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Rangers start homestand with win over Mariners

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Rookie pitcher Chris Young has become a
much-needed streak buster for the slumping Texas Rangers.

Young, who got the only victory on Texas' just-completed 13-game
road trip, limited Seattle to one run over five innings in a 6-4
victory Tuesday night that started the Rangers' 10-game homestand.
Young won his third straight decision over four starts.

The Rangers had lost four straight games since Young's eight
scoreless innings last Wednesday against Cleveland snapped the
Rangers' season-worst eight-game losing streak.

Ichiro Suzuki homered on the second pitch of the game, but that
was the only run allowed by Young (11-7). The right-hander gave up
three more hits and struck out six.

"I struggled a little bit the first inning, and after that
found my rhythm and felt pretty good the next four innings," Young
said.

"He gives up a leadoff home run, then he settles in," Rangers
manager Buck Showalter said. "With Chris going out and putting up
zeros after the first inning, it gave us the comfort zone to take
it to them a little bit."

Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench hit solo homers for Texas.

Teixeira's 32nd homer in the seventh was his 99th RBI and gave
the Rangers a 5-3 lead. The Rangers were ahead to stay after
Mench's 21st homer in the fourth made it 2-1.

After the 1-12 trip that was the worst in team history, the
Rangers are trying to stay out of last place in the AL West for the
fourth time in five seasons. Texas (58-66) is five games ahead of
the last-place Mariners.

"We had a lot of losses on that road trip but the effort is
always there," shortstop Michael Young said. "It feels good to
get back home."

Francisco Cordero got the final five outs for his 28th save.
Cordero took over after Brian Shouse retired the only batter he
faced on a comebacker with two runners on and a run already in for
Seattle in the eighth.

Chris Young left after throwing 100 pitches on a night when the
temperature was in the upper 90s. Suzuki drew a walk on the 15th
pitch of his at-bat with two outs in the fifth.

"The at-bat by Ichiro kind of ran my pitch count up, or else I
think I could have probably gone out for another inning," Young
said.

"Ichiro got him out of the game almost by himself," Showalter
said.

Mench went 3-for-4, also scoring one of the two Texas runs in
the sixth that chased Jamie Moyer (10-5).

"I made some pitches when I needed to, but not enough," said
Moyer, who was 14-5 in 33 career appearance against Texas before
Tuesday night. "I didn't have good location down and away. I was
missing early in the count and then had to pitch to the bigger part
of the plate."

The 42-year-old left-hander allowed four runs and 10 hits,
matching a season high.

Alfonso Soriano and Mench had singles to start the sixth before
Phil Nevin snapped a 4-for-36 slump with a two-run double into the
right-center field gap. That was the last batter Moyer faced.

Mench is 7-for-9 with three walks over the last three games. He
is among five players with at least 20 homers for the Rangers, who
lead the majors with 205.

Suzuki's homer was his 12th this season, his fourth leadoff
homer -- the 16th of his career.

Adrian Beltre had a leadoff double in the seventh and scored on
a double by Greg Dobbs, who came home on a throwing error by
shortstop Michael Young. Beltre added an RBI double in the eighth
to get the Mariners within 5-4 before Shouse retired Jeremy Reed
and Cordero struck out consecutive batters.

"If we had scored those two runs, I think it would have been
far different," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said.

Michael Young had two hits, increasing his AL-leading total to
167. He is hitting .322, second in the AL to Boston's Johnny Damon
(.331).

Game notes
The Mariners (53-71) are 18 games below .500, matching a
season worst. They have lost 13 of 21. ... Suzuki was then thrown
out trying to steal second after his fifth-inning walk. He finished
2-for-4, his 327th career multihit game, 47th this season. ...
Rangers cleanup hitter Hank Blalock was 0-for-4. He is 6-for-45
(.133) over the past 11 games with no extra-base hits or RBI.