Mench one away from tying home run record
Mench led off the eighth inning against Cleveland's Guillermo Mota by hitting an 0-2 pitch just over the left-field wall for his seventh homer of the season to pull the Rangers within 6-5.
Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr. share the major league record with homers in eight straight games.
Mench became the first right-handed batter to homer in seven straight games, joining Jim Thome, Mattingly, Long and Griffey.
Nineteen players have homered in six straight, with Houston's Morgan Ensberg of Houston also doing it this season.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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