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Rookie Dominguez holds M's to two hits in six innings

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- For the second straight game, the Texas
Rangers got a quality outing from a young starter. This time, it
was rookie Juan Dominguez's turn.

Dominguez pitched two-hit ball over six innings for his second
career victory, and Kevin Mench homered to lead the Rangers past
the Seattle Mariners 8-1 Wednesday night.

Dominguez (1-3) allowed one run and five walks while striking
out three in his 10th major league start.

"Everything was working fine," Dominguez said through an
interpreter. "I was able to make good adjustments throughout the
game."

Texas starters have struggled over the last two months with a
6.64 ERA in a 58-game span heading into Wednesday night.

However, Dominguez's sharp effort came one day after Chris Young
gave up one run and four hits in five innings of a 6-4 victory over
Seattle.

"It's definitely a boost for us," said Rangers catcher Rod
Barajas, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI. "I want to help these
young guys, get them through as many innings as possible. It was
good to see (Dominguez) throw strikes and get outs."

Dominguez, 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in three starts since being
recalled from the minors on Aug. 13, threw his fastball for strikes
and used a change-up to keep the Mariners guessing.

"He kept us off-balance with the changeup," Seattle slugger
Richie Sexson said.

Young and Dominguez combined for a 1.64 ERA in their consecutive
starts. Texas got back-to-back wins from starters for the first
time since Aug. 6-7.

"We've gotten two quality pitching performances and our offense
has held its own," Texas' Mark Teixeira said. "We're feeling good
right now."

Mench, Barajas, Hank Blalock, Adrian Gonzalez, Michael Young,
Alfonso Soriano and Teixeira all had two hits in the Rangers'
15-hit attack. Mench, 9-for-13 in his last four games, hit a
two-run homer -- his 22nd -- in the fifth off Ryan Franklin (6-14) to
improve to 11-for-17 with four homers against him.

John Wasdin pitched the final three innings for his second save.

The Rangers have won the first two of a 10-game homestand
following a 1-12 road trip that was the worst in club history.

Texas is trying to avoid a last-place finish in the AL West for
the fourth time in five years. The Rangers (59-66) are third in the
division, six games in front of the Mariners.

"We didn't swing at good hitter's pitches," Seattle manager
Mike Hargrove said. "It's tough to win with only four hits. A
couple of times we had two men on and nobody out and we couldn't
get a run across."

The Rangers' offense got rolling in the first off Franklin on
Blalock's RBI single. Texas made it 4-0 in the second on Gonzalez's
run-scoring double, Barajas' RBI single and David Dellucci's
triple.

Franklin, 1-5 with a 9.99 ERA in seven career starts at
Ameriquest Field, allowed six runs and 10 hits over five innings.

"I think his command the first two innings was not good at
all," Hargrove said. "Everything was over the middle of the plate
and waist high and when you get it waist high like that, you should
get hit."

Dominguez retired nine in a row before issuing consecutive walks
with two outs in the fourth. He got Mike Morse on a grounder to end
the inning.

"He was able to throw quality pitches when he got in a bind,"
Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.

Mench's two-run shot in the fifth gave Texas a 6-0 edge, but
Seattle came back with a run in the sixth on Adrian Beltre's
run-scoring double.

Texas made it 8-1 in the eighth on Barajas' RBI double and
Michael Young's run-scoring single.

Game notes
Showalter said after the game that Kameron Loe will be
promoted from the bullpen to start on Friday night. Loe, who has 40
relief appearances this season, will be making his second major
league start. Kenny Rogers will start Saturday and Chris Young gets
Sunday's start. ...At 53-72, the Mariners fell 19 games below .500,
their low point of the season. Seattle has dropped 14 of 22.
...Blalock had gone 11 games without an RBI, and was 0-for-8 in his
previous two games.