Series: Game 4 of 4

Texas won 3-1

Game 1: Monday, August 29
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 30
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Game 3: Tuesday, August 30
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Game 4: Wednesday, August 31
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White Sox 2

(80-51, 43-24 away)

Rangers 9

(64-69, 38-30 home)

    2:05 PM ET, August 31, 2005

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: K. Loe (7-4)

    L: O. Hernandez (8-7)

    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.

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