Rangers win their ninth in 13 games

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kevin Mench homered early and homered late.

"It felt like the game took forever," Mench said after his
solo drive in the ninth inning off Damaso Marte (2-3) gave the
Texas Rangers a 7-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday

Mench also homered in the first inning as the Rangers won for
the ninth time in 13 games and sent the White Sox to their third
loss in a row, matching a season high.

"The last one was right over the plate, so I took it the best
way I could, and I fortunately hit it out," Mench said. "It was
just one of those nights."

Slowed earlier this season after twice being hit on the left
elbow with pitches, Mench has homered three times in the last two
games and has six for the season.

"He started it and he finished it," Rangers manager Buck
Showalter said. "When he collides with the ball, it jumps. He's a
strong young man."

Nick Regilio (1-1) got his first major league win despite
allowing a tying home run to pinch-hitter Tadahito Iguchi in the
eighth. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save
in 15 chances.

"We came back and tied it and gave us a chance to win,"
Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Iguchi's been a good player
all year long. Everything we've asked him to do, he does it."

A.J. Pierzynski's fourth career grand slam followed a single and
two walks in the first inning, giving Chicago a 4-1 lead against
Chan Ho Park.

But Texas drove out Orlando Hernandez after 2 2/3 innings.
Hernandez, who has won four straight decisions, surrendered the
first-inning solo homer to Mench.

"I remember facing him before in New York. He was just
unhittable. We were fortunate tonight to get him out of there
early," Mench said.

Hernandez struggled with his control, giving up six runs, seven
hits and four walks.

"It's a bad day for me," Hernandez said. "They were swinging,
and everybody hit it."

Laynce Nix hit an RBI triple in the second following a walk to
Richard Hidalgo, then scored on David Dellucci's two-out RBI single
to make it 4-3.

Texas regained the lead with a three-run third as Mark Teixeira
singled, Hank Blalock doubled him home and Alfonso Soriano hit an
RBI single. After Hidalgo walked and Nix struck out, Rod Barajas
came through with an RBI single that made it 6-4 and finished

Aaron Rowand's third hit, a two-out RBI double in the fifth, cut
the lead to one off Park, who gave up five runs and six hits in six

Chicago's clubhouse was silent after the game, devoid of the
familiar post-game music.

"We've lost three before," Guillen said. "We've got to try to
cut the losing streak as quickly as we can."

Game notes
Mench has four career multihomer games. His previous one
came Sept. 10 against the Blue Jays. ... Showalter returned after
missing Sunday's game at Minnesota to attend the high school
graduation of his daughter. ... Rangers SS Michael Young was out of
the lineup with a sore back, a condition that had forced him out in
the fourth inning Sunday against the Twins. Mark DeRosa replaced
him. ... Dellucci, who entered leading the AL in walks, added three
more, giving him 35. He also reached on a single but never made it
to second base all night. He was thrown out stealing, picked off
first, called out as he tried to steal second when Mench interfered
at the plate as Pierzynski was throwing to the base and then forced
out on a grounder. Dellucci now has four three-walk games this
season ... Jermaine Dye and Iguchi were out of Chicago's starting
lineup, replaced by Timo Perez and Willie Harris. Dye pinch hit in
the ninth. ... The temperature at game time was 51 degrees with a
12-mph wind. ... Hernandez's outing was his shortest since going
just two innings against the Blue Jays last July 27 while with the
Yankees. He left that game with a tight hamstring.