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Soriano, Barajas nabck up strong Young start

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The more baserunners he allowed, the
better Chris Young pitched.

Young escaped several jams Tuesday night, leading the Texas
Rangers to a 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

"I struggled until I got into trouble and then I found the
pitches to make," Young said. "I was mixing my pitches better. I
felt that (having runners on) was the only time I pitched well."

Young (3-2) allowed seven hits but did not give up a run in 5
2-3 innings to earn his third win in his last four starts. He
walked three and struck out three, throwing a season-high 112
pitches.

"Chris bent but he didn't break," Rangers manager Buck
Showalter said. "And the bullpen did a real nice job."

Alfonso Soriano and Rod Barajas each drove in two runs for the
Rangers, who beat the A's for the second straight day and the
eighth time in 11 meetings. They will attempt to complete their
first series sweep of the season on Wednesday.

The loss -- the seventh time in nine games the A's have scored
three or fewer runs -- prompted a closed door meeting in manager Ken
Macha's office which lasted for 57 minutes.

"It's an internal matter," Macha said of the delay.

Erubiel Durazo homered and Eric Chavez had two hits for Oakland
in the Athletics' second straight loss.

Soriano, moved out of the leadoff spot Friday against Boston,
had two hits in his previous 21 at-bats before singling in two runs
during a five-run sixth.

"I was going to wait until I got a pitch in my zone," Soriano
said. "I just wanted to put the ball in play somewhere. I got a
pitch over the middle on the first pitch and went after it."

Young left after giving up a two-out hit to Eric Byrnes that
loaded the bases in the sixth. Nick Regilio got Adam Melhuse on a
comebacker to end the threat.

"The last time I came in to pitch, I had runners on first and
second and didn't get the job done," Regilio said. "That bothered
me a lot. I don't like giving up the starter's runs. This time I
just tried to keep the ball down and he rolled over it."

Ron Mahay -- who allowed Durazo's homer -- Doug Brocail and Brian
Shouse each pitched an inning to finish off the A's.

Oakland starter Kirk Saarloos (1-2) took a no-hitter into the
fifth inning, retiring the first nine batters he faced, and left
after giving up four runs on three hits and four walks in five-plus
innings.

"I don't see much encouraging, I just see a loss," Saarloos
said. "It seemed like every time I looked it was 3-2. Eventually
they got me. They did a good job of laying off pitches that were
around the zone."

Saarloos, 0-2 with a 7.58 ERA at home, walked Hank Blalock to
load the bases with no outs in the sixth.

Justin Duchscherer replaced Saarloos and allowed Soriano's
single on his first pitch. Duchscherer later hit Richard

Hidalgo with the bases loaded to force in a run. Gary Matthews
and Barajas also drove in runs.

Barajas also doubled in a run in the fifth.

Durazo led off the eighth with his third home run of the season,
just the second in nine games for the A's and their fifth at home.

Game notes
Rangers outfielder David Dellucci has reached base in all
five games in which he has batted in the leadoff position. ... A's
outfielder Eric Byrnes is hitting .400 (8-for-20) when batting
second and .070 (3-for-43) when batting elsewhere in the order. ...
The Rangers had two sacrifice flies after hitting three in their
first 27 games. ... Duchscherer allowed his first earned runs in
nine appearances. ... The A's have committed eight errors in their
last eight games and have a 3-11 record when making an error.