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Errors, Sosa, do in White Sox again

Aug 31, 2007 - 4:58 AM By John Tranchina PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Just when things seemed like they couldn't get worse for the Chicago White Sox, they did.

The White Sox committed four errors in the third inning, three by rookie third baseman Andy Gonzalez, leading to three runs that turned a tie game into a 5-1 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

The Rangers won their season-high fifth straight game, including the last three to sweep Chicago, which has lost eight of its last nine and 16 of 19. The White Sox have also dropped their last nine road contests, their longest such streak since May 2001.

Sammy Sosa had two hits, including his 18th home run of the season, to lead the Rangers. Starter Kevin Millwood (9-11) threw seven strong innings, giving up just one run on six hits and striking out six to win his first career game against the White Sox in his seventh start against them.

"It seems like I'm getting more comfortable every time out," Millwood said. "I'm still having trouble with my curveball. It was a good outing. I hope I'll be able to take some good momentum into next season."

Gonzalez, a rookie last called up from Class AAA Charlotte on August 21, had committed just one error in 48 total games this season, although this was just his fifth outing at third base.

"I'm mad, but it's just part of the game, it's going to happen sometimes," Gonzalez said. "I was just trying to make a throw. Three throws that weren't good, cost us three runs, to me, I think that was the game, but tomorrow's another game." "As a manager, I'm never going to get on somebody making physical errors on the field," said manager Ozzie Guillen. "I never did, I never will. I think that's part of the game. Unfortunately, it happened to this kid.

"He just moved there 3-4 days ago, and those mistakes in one inning, I think everybody in the dugout was feeling for him, including myself. It's not a good feeling when you're on the field, and you put your pitcher in a hole, and then you try to get him out of the hole and you put him in deeper. I know how that feels."

With the game tied 1-1 in the third inning, Chicago's four throwing errors pushed the Rangers ahead. Jarrod Saltalamacchia led off by hitting a ground ball to Gonzalez, whose throw sailed over Paul Konerko's head at first. The next batter, Ramon Vazquez, bunted down the first base line, and Chicago starting pitcher John Danks hit him in the back with the throw, putting runners on first and second.

One out later, Gonzalez fielded Gerald Laird's bunt and again threw it past Konerko, allowing both Saltalamacchia and Vazquez to score. After Laird stole second, Danks struck out Michael Young, and Sosa followed with another ground ball to Gonzalez, whose throw again whizzed over Konerko's head, bringing Laird around to score.

"When a major league team gives you more than three outs in an inning you have to take advantage of it," Laird said. "Tonight they gave us opportunities to get four or five outs in an inning. Guys put the ball in play and we put some runs across."

"There's really nothing I can do about it, except just keep trying to make pitches," Danks said. "No one wanted to make a good throw over there more than Andy Gonzalez. He wasn't trying to throw the ball away. I didn't help my cause. It's just part of it. There's not a whole lot you can do about it, you just got to keep battling."

The White Sox players all met Gonzalez on his way back into the dugout, offering some words of encouragement.

"When I came to the dugout, the guys gave me a lift, saying it was just part of the game, just keep going, keep playing the way you're playing," Gonzalez said. "I just take it like a man. It's just part of the game, it's just bad it happened to me, in one inning."

"I've played this game for a long time, and you see crazy things happen," Chicago's Darin Erstad said. "Andy's a great player, it's just one of those things. He'll be fine. If it can happen, it's happened to us this year. We'll just keep fighting."

Sosa made it a 5-1 Texas advantage in the fifth inning, delivering an RBI single to center field that brought home Laird, who had doubled.

"I'm taking advantage of opportunities that I have," said Sosa, who has started just 11 of the team's last 29 games after they decided to give the bulk of playing time to younger players. "I'm working on my swing, working hard and staying in shape."

"He is ready and prepared every time we have called on him," Texas manager Ron Washington said of Sosa. "He knows how to drive in runs."

Danks (6-13) lost his seventh straight decision, although he has enjoyed some solid outings in those contests, including this game, when he gave up five runs - two earned - on seven hits and struck out eight, matching his career-high. The rookie lefthander has received just 10 runs of support over his last eight starts, during which he is 0-7.

"I felt great out there today," Danks said. "I felt like I was able to keep the ball down for the most part, and it was a lot of fun. Obviously, I would have liked to have gotten the win, but for the most part I had a good time today."

Chicago's Jim Thome continued his torrid pace lately, belting his 23rd home run of the season and 495th of his career in the top of the first inning off Millwood.

"Jim, when he's hot, he can carry a ballclub," said Guillen. "That's why we have him. He does what he always does. It's just impressive what he's done against the Rangers this year. Some people have those kinds of streaks against some teams and Jimmy did it."

"The guy is awesome," said Millwood, who surrendered another homer to Thome in the only other previous at-bat they've faced each other. "I finally got him out with one of the worst pitches I've ever thrown. If he weren't such a nice guy, it would bother me that he owns me. At least I didn't give up a home run with guys on base."

Sosa responded by drilling his 18th of the season and 606th of his career just over the wall in center field when leading off the second inning, tying the game at 1-1. Danks, a former Texas first-round draft pick, surrendered his 27th home run of the season, tied for second-most in the American League, and became Sosa's 368th victim.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 4
    TEXAS 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 x 5 8 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHA - JOHN DANKS, RYAN BUKVICH (6TH), MIKE MYERS (8TH) AND A.J.
    PIERZYNSKI
    TEX - KEVIN MILLWOOD, JOHN RHEINECKER (8TH), JOAQUIN
    BENOIT (8TH) AND GERALD LAIRD

    HOM

    Aug 30 11:21 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SAMMY SOSA SCORED GERALD LAIRD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S SOSA ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.309, 0-FOR-2)

    White Sox vs. RangersAug 30 10:02 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ANDY GONZALEZ ALLOWED GERALD LAIRD TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, S SOSA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.310, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox vs. RangersAug 30 9:33 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ANDY GONZALEZ ALLOWED JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA AND
    RAMON VAZQUEZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G LAIRD ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.304, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox vs. RangersAug 30 9:28 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY SAMMY SOSA (18) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JOHN DANKS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1, TEXAS 1
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.311, 6 HR, 55 RBI)

    White Sox vs. RangersAug 30 9:06 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 1 2 0
    TEXAS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHA - JOHN DANKS
    TEX - KEVIN MILLWOOD

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.255, 17 HR, 49 RBI)
    G LAIRD (.225, 8 HR, 42 RBI)
    M YOUNG (.304, 7 HR, 69 RBI)

    White Sox vs. RangersAug 30 8:47 PM