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White Sox's Hernandez drops fourth-straigth decision

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Michael Young and Alfonso Soriano hit
two-run homers in the sixth inning against struggling Orlando
Hernandez, and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 9-2
Wednesday.

Young's 20th homer, which came after leadoff hitter David
Dellucci was hit by a pitch, put the Rangers ahead 3-2. Mark
Teixeira then walked and scored on Hank Blalock's single, and
Soriano hit his 32nd homer to chase Hernandez (8-7), who lost his
fourth straight decision, matching his career high.

Dellucci, Adrian Gonzalez and Rod Barajas also homered for the
Rangers, who lead the majors with 218.

Chicago lost three of four in Texas, including the makeup of a
game rained out in May, and finished August at 12-16. It was the
first losing month of the season for the White Sox, who have the
best record in the AL at 80-51, and started the day with a
seven-game lead over second-place Cleveland in the AL Central.

The homer by Young marked the second season in a row that all
four players in the Rangers starting infield hit at least 20
homers. The only other team's infield with four 20-homer hitters
was the 1940 Red Sox, a group that included Hall of Famers Jimmie
Foxx, Joe Cronin and Bobby Doerr.

The Rangers have six players with at least 20 homers, matching
the team record, and making them the 14th team in major league
history to reach that mark.

Kameron Loe (7-4) pitched six innings in just his second start
of the season, five days after five shutout innings against
Minnesota. He gave up two runs and four hit.

Dellucci had a leadoff homer in the first, his 23rd. Young
doubled after that, but Hernandez retired 15 of 16 batters before
hitting Dellucci in the sixth. Four batters later, El Duque was out
of the game.

Hernandez allowed six runs and six hits, with six strikeouts.
The right-hander is 1-5 with a 4.97 ERA in eight starts since
returning July 18 from his second stint on the disabled list.

Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Luis Vizcaino,
and Barajas homered later in the inning

Game notes
Texas is on pace for 266 homers, two more than the major
league record set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. ... Young had three
hits and has an 11-game hitting streak, raising his average to
.325, a point better than Boston's Johnny Damon, who started the
day as the AL leader. Young has hit .378 (17-for-45) during the
streak. ... RHP Scott Feldman made his major league debut by
pitching the ninth for Texas. He was recalled from Double-A Frisco
earlier Wednesday. ... The Rangers traded INF Manny Alexander, who
was at Triple-A Oklahoma, to San Diego for RHP Juan Jimenez.