Rangers 7, White Sox 5

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Now that the Texas Rangers appear to be out of playoff contention, their pitching is showing signs of improvement.

Rookie Juan Dominguez allowed seven hits in eight innings, and Mark Teixeira had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Rangers over the Chicago White Sox 7-5 Monday night.

Dominguez (2-3) allowed two runs, struck out three and walked two in his 11th major league start.

“We’re not expecting him to be Roger Clemens,” said Texas’ Michael Young. “The stuff has always been there. It’s just a matter of consistency and we’re starting to see that now.”

Texas starters have struggled much of the season, with only one remaining in the rotation from the start of the season, left-hander Kenny Rogers. Over the last seven games, Rangers’ starters have compiled a 1.23 ERA.

Dominguez has a 2.33 ERA in his last three starts.

“Of course it gives me more confidence,” he said through an interpreter. “I’m throwing more pitches every outing and getting more out of my fastball, curveball and changeup.”

Mark DeRosa and Kevin Mench homered for the Rangers, who have won five of seven on their 10-game homestand after a 1-12 trip that dropped them from contention.

Geoff Blum homered for the AL Central leaders, who have lost 10 of their last 15 and are 0-3 at Texas this year, getting outscored 25-8.

Chicago made four errors, matching its season high, three by second baseman Tadahito Iguchi. The three errors by Iguchi were the most by a White Sox player since shortstop Jose Valentin had four at Oakland on April 8, 2000.

Iguchi found a frying pan hanging in his locker after the game, a joke from teammates referring to his “iron glove” performance.

“More than forget about it, I want to make sure it never happens again,” Iguchi said through an interpreter. “I’m out there trying to make a positive play and it turns out to be a negative.”

Mark Buehrle (14-7) gave up seven runs—four earned—and nine hits in seven innings. He came in 7-0 with a 2.21 ERA in 10 career appearances against Texas. Down 7-2, Chicago closed in the ninth off Steve Karsay on Juan Uribe’s RBI single, Scott Podsednik’s run-scoring grounder and Iguchi’s RBI single.

With one on in the ninth, Doug Brocail retired Carl Everett on a groundout for his first save since Aug. 17 last year against Cleveland.

“Bad defense. (Iguchi) will be the first to tell you,” Buehrle said. “But he’s made great plays all year long.”

Buehrle noted that the Rangers had been struggling on the road before returning to their hitter-friendly ballpark.

“They don’t play good on the road, but here every hitter is Babe Ruth,” Buehrle said.

At least Buehrle was able to give manager Ozzie Guillen seven innings, saving the White Sox bullpen for Tuesday’s doubleheader.

“The best things we’ve done all year is pitching and defense,” Guillen said. “Hopefully we can turn the page.”

Texas opened the first with three straight hits, including Young’s RBI double, and Alfonso Soriano added a sacrifice fly.

DeRosa’s fifth homer, a two-out drive off the top of the right-field fence in the second, made it 3-0. DeRosa added an RBI double in the fourth, and Teixeira had a two-run single made it 6-0. Teixeira has 101 RBIs, becoming the fifth Texas player to reach 100 in consecutive seasons.

Iguchi dropped Phil Nevin’s popup and a dropped throw from Uribe at shortstop on Young’s grounder, making all three runs unearned.

Blum hit a two-run homer in the fifth, ending a 22-inning scoreless streak by Texas starters. It was the first AL homer for Blum, acquired from San Diego on July 31.

Mench hit his 23rd homer in the bottom half.


With a left-hander starting, Soriano was Texas’ cleanup hitter for the fifth time this season. Hank Blalock, who has been the primary cleanup hitter, batted seventh for the second time this year. … Rangers closer Francisco Cordero was held out due to a right triceps strain but is expected to be available on Tuesday.

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