Texas (26-19) at Chicago (26-19)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Thu May 27, 2004
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When Mark Buehrle pitches, the Chicago White Sox don’t lose. At least they haven’t in the last month.

The left-hander will try to stretch his unbeaten streak to seven starts when the White Sox wrap up a three-game series with the visiting Texas Rangers.

Buehrle has won each of his last three starts, yielding just two runs and 18 hits over 20 2-3 innings. He did not receive a decision in any of his previous three outings prior to the streak, but the White Sox emerged victorious in each game.

Chicago has not lost a game started by Buehrle since an 11-8 setback to the New York Yankees on April 20 in which he lasted just two innings, surrendering a season-high eight runs. He has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his last five starts.

On Friday, Buehrle allowed two runs and seven hits over seven solid innings, striking out a season-high eight and walking two in an 8-2 win over Minnesota. Despite his recent stinginess, Buehrle has also benefited from ample offensive support as the White Sox have scored 34 runs in his last three starts.

“Some of the other starters are joking that I’m taking all of their runs,” Buehrle said. “I’ll take as many as I can get.”

The White Sox didn’t need much offense Wednesday, avenging a series-opening 7-4 loss with a 4-0 triumph behind eight brilliant innings from right-hander Esteban Loaiza. Miguel Olivo and Frank Thomas hit solo homers for Chicago, which has won six of its last eight games.

Michael Young had two hits for the Rangers, who had won four of five.

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14-10 Record 16-10
4.20 ERA 3.89
98 K 165
58 BB 51
1.40 WHIP 1.26