ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -
walked off the mound for the last time Friday night with far different emotions than he had just four days earlier.
Mendoza rebounded from a rough outing to strike out eight over six innings,
drove in two more runs and the
Chicago White Sox
Pitching on three days' rest, Mendoza (2-3) allowed just three hits and one walk to win for the first time in six starts.
He allowed eight runs in 1 1-3 innings in Texas' 9-6 loss to the
Los Angeles Angels
''Last time was rough,'' said Mendoza, who allowed home runs on the last two pitches he threw against the Angels. ''I tried
to throw strikes and stay ahead all the time. It felt great.''
Mendoza probably could have pitched another inning to save a bullpen that had worked 13 1-3 innings the past two games, but
elected to take the right-hander out after six.
''We wanted him to leave with a good feeling,'' Washington said. ''It's important that he took us deep into the ballgame.
He did exactly what we needed for him to do.''
Mendoza was aided by three of his four All-Star teammates.
Hamilton, who will start for the American League in Tuesday's game, went 3-for-5 and leads the majors with 93 RBIs. He has
driven in 11 over his last seven games.
extended his hitting streak to 23 games, tying fellow Rangers All-Star
for the longest in baseball this season.
homered for Texas, which leads the majors in runs scored.
''This lineup we have is very powerful,'' Davis said. ''Hopefully we can keep things rolling and get some more wins.''
missed his third straight game with a sore left knee, but Washington insisted Bradley won't miss the All-Star game.
(10-5) lasted just 2 2-3 innings in his shortest outing of the season for the
. Floyd, who was 6-1 in his previous eight starts, walked a career-high seven and allowed six runs.
''I struggled with all my pitches,'' Floyd said. ''Instead of relaxing and slowing down, the game sped up on me.''
hit his 524th career homer in the seventh for the
, who had won 11 of 14.
to fly out with the bases loaded in the ninth to earn his second save of the season.
The Rangers scored five runs in the third to take a 6-0 lead, taking advantage of Floyd's control problems.
Young reached on a leadoff walk and scored on Hamilton's double. Murphy then hit a two-run drive to right on a 1-2 pitch for
his 13th homer of the season.
Floyd allowed more two walks and a hit to load the bases.
walked to force in a run, and the
brought in D.J. Carrasco to relieve Floyd.
Young capped the third-inning scoring with another bases-loaded walk.
''You come to this ballpark with this hitting team and not throw strikes, you'll be in the shower quick,''
said. ''The worst thing is to be cute and put people on base.''
Mendoza allowed only one walk through three innings before yielding consecutive doubles to A.J. Pierzynski and
leading off the fourth.
Chicago almost scored a second run in the inning but Texas left fielder
threw out a runner at the plate for a second straight game. Boggs nailed Quentin trying to score on
Notes: Guillen said he has no interest in signing career home run king
even if his team had an opening for a designated hitter or left fielder. ''I don't like a player like
on my ballclub,'' Guillen said. ''He's a Hall of Famer, to me the best player in the history of baseball no matter what. But
he's not the type of player we're looking for in this organization.'' ... Hamilton asked 71-year-old volunteer coach Clay
Council to pitch to him during Monday's Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. Council, who lives in Cary, N.C., has thrown batting
practice to Hamilton since he was in high school.