam came June 11, 2005, against the Florida Marlins. He has driven in seven runs over the past two games.
Mench didn't have an RBI in Texas' first 15 games. He was quick to downplay Texas' outburst Friday.
"It's only one game," Mench said. "We have yet to put something consistent together. With an offense like this we know what we're capable of doing."
Young's third double of the game -- another career-high -- came in the fourth with the bases full to put Texas on top 13-6.
It was Wigginton's sixth homer in his last 10 games.
"I've got to be able to hold a lead like that." McClung said. "I feel bad for my teammates."
Nevin led off the fourth with his fifth homer of the season and Mench followed with an RBI double to put the Rangers ahead 11-6.
|Players of the Game|
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|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.273|
|Jorge Cantu, 2B||5||1||2||2||0||0||2||.283|
|Travis Lee, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||2||4||.213|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||3||1||0||1||2||2||0||.291|
|Russell Branyan, RF||3||1||1||1||1||2||2||.188|
|a- Nick Green, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.107|
|Ty Wigginton, 3B||5||1||2||2||0||2||2||.293|
|Josh Paul, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.286|
|Tomas Perez, SS||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.275|
|Joey Gathright, CF||2||1||1||0||0||1||3||.220|
|b- Damon Hollins, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.324|
|a-lined out for Branyan in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Gathright in the 8th|
|2B - Carl Crawford (2, Loe), Jorge Cantu (4, Loe), Ty Wigginton (3, Loe), Tomas Perez (3, Shouse)|
|HR - Russell Branyan (1, Loe), Ty Wigginton (7, Loe)|
|RBI - Carl Crawford (8), Jorge Cantu 2 (10), Jonny Gomes (17), Russell Branyan (7), Ty Wigginton 2 (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (5), Russell Branyan (1), Ty Wigginton (5)|
|SB - Joey Gathright (3, 2nd base off Loe/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - T. Perez-Cantu-Lee, T. Perez-Cantu-Lee|
|E - Ty Wigginton (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Seth McClung (L,1-3)||2.1||8||9||6||3||0||1||10.90|
|HBP - Wilkerson (by Scott Dunn), Matthews (by Scott Dunn)|
|WP - Scott Dunn (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 71-47, Scott Dunn 40-23, Jason Childers 17-11, Ruddy Lugo 44-27|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 4-3, Jason Childers 2-0, Ruddy Lugo 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Seth McClung 18, Scott Dunn 12, Jason Childers 5, Ruddy Lugo 11|
|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.257|
|Michael Young, SS||5||1||5||5||0||0||0||.394|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||3||1||0||0||2||2||4||.297|
|Phil Nevin, DH||5||2||2||2||0||1||1||.250|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||4||3||3||0||1||0||0||.323|
|Kevin Mench, RF||5||3||3||5||0||0||0||.313|
|Brad Wilkerson, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.191|
|Adrian Brown, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.294|
|Rod Barajas, C||5||1||1||1||0||0||3||.163|
|Drew Meyer, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||2||2||.400|
|2B - Michael Young 3 (10, McClung, Dunn, Dunn), Kevin Mench (5, Dunn)|
|HR - Phil Nevin (5, Dunn), Kevin Mench (1, McClung)|
|RBI - Michael Young 5 (12), Phil Nevin 2 (17), Kevin Mench 5 (7), Rod Barajas (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Young 5 (8)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|C.J. Wilson (W,1-0)||3||1||0||0||2||3||0||2.70|
|HBP - Gathright (by C.J. Wilson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 71-45, C.J. Wilson 44-23, Joaquin Benoit 19-11, Brian Shouse 16-11, Fabio Castro 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 4-2, C.J. Wilson 2-4, Brian Shouse 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 17, C.J. Wilson 13, Joaquin Benoit 4, Brian Shouse 5, Fabio Castro 3|
|Attendance - 25129|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Eric Cooper|