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Rangers call on rookie Loe to shut down Twins

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas pitching staff has been among
the American League's worst all season, so when two rookies combine
for a shutout, the Rangers think there could be better days ahead.

Kameron Loe went five innings in his second career start and
C.J. Wilson allowed one hit over the final four for his first
career save as the Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-0 on Friday
night.

Loe (6-4) was making his first of the season after 40 relief
appearances. He allowed five hits and struck out five without a
walk.

"I've wanted this for a long time," said Loe, a starter in the
minors before joining the Rangers' bullpen this season. "It's good
to get the first one out of the way. I went after hitters, was
aggressive and kept away from the free bases. I was nervous all
day. I just hoped I could go out there and give us a chance to
win."

Wilson, who started the night 0-6 with a 9.62 ERA, struck out
three and didn't issue a walk to help the Rangers to their fifth
shutout of the season.

"I love relieving," said Wilson, who has six starts and six
relief appearances this season. "The adrenaline you have as a
starter has a chance to wear you out, but as a reliever it helps
you."

Manager Buck Showalter was pleased to see such strong outings
from the rookies.

"Both guys worked fast and threw strikes," Showalter said.
"C.J. had a good, live fastball. ... You know we have high
expectations of them just like they do. I wish we could get them
each a win."

David Dellucci and Alfonso Soriano homered in a four-run third
inning for Texas. Michael Young also homered for the Rangers, who
have won three of four at home following a 1-12 road trip, while
Mark DeRosa went 3-for-4.

Young starters Loe, Chris Young, Juan Dominguez and Joaquin
Benoit have combined for a 1.57 ERA in the first four games of the
homestand.

Michael Ryan had three hits for the Twins, who have lost three
straight and were shut out for the seventh time this season.

The Twins are watching their wild-card hopes fade.

"You're trailing three teams, you've got to win every one of
them," Minnesota starter Kyle Lohse said. "If you don't, you're
going to lose ground to somebody. You've got to beat the teams
you're supposed to beat."

Young's 19th homer in the first off Lohse (8-12) was good for a
1-0 lead, but Young wasn't sure the ball cleared the wall in right
center.

Center fielder Lew Ford made a long run and stuck his glove over
the wall in an attempt to snag the drive, but Ford came down empty.
Young, who had stopped at second, finished circling the bases when
second base umpire John Hirschbeck gave the home run signal.

Dellucci's two-run blast in the third -- his 22nd -- stretched
Texas' lead to 3-0, and after Mark Teixeira doubled, Soriano added
his 31st homer to make it 5-0.

Lohse thought he made a good inside pitch to Soriano, then
watched the ball sail out of hitter-friendly Ameriquest Field.

"The one where I jammed him ... he pops it up," said Lohse,
who gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings. "This place is
a joke and it's a home run."

Soriano has 30 homers as a second baseman, becoming the third
player at the position to reach that milestone in three straight
seasons. Rogers Hornsby and Jeff Kent are the others.

Soriano's run-scoring double in the fifth made it 6-0.

Game notes
The Rangers lead the majors with 209 homers. ... It was 99
degrees at the start of the game. ... 2B Brent Abernathy was
scratched from the Twins lineup about an hour before the game due
to a sore neck. He was replaced by Luis Rodriguez. ... Minnesota SS
Juan Castro (strained left knee) won't be activated from the DL
until Sept. 1. Until then, Castro has permission from the club to
join his family in Arizona while his wife recovers from minor
surgery. ... Teixeira has an 11-game hitting streak. ... The
Rangers surpassed 2 million in home attendance for the 10th
straight season.