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Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski, left, tries to score past Texas catcher Rod Barajas during Wednesday play.
Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski, left, tries to score past Texas catcher Rod Barajas during Wednesday play.
Linda Kaye, Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — Michael Young and Alfonso Soriano hit two-run homers in the sixth inning against Orlando Hernandez, and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 9-2 Wednesday.

Young's 20th homer came after leadoff hitter David Dellucci was hit by a pitch and put the Rangers ahead 3-2. Mark Teixeira walked and scored on Hank Blalock's single, and Soriano hit his 32nd homer to chase Hernandez (8-7), who lost his fourth straight decision, matching his career high.

Dellucci, Adrian Gonzalez and Rod Barajas also homered for the Rangers, who lead the majors with 218.

Chicago lost three of four in Texas and finished August at 12-16. It was the first losing month of the season for the White Sox, who have the best record in the AL at 80-51.

Kameron Loe (7-4) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings.

ROYALS 1, TWINS 0: At Kansas City, Mo., Emil Brown singled to score Denny Hocking with one out in the ninth, and Minnesota set a Twins' record by getting 13 hits in a shutout.

Minnesota hit into four double plays and had runners thrown out at third and home. It was also a Royals' record for most hits allowed in a shutout, breaking the mark of 10 which had been done four times. The Twins' previous record for hits in a shutout was 12 in a 1-0 loss to the California Angels in 1975.

Hocking singled off Matt Guerrier (0-3) leading off the ninth, and reached second when third baseman Terry Tiffee misplayed a grounder by Chip Ambres. Terry Mulholland relieved and struck out Matt Stairs, before Brown grounded a single just inside the bag at third.

Mike MacDougal (3-4) pitched the ninth for the win.

RED SOX 7, DEVIL RAYS 6: At Boston, Kevin Millar homered twice and David Ortiz hit his fifth in five games, helping Boston rally from a big deficit for the second consecutive night.

Millar led off the second with a shot to tie the game at 1, then broke a 5-all tie in the seventh with a two-run drive that gave Boston its first lead.

Doug Mirabelli also homered for Boston.

Tim Wakefield (14-10) allowed five runs on six hits and a walk, striking out five to improve to 13-1 against Tampa Bay and win for the sixth time in seven starts. He gave up solo homers to Julio Lugo and Travis Lee and a three-run shot to Carl Crawford to fall behind 5-1 before retiring the last 16 batters he faced.

Mike Timlin allowed Alex Gonzalez's sacrifice fly in the ninth before earning his fourth save. Casey Fossum (8-11) took the loss.

TIGERS 4, INDIANS 3: At Cleveland, Ivan Rodriguez homered off Rafael Betancourt (2-3) to break an eighth-inning tie, and Mike Maroth pitched seven strong innings for Detroit.

Cleveland began play a half-game behind the wild-card leading New York Yankees, but lost for the third time in 13 games.

Maroth (12-12) improved to 4-1 in six starts in August.

Craig Dingman worked the eighth. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth, allowing Victor Martinez's RBI double before getting pinch-hitter Ben Broussard to ground out with a man on third for his seventh save.

ORIOLES 7, BLUE JAYS 0: At Toronto, Bruce Chen and Chris Ray combined on a two-hitter to help Baltimore end a five-game losing streak.

Miguel Tejada, Jay Gibbons and Eric Byrnes homered for the Orioles, who lost 10 of their previous 11 games and held a brief team meeting before the game.

Chen (11-8) allowed only Aaron Hill's infield single to first in the second inning and Corey Koskie's single to center in the eighth.

YANKEES 2, MARINERS 0: At Seattle, Randy Johnson outpitched 19-year-old rookie Felix Hernandez, limiting his former team to three hits in seven innings.

ANGELS 2, ATHLETICS 1: At Anaheim, Calif., John Lackey held Oakland to three hits over seven shutout innings as Los Angeles climbed back within a game of the AL West-leading Athletics.