Mench, Rangers put on power display
ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) --
enjoyed the first three-homer game of his career and
added to quite a power display by the
Mench homered in three consecutive innings and Teixeira belted a pair of shots as the Rangers rolled to an 18-5 victory over the
Los Angeles Angels
Texas blasted eight homers, matching a club record set on May 21 in an 18-3 win over Houston.
"That's just baseball," Mench said. "It could have easily been 2-1. We just came out and pounded the ball. It was hot today, but at least there was a breeze. We just put some good swings on the ball."
Mench hit a two-run shot against
in the fifth inning and followed with solo homers against
in the sixth and seventh. Mench has hit two homers in a game four times in his career.
Teixeira hit a two-run blast against Angels starter
(2-3) in the third inning and another two-run shot against Peralta in the fifth, increasing his season total to 22. It was his fourth multi-homer game of the season.
The power surge helped the Rangers win their second straight game against the Angels, who lead the American League West Division.
"We just have to go play every single day. We have to be professional and do our job on the field," Teixeira said. "The last two games were huge. We couldn't afford to dig too deep a hole. To go into July (being) 6 1/2 games out, we're still in the hunt."
"We knew it was going to be a dogfight after last night's game," Mench said. "Anything is possible. This is our team and whatever happens, happens."
also homered for the Rangers, raising their major league-leading total to 128.
"If you pitch well and get balls in good spots, you can control this team," Angels manager
said. "They were explosive today and we had some mistakes working against us, including inexperience."
(8-4) worked five innings, allowing three runs and five hits while striking out seven.
"I felt good," Young said. "I had good run support today. I just try to go out, take the ball and win games. I'm not going to change what I do."
Santana was roughed up for seven runs and seven hits in four innings.
"(Santana) is grinding through the learning curve," Scioscia said. "Experience is the best teacher. He just wasn't able to make his pitches today. We hope to get the production out of Ervin that we need, but we don't want to put him under too much pressure."
each homered for the Angels.