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Thome, Konerko power White Sox to win over Rangers

Jul 13, 2008 - 5:12 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Jim Thome and Paul Konerko hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 9-7 triumph over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

All-Star Carlos Quentin drove in a pair of runs and John Danks (7-4) pitched effectively into the eighth for the White Sox, who avoided their third straight loss.

Texas All-Star Ian Kinsler delivered an RBI double in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, the longest run in the major leagues this season.

"It was an ugly game," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We left 14 guys on base tonight and didn't have all the clutch hitting when we needed it. But I guess I'd rather leave people on base than not get them on in the first place because there is not a day you can come into this park when it's not going to be a tough game."

Thome, who finished with four RBI, blasted a two-run shot - his 18th homer of the season - over the center field wall in the eighth to give Chicago a 7-2 advantage. Konerko followed with a solo blast to left, his ninth homer of the season and fourth hit of the night.

It was the fourth time the season the White Sox have hit back-to-back home runs.

"I felt good in the game," Konerko said. "Tonight, I was able to take what I do in batting practice into the game. We were able to manufacture some runs and it felt great to be a presence out there."

The White Sox broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth with a three-run rally. Quentin delivered a two-run single and, one batter later, Thome hit an RBI double open up a 5-2 lead.

It proved to be enough offense for Danks, who won his fourth consecutive decision. The lefthander gave up four runs and seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

"I felt I made some good pitches tonight and having some runs on the board definitely helped," Danks said. "My slider was good, especially early and I might have thrown it too much to the lefties but when I tried to mix it up, I got in a little trouble."

It was the second time Danks has faced his former organization and his first career victory against Texas. He owns the lowest ERA (2.67) of any starting pitcher not going to the All-Star Game.

"Danks had command of all three of his pitches," said Kinsler, who was a minor league teammate of Danks. "He's always been tough on lefties and he's got the righthanders figured out. He got me out a couple of times tonight and was tough."

The Rangers rallied for five runs in the final two innings, but it was too little, too late. Rookie Chris Davis started a three-run outburst in the ninth with an RBI triple, but Josh

Hamilton grounded out to end the game.

"I had people before the homestand asking me how I thought we'd do with two first-place teams (the Angels and White Sox) coming in," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We took the Angels on and split the series and now we're even with Chicago going into the final game. This team is going to surprise some people."

Hamilton had two hits and a pair of RBI for Texas. The All-Star outfielder has driven in a run in eight straight games, collecting two RBI in each of his last five contests.

All-Star Milton Bradley belted a solo homer to open the scoring in the second, extending his hitting streak against the Chicago White Sox to 24 games dating to 2002. It was his 18th blast of the campaign.

"They're a dangerous team," Guillen said. "The first four guys in the batting order are All-Stars and the kids under them can really hit as well."

Kevin Millwood (6-5) took the loss for the Rangers, snapping a streak of six consecutive wins at home dating back to last season.

"I walked too many guys tonight," Millwood said. "I'd rather give up a hit than a walk but adding the two together makes things much worse. It's good that we played well and had a huge comeback from where we were early but I want to contribute more."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 3 1 9 16 0
    TEXAS 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 11 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHA - JOHN DANKS, OCTAVIO DOTEL (8TH), BOONE LOGAN (8TH), MATT
    THORNTON (9TH) AND A.J. PIERZYNSKI, TOBY HALL (4TH)
    TEX - KEVIN MILLWOOD, FRANK FRANCISCO (6TH), KAME

    Jul 12 10:42 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY IAN KINSLER SCORED JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, I KINSLER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 9
    TEXAS 7 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.305, 1-FOR-4)

    White Sox 9, Rangers 7  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 12 10:42 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA SCORED CHRIS DAVIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J SALTALAMACCHIA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 9
    TEXAS 6 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G DURAN (.228, 1-FOR-3)

    White Sox 9, Rangers 6  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 12 10:41 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY CHRIS DAVIS SCORED BRANDON BOGGS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C DAVIS ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 9
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J SALTALAMACCHIA (.214, 1-FOR-3)

    White Sox 9, Rangers 5  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 12 10:24 PM
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    White Sox 9, Rangers 4  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 12 10:21 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ORLANDO CABRERA SCORED ALEXEI RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 9
    TEXAS 4 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: T HALL (.268, 0-FOR-2, SAC)

    White Sox 9, Rangers 4  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 12 10:09 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH HAMILTON SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J HAMILTON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 8
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BRADLEY (.314, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    White Sox 8, Rangers 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 12 9:50 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY IAN KINSLER SCORED GERMAN DURAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I KINSLER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 8
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.305, 1-FOR-3)

    White Sox 8, Rangers 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 12 9:46 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY PAUL KONERKO (9) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    8TH OFF KAMERON LOE.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 8, TEXAS 2
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: N SWISHER (.236, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    White Sox 8, Rangers 2  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 12 9:35 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JIM THOME (18) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF KAMERON LOE SCORED CARLOS QUENTIN.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 7, TEXAS 2
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.220, 3-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    White Sox 7, Rangers 2  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 12 9:32 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JIM THOME SCORED CARLOS QUENTIN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J THOME ON SECOND, J DYE ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    TEXAS 2 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.220, 3-FOR-3, RBI)

    White Sox 5, Rangers 2  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 12 9:01 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS QUENTIN SCORED ALEXEI RAMIREZ AND ORLANDO
    CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C QUENTIN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    TEXAS 2 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J DYE (.298, 1-FOR-3)

    White Sox 4, Rangers 2  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 12 8:55 PM
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    White Sox 2, Rangers 2  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 12 8:54 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JIM THOME SCORED JERMAINE DYE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2
    TEXAS 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.216, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    White Sox 2, Rangers 2  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 12 8:35 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH HAMILTON SCORED JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HAMILTON ON FIRST, M YOUNG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BRADLEY (.317, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    White Sox 1, Rangers 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 12 8:09 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PAUL KONERKO SCORED ORLANDO CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P KONERKO ON FIRST, J THOME ON SECOND, A
    PIERZYNSKI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    TEXAS 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: N SWISHER (.235, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    White Sox 1, Rangers 1  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 12 7:55 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MILTON BRADLEY (18) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 2ND OFF JOHN DANKS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0, TEXAS 1
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.244, 4 HR, 14 RBI)

    White Sox 0, Rangers 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 12 7:37 PM