White Sox 7, Rangers 4

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—The Chicago White Sox face long odds, but they’re not ready to concede the AL Central title to the Minnesota Twins just yet.

Carl Everett homered and the White Sox took advantage of Texas’ season-high five errors in a 7-4 victory over the fading Rangers on Monday. The White Sox won their fourth straight to move 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Twins.

“We’re trying to put together some wins and finish on a strong note,” White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. “We’re not out of it, but I’d be hesitant to say we’re in it, either—not 7 1/2 out.”

Chicago has six games left against Minnesota, three at the end of a 10-game road trip that began Monday.

“We’ve got to be around four or five back going into Minnesota,” Konerko said. “But we’re playing better.”

In the first two innings, White Sox starter Jason Grilli (1-1) allowed three hits, walked three, committed an error and threw two wild pitches. But the Rangers were only able to come up with one run during that stretch as they lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Grilli, who earned his first major league win since April 20, 2001, for the Florida Marlins, gave up three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out three and walked three.

“I definitely don’t want to start off in a hole,” Grilli said. “The positive thing was that I battled through it. I was just trying to minimize the damage. To get out of that situation with one run, that’s what I’m trying to do — to keep the team in the ballgame.”

Shingo Takatsu got two outs for his 17th save in 18 chances.

Michael Young homered for the fourth time in his last three games for Texas. David Dellucci and Kevin Mench also homered for the Rangers, opening a seven-game homestand after a 1-5 road trip.

Second baseman Alfonso Soriano and starter Chan Ho Park (3-5) had two errors each, and catcher Rod Barajas had one for the Rangers. It was the Rangers’ most errors in a game since they had five on Aug. 22, 1998.

“This is the time of year when the guys in this clubhouse need to look at themselves in the mirror and find out what’s wrong,” said Young, batting .333 with five homers and 11 RBIs during his nine-game hitting streak.

Park allowed seven runs—five earned—and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Grilli got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first inning. He had one walk, two wild pitches and failed to field an easy grounder for an error, but worked out of trouble when he got Soriano to ground into a forceout at the plate and then retired Mench on a pop up.

Grilli walked Hank Blalock with the bases loaded in the second for the game’s first run.

The White Sox took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. One run scored when Konerko grounded into a double play and Everett followed with his solo homer.

Young tied it at 2 in the fourth with his 19th homer.

But three Rangers errors in the fifth set up the White Sox for a two-run inning and a 4-2 lead.

Joe Borchard reached first on Soriano’s fielding error. Joe Crede singled, with Borchard going to third, and Park threw wildly to third on Willie Harris’ bunt for an error. Mench retrieved the ball in left field and threw to the plate in an attempt to get Borchard, but the ball glanced off the glove of catcher Rod Barajas for an error on Barajas as Borchard scored. Crede scored the second run of the inning on Aaron Rowand’s ground-out.

Dellucci’s solo homer in the sixth pulled Texas within 4-3.

Chicago had runners on first and third in the seventh when Park made another throwing error. Park faked to first and threw to third, where the ball beat Harris, but the throw was wild and Harris scored. Konerko’s RBI single later in the seventh chased Park, and Jose Valentin’s RBI double off Ron Mahay made it 7-3.

Mench’s 19th homer in the seventh cut the deficit to 7-4.

Soriano, who has 22 errors and went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts, was booed when he came to the plate in the seventh. He had the seventh two-error game of his career, the third this season.

“He’s not trying to make errors. He wasn’t the only one,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.

Notes

Park was making his first career appearance against the White Sox. There are only three other teams Park has never faced: Cleveland, Toronto and Los Angeles. … The Rangers tied a club record with three errors in an inning for the 14th time. … Texas’ club record for errors in a game is seven in 1976.

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