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Rangers 10, Diamondbacks 7

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Michael Young needed a day off from the rigors of shortstop. The little extra rest he got at designated hitter worked out well for him and the Texas Rangers.

Young singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth and matched a career high with five hits, helping Texas beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-7 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Young made his first start of the season and the seventh of his career at DH. He raised his career average in the role to .484 (15-for-31).

"Every now and then I do enjoy (DHing) and this was the right time to get me off my feet," said Young, who had a two-run homer in the fourth and five hits for the third time in his career. "But it's different. I'm used to being in the field."

Young, who has made the All-Star team at shortstop the past two seasons, started at the position in the Rangers' first 69 games before getting a break on a humid, 90-degree afternoon.

"I've found myself a DH for the year," Rangers manager Buck Showalter joked.

Texas took a 7-6 lead into the eighth but Shawn Green's leadoff homer off Francisco Cordero tied it.

In the bottom half, the Rangers got back-to-back singles from Rod Barajas and Gary Matthews Jr. against Luis Vizcaino (2-3), and Young followed a flare to right for an RBI single.

Rather than try to hit the ball deep, Young went with the pitch.

"He takes the ego out of the at-bat," Showalter said. "He's able to settle in and not say, 'I've got my four hits, I'll go for a long ball."'

Arizona manager Bob Melvin thought Vizcaino made a good pitch to Young.

"I don't know how Young hit that pitch," Melvin said. "It was a slider, down and away, off the plate. It was the right location but he went down and got it."

Mark Teixeira added a two-run double in the eighth to extend Texas' lead to 10-7.

Cordero (6-4) allowed one run in one inning and Akinori Otsuka got three outs for his 13th save in 15 chances.

Vizcaino failed to register an out, giving up three runs and four hits.

Rookie Ian Kinsler hit a three-run triple in the first for the Rangers, who have won four of five.

Eric Byrnes and Orlando Hudson had back-to-back homers for the stumbling Diamondbacks, who've lost five in a row and 12 of 13.

Diamondbacks rookie starter Enrique Gonzalez allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings.

Arizona took a 2-0 lead in the first off Kameron Loe on Jeff DaVanon's RBI double and Luis Gonzalez's sacrifice fly.

Texas answered with five runs in the bottom half. Teixeira and Kevin Mench had RBI singles to go along with Kinsler's bases-loaded triple.

The Diamondbacks have been outscored in the first inning of their last 12 games, 25-4.

"This is one of those parks where you've got to keep grinding because there's going to be runs scored," Melvin said. "It's disappointing we couldn't hold 'em and make our runs hold up."

Consecutive homers from Byrnes and Hudson in the second cut it to 5-4.

When Arizona loaded the bases with one out in the third, Showalter pulled Loe and brought in rookie Fabio Castro, who got Green to bounce into a double play.

Loe allowed four runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings, his shortest outing in 24 career starts.

Loe has discomfort in his right elbow and could be headed to the disabled list. Loe hadn't disclosed the elbow pain to Showalter, who said he has asked his pitcher "100 times" whether he was hurting.

"I've never gone on the DL. I've never missed a start," Loe said. "I just want to win for this team so bad."

Notes: Mark DeRosa got his first start of the season at SS in place of Young. DeRosa also has starts at DH, 3B, 2B, LF and RF. ... Kinsler, back in the Texas lineup after missing Saturday night's game with a bruised left leg, had his first major league triple. ... Texas is 4-2 in interleague play this season. Arizona is 0-3. ... The Diamondbacks have lost seven straight on the road to AL teams. ... Young had the 31st five-hit game in Rangers history.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

M. Young
AB 5
R 3
H 5
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

E. Byrnes
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS5120013 .289
Jeff DaVanon, RF3111213 .285
Chad Tracy, 3B5000023 .272
Luis Gonzalez, LF2111100 .265
Tony Clark, 1B3110120 .187
Shawn Green, DH3111111 .305
Johnny Estrada, C4011000 .308
Eric Byrnes, CF3112010 .288
Orlando Hudson, 2B3111110 .259
Totals317976910 
Batting
2B - Jeff DaVanon (7, Loe)
HR - Shawn Green (7, Cordero), Eric Byrnes (11, Loe), Orlando Hudson (3, Loe)
SF - Luis Gonzalez (5), Eric Byrnes (1)
RBI - Jeff DaVanon (23), Luis Gonzalez (30), Shawn Green (30), Johnny Estrada (38), Eric Byrnes 2 (26), Orlando Hudson (19)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Byrnes (13), Orlando Hudson (7)
SB - Craig Counsell (9, 3rd base off Loe/Barajas)
CS - Craig Counsell (5, 2nd base by Otsuka/Laird)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Orlando Hudson (5, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Enrique Gonzalez 5977211 3.67
Brandon Medders 2200020 2.79
Luis Vizcaino (L,2-3)0433000 3.41
Randy Choate 0.1000000 0.00
Brandon Lyon 0.2000000 4.45
Pitches-Strikes - Enrique Gonzalez 82-46, Brandon Medders 25-19, Luis Vizcaino 15-11, Randy Choate 4-4, Brandon Lyon 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Enrique Gonzalez 5-10, Brandon Medders 1-3, Brandon Lyon 2-0
Batters Faced - Enrique Gonzalez 27, Brandon Medders 8, Luis Vizcaino 4, Randy Choate 1, Brandon Lyon 2
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5220001 .344
Michael Young, DH5353000 .327
Mark Teixeira, 1B5023012 .279
Hank Blalock, 3B5000005 .289
Mark DeRosa, SS5110002 .333
Kevin Mench, RF4111112 .289
Brad Wilkerson, LF3110101 .250
    Jerry Hairston Jr., LF0000000 .210
Ian Kinsler, 2B4013004 .319
Rod Barajas, C4120013 .262
    Gerald Laird, PR-C0100000 .351
Totals401015102320 
Batting
2B - Michael Young (25, En. Gonzalez), Mark Teixeira (23, Vizcaino)
3B - Ian Kinsler (1, En. Gonzalez)
HR - Michael Young (5, En. Gonzalez)
RBI - Michael Young 3 (46), Mark Teixeira 3 (38), Kevin Mench (40), Ian Kinsler 3 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Mench (11), Ian Kinsler 3 (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-DeRosa-Teixeira, Kinsler-DeRosa-Teixeira
E - Rod Barajas (4, Wild throw)
Texas Rangers
Kameron Loe 2.1644122 5.86
Fabio Castro 2.2122400 4.32
Joaquin Benoit (H,6) 1000120 5.23
Ron Mahay (H,6) 1000020 2.08
Francisco Cordero (BS,8; W,6-4) 1111021 5.45
Akinori Otsuka (S,13) 1100010 2.61
Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 43-25, Fabio Castro 38-16, Joaquin Benoit 7-4, Francisco Cordero 12-8, Akinori Otsuka 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 2-3, Fabio Castro 4-2, Ron Mahay 1-0, Akinori Otsuka 1-0
Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 14, Fabio Castro 11, Joaquin Benoit 4, Ron Mahay 3, Francisco Cordero 4, Akinori Otsuka 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24358
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Jim Wolf