Everett went 2-for-5 with a home run, leading Chicago to a 12-6 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night—a day after he rejoined the White Sox in a trade.
Everett was the designated hitter and fit nicely into the fifth slot in a White Sox lineup that started the night averaging .186 in July. He played for the Rangers and White Sox last season, then began this season with Montreal before he was traded for minor leaguers Jon Rauch and Gary Majewski.
“Hopefully that’s just the beginning,” Everett said. “That’s what I’m here for, to help the team out. It was a good first game.”
It didn’t take long for Everett to get acquainted in the White Sox clubhouse after playing the final 73 games of last season for Chicago.
“We’re glad to have him here,” said Aaron Rowand, who tied a career high with four hits. “He’s going to be a big contributor for us down the stretch.”
Mark Teixeira homered in his fifth straight game, hitting a solo shot in the ninth to tie a club record. Hank Blalock also homered in the ninth for Texas, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Carlos Lee homered and drove in three runs for the White Sox, who had lost eight of 13 and three of four to start their eight-game road trip.
Chicago’s offense has been inconsistent, and manager Ozzie Guillen was pleased to see a number of productive performances at the plate that included Jose Valentin’s three RBIs.
“We had some good at-bats and showed some patience at the plate,” Guillen said. “But if you want to beat (the Rangers), you’ve got to score a lot of runs. They have unbelievable young talent. The way they swing the bats is scary.”
White Sox starter Scott Schoeneweis (6-7) had a 7-0 lead following three innings after getting a total of one run in support in his previous four starts. He snapped a five-start losing streak, holding the Rangers to four runs on five hits over 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter as he earned his first victory since May 30.
“We did a good job offensively so I was able to turn some fastballs loose,” Schoeneweis said. “That’s about as good as I’ve thrown the ball in two months. It’s nice to contribute to a win, something I haven’t done in some time.”
The White Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first against Joaquin Benoit (3-5), who was coming off nine days’ rest. Benoit, grieving over the recent death of a grandmother, allowed seven runs on seven hits and four walks over 2 1-3 innings.
“Part of his problem is he would get to 0-and-2 and walk a guy, and then get to 0-and-2 and make a poor pitch out in the middle of the plate,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “But there were probably other things on his mind right now and I’m going to keep that in mind.”
Valentin scored from second for Chicago’s first run, going to third on Benoit’s wild pitch and scoring on catcher Rod Barajas’s throwing error. Lee added a solo homer.
Gary Matthews Jr.’s solo homer in the third was the Rangers’ first hit, cutting the deficit to 7-1, but Everett’s homer in the fourth made it 8-1.
Alfonso Soriano hit an RBI double in the sixth to chase Schoeneweis.
Everett and Alex Rodriguez each homered in five straight games last season for Texas. … Rowand had his fourth career four-hit game. … Rangers OF Brian Jordan is close to returning from the DL. Jordan is on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma. He’s spent two stints on the DL this season while recovering from off-season knee surgery. … Showalter said most of his players have recently had the flu. … The White Sox have won three of the four meetings with the Rangers this season.