Texas (21-19) at Chicago (28-12)

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  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Wed May 18, 2005
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Jon Garland and Mark Buehrle are forming an imposing 1-2 punch for the Chicago White Sox.

For the sixth time this season, the duo will try to post back-to-back victories as Buehrle takes the mound for the finale of a three-game series with the visiting Texas Rangers.

Buehrle has followed a Garland victory with one of his own on five occasions this season. Unbeaten in his last six starts, the left-hander looks to do the same after Garland became the majors’ first eight-game winner in a 5-2 victory over Texas on Tuesday, ending Chicago’s season high-tying three-game losing streak.

Garland gave up two runs and five hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking two to become the first White Sox pitcher to win his first eight starts since John Whitehead in 1935.

Buehrle has been nearly as good, winning his last three starts, and losing just once in eight outings this season. He allowed three runs and five hits over eight innings in Friday’s 5-3 victory over Baltimore on Friday.

Buehrle has never lost to the Rangers, going 6-0 with a 2.56 ERA in nine career appearances, including six starts.

A.J. Pierzynski homered for the fourth time in five games for Chicago in Tuesday’s win.

“It feels nice,” said Pierzynski, who has homered in three straight games. “I don’t hit a lot of home runs, so when I hit them, it’s a pretty good feeling. I keep joking I keep hitting them in the same spot.”

Right-hander Ryan Drese will start for the Rangers, hoping to give his team back-to-back series wins for just the second time this season.

The right-hander, who won a career-high 14 games last season, has allowed four or more runs in six of his eight starts this season, including Texas’ 9-6 win at Minnesota on Friday. Drese gave up six runs and nine hits in 3 1-2 innings.

“I expect to go out there (Wednesday) and throw my best game of the season,” Drese said.

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7-12 Record 16-8
5.78 ERA 3.12
46 K 149
46 BB 40
1.61 WHIP 1.18