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Rangers go farther on long balls than White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) -- Mark Teixeira and Texas Rangers teammates are the
latest team to rough up Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox.

Michael Young and Teixeira hit back-to-back homers off Buehrle
to lead the Rangers to a 10-3 victory on Friday night.

Buehrle has lost his last four starts and during the span he has
given up 27 runs in 21 1/3 innings for the White Sox, who have lost
eight of their last 10 games and are 1-6 since the All-Star break.

"If you expand the zone and swing at his pitch you're not going
to have any success. We did a good job of hitting pitches we could
handle and we got to him," said Teixeira, who broke out of a
2-for-20 slump with the home run.

Kevin Mench hit a three-run homer in the eighth for the Rangers
and Brad Wilkerson added a solo shot in the ninth.

Jim Thome hit his 462nd career home run and Joe Crede also
homered for the White Sox.

With the loss, the White Sox trail the first-place Detroit
Tigers by 6½ games in the AL Central, but they maintained a 2½-game
lead over the New York Yankees in the wild card.

"I told them to just continue to play. We know we're going to
win a lot of games, but the main thing is good teams come out of
slumps quicker than others and we have to come out the quickest we
can," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Trailing 1-0, the Rangers tied the game in the third inning on a
sacrifice fly by Wilkerson. With two outs and a runner on, Buehrle
walked Ian Kinsler and Young followed with his eighth homer, a
three-run shot to left. Three pitches later, Teixeira followed with
his 13th home run to left-center, giving the Rangers a 5-1 lead.

The Rangers have hit consecutive home runs eight times this
season.

"Buehrle is tough. He's always been tough on me," Young said.
"I haven't really been following his last couple of starts, but
that's the least of my concerns. As far as I'm concerned he's still
one of the best in the league and always will be. We know every
time we face him we have our work cut out for us."

Buehrle (9-8) was booed as he walked back to the dugout after
retiring the Rangers in the third. He pitched seven innings,
allowing five runs and seven hits. He had four strikeouts and
walked two.

"It just seems when you are going good everything is going your
way. When you're going bad everything drops in and when you make
your pitches they hit them," Buehrle said. "I think the last
three innings I threw more pitches down the middle and got away
with them than I did earlier in the game, so it's a weird game."

Young added an RBI double in the eighth off White Sox reliever
David Riske and Mench made it 9-3 with the three-run homer off Neal Cotts. Mench was 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Young finished with
four RBI.

"Mikey had a big night. He squared up a lot of balls," Rangers
manager Buck Showalter said of the All-Star game MVP.

Ron Mahay (1-1) earned the victory for the Rangers with two
scoreless innings.

Rick Bauer pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings for his second save.

With two outs and nobody on in the sixth, Mahay was replaced by
Wes Littleton, who gave up Crede's 20th homer that cut the Rangers'
lead to 5-3.

Thome hit his 32nd homer of the season on a 2-0 pitch in the
first inning off John Wasdin. Thome tied Jose Canseco for 27th on
the all-time list and gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead.

Game notes
Rangers 3B Hank Blalock got the night off from the field
and was the DH. He was 0-for-4. ... Wasdin pitched 3 2/3 innings,
allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out four and walked two.
... Mahay won his first game since Sept. 11, 2004.