White Sox 5, Rangers 2

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Freddy Garcia wasn’t at full strength in his first start in over two weeks. He was good enough, though, to lead the Chicago White Sox to their fifth win in six games.

Garcia pitched five solid innings and Carlos Lee hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Chicago’s four-run sixth, leading the White Sox to a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

“I’m not 100 percent,” Garcia said. “I’m 75, 80 percent. That’s the best way I can pitch. When I’m 100 percent, things don’t always go well for me.”

Garcia (11-10) allowed one run and three hits in his first start since Aug. 22, when he developed tightness in his right forearm. He struck out eight and walked two, improving to 7-3 for Chicago since he was acquired from Seattle on June 27.

Garcia must rebuild his arm strength, so he didn’t have his best fastball. That forced him to depend more on his other pitches, and the formula was successful.

“His velocity wasn’t always in the 90s, so he pitched better. He had to throw more strikes,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “But I don’t care how hard he throws. He put zeros on the board.”

Ben Davis homered and Timo Perez hit a two-run double for the White Sox, who remained 8 1/2 games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.

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

Kevin Mench homered as Texas lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

With the game tied at 1, Willie Harris and Aaron Rowand opened the sixth with singles off John Wasdin (2-4). Lee drove in Harris from second with an RBI single to put the White Sox in front.

After Paul Konerko flied out, Carl Everett’s hard grounder got through the legs of first baseman Mark Teixeira for an error as Rowand scored from third to make it 3-1.

Perez’s double just inside the first-base bag drove in two more to chase Wasdin and give Chicago a 5-1 advantage.

“It was nice to jump out there like that and give Freddy a chance to win,” Rowand said.

Wasdin gave up five runs and seven hits, struck out three and didn’t issue a walk. He pitched well enough to keep the Rangers in the game before the four-run sixth.

“I couldn’t seem to get that easy groundball or the lazy flyball to get out of the inning,” Wasdin said. “That inning kind of put the nail in the coffin, so to speak.”

Mench’s 20th homer in the seventh off Neal Cotts pulled the Rangers within 5-2.

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the third on Alfonso Soriano’s RBI triple.

Wasdin retired 13 straight before Davis’ solo homer in the fifth tied it at 1. The ball barely cleared the railing in the right-field corner.

Texas batters struck out 15 times as the Rangers missed another chance to gain ground in the AL West.

“Fifteen strikeouts pretty much slaps you in the face,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said. “I give a lot of credit to the White Sox pitchers but, at the same time, it’s something we’ll talk about.”


The White Sox didn’t want Garcia to pitch much more than 80 pitches, and he finished with 88. … Kenny Rogers will start for Texas on three days’ rest Saturday night against Toronto. Chan Ho Park, originally scheduled for Saturday, will pitch Sunday night against the Blue Jays. Rogers threw only 85 pitches in Tuesday night’s 10-3 victory over the White Sox and told manager Buck Showalter he’d be available on short rest. … Everett sustained a strained muscle in his upper thigh when he slid into second in the sixth inning with a stolen base, his first since August 2003. He was removed for a pinch runner. Guillen said Everett will probably miss a few games. … Soriano’s wild throw to first in the seventh was his 23rd error, most by AL second basemen.

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