Mench one away from tying home run record

Updated: April 28, 2006, 11:11 PM ET
Associated Press

 Kevin Mench
CLEVELAND -- Kevin Mench of the Texas Rangers homered in his seventh straight game Friday night, moving within one game of the major league 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.

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