Rangers 12, White Sox 8
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Chicago White Sox manager Jerry Manuel preferred to look at the positive side of a disheartening loss.
“We’ve knew we’d hit a bump in the road,” Manuel said after his team lost its fourth straight. “The good thing is we’re still right there.”
Chicago is tied with Minnesota for second in the AL Central, two games behind Kansas City in the AL Central. The Royals were beaten by the Twins 14-5.
“No excuses,” Chicago’s Jose Valentin said. “We didn’t do enough and now we’re tied with Minnesota. We can’t afford this. We’ve got to take advantage of these situations.”
The Rangers scored nine runs in three innings against White Sox starter Bartolo Colon (10-11) as Texas improved its record in August to a major league-best 11-4.
“People who fold when you’re out of it aren’t in the big leagues anymore,” Greene said. “We stunk in June but we can have an impact on the races and we are.”
Colon, 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA in his previous five starts, tied a career high for runs allowed. He gave up seven hits, struck out five and walked three.
“He struggled more with his command than anything else,” Manuel said. “To get hit that hard, it indicates to me that he was missing his spots. We’re going to need a better effort out of him than we got tonight.”
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was disappointed that his team didn’t get better production from Colon.
“If anybody had asked me before the game, I’d have bet on our guy,” Cooper said. “It’s real bad timing. Every start is important for him and all our starters.”
Sandy Alomar went 2-for-4 and had three RBIs for the White Sox, who’ve dropped five of six.
The White Sox rallied from five runs down in the first inning to take a 6-5 lead in the third.
“There was not a run scored in this game that was not important,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “I didn’t feel comfortable until we got to the eighth.”
Colon got into trouble in the first as the Rangers loaded the bases, then got a two-run double from Mark Teixeira. Greene lined his eighth homer into the left field seats to make it 5-0.
But the White Sox chased Rangers starter Robert Ellis when Ellis failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in the third inning.
Sandy Alomar connected leading off the third, and Carlos Lee had a two-run homer, his 25th, to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Joaquin Benoit came on in relief and walked Brian Daubach to load the bases. Benoit retired Paul Konerko on a fly ball, and got the second out on Jose Valentin’s grounder that resulted in a force at the plate.
But Benoit walked Joe Crede to force in a run, then Sandy Alomar hit a two-run double to give Chicago a 6-5 advantage.
Benoit (8-5) benefited from Texas’ four-run third to post his second straight victory in long relief since being removed from the rotation on Aug. 7.
The Rangers kept up the pressure against reliever Dan Wright in the fourth, stretching their lead to 12-6 on Blalock’s two-run shot and Palmeiro’s second RBI double of the night. Konerko’s RBI double in the seventh pulled the White Sox within 12-7 and ended Benoit’s outing.
Later in the seventh, Valentin’s RBI single off Erasmo Ramirez narrowed Texas’ lead to 12-8.
Benoit, 3-0 in four relief appearances this season, allowed three runs and five hits over 4 1-3 innings.
“I thought Benoit was the key to the game, to come in and be able to throwextended innings,” Showalter said.
Colon has given up nine runs three times, the most recent in June of 2001. … Colon had his shortest outing since going 1 1-3 innings in October of 2001. … Ellis was making his third start since he was promoted from the minors on July 21. He allowed five runs and six hits over two-plus innings. …Roberto Alomar was 2-for-5 after going 1-for-20 at the start of theroadtrip.