The Rangers, who began the run with a franchise record 8-0 homestand, have scored 72 runs during the winning streak, their longest since a pair of nine-game streaks during the 1999 season. Texas has not won 10 straight since a team-best 14-game stretch on May 12-27, 1991.
Mench hit a two-run shot, his sixth homer in his last 13 games, and Mark Teixeira remained hot at the plate with three hits, finishing a home run short of the cycle. Teixeira is batting .400 (20-for-50) with five homers and 13 RBIs in his last 12 games.
Chad Allen drove in two runs with a triple for the Rangers, who took sole possession of first place in the AL West after the Angels’ 5-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Texas starters have won a team-record nine straight games.
Ryan Drese hopes to continue that trend but has struggled on the road, going 1-2 with a 9.23 ERA in five outings. The 29-year-old right-hander gave up two runs and eight hits in seven innings for just his second win in six starts in Tuesday’s 4-3 home victory over the Royals.
Catcher Rod Barajas and Drese had a confrontation in the Texas dugout during the game, apparently over pitch selection. The pair tussled on the ground and had to be separated, but later shook hands when Drese was pulled from the game. Both insist the incident is forgotten.
Drese feels the confrontation was being blown out of proportion.
“We’ve got a good relationship,” he said. “We’re out there both trying to win, that’s it. Everything’s always been OK. That’s behind us.”
Brandon Inge homered for Detroit, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Catcher Ivan Rodriguez fractured his right hand on Tuesday when he was hit by a foul tip. He said he would see a doctor Wednesday, but expects to continue playing despite the injury.
“If I can squeeze a bat or throw, I’ll play,” Rodriguez said.