Chris Young, Soriano guide Rangers to seventh straight win
ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Another strong performance by rookie
led to another victory for the
Young turned in his seventh consecutive solid effort with eight effective innings and
homered twice to lift the Rangers to their seventh straight win, a 6-2 triumph over the
Chicago White Sox
After lasting just 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Angels on April 12, Young yielded four runs in 5 2/3 frames to pick up his first win of the season against Toronto five days later.
But his magnificent run began in his next start against the
New York Yankees
on April 22. The 6-10 righthander, who went 3-2 in seven starts last season, limited the Yankees to one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, beginning his string of seven straight starts with less than three runs allowed.
In this one, Young (5-2) surrendered just three hits in the first six innings before
opened the seventh with his 13th homer. Young, who won his third straight decision, allowed just two hits thereafter and finished with five strikeouts without a walk.
"I was trying to be aggressive and keep guys off base," said Young, who lowered his ERA to 2.93, tops among major league rookies. "I was bringing my off-speed stuff after my fastball. I was fortunate that I had good enough command and was mixing my pitches up well."
"He attacked the strike zone early," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He established that he was going to have pretty good command of his curveball and he had a lot of well-located fastballs."
also was impressed with Young's fastball.
"(It) was probably the best I've seen from him this season," Barajas said. "It was exploding out of his hand."
Young was staked to an early lead when
belted his 12th homer - a solo shot - in the first inning. Soriano, who halted a nine-game homerless drought Thursday, added a solo blast in the second for a 2-0 advantage.
"When our pitchers are doing well, that gives us confidence at the plate, that we don't have to press," Teixeira said. "At the same time, if we get three or four runs up there, our pitchers can relax a bit."
Texas built the cushion to 6-0 on two-run shots in the fifth by
and Soriano, who recorded his third two-homer game of the season and the 10th of his career.
The homers raised Soriano's season total to 14, three behind
New York Yankees
for the American League lead.
gave up a run and three hits in the ninth before closer
came on to retire pinch hitter
for his 16th save.
(0-1) was overmatched against the power of Texas, surrendering six runs, six hits and three walks in five innings. The rookie righthander, who had a solid major league debut against the
on Sunday, did strike out four.
"My command was bad, my location was bad," admitted McCarthy, who was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after the game. "Time and time again, I fell behind hitters. Anything I threw near the zone, they hit it. I was just basically bad."
"He was pitching against a pretty good team," Chicago manager
said. "We knew they'd come out of the gate swinging the bats. They've got some great power hitters over there."