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Chicago at Texas

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Chi. White Sox (54-39) «0010130319160
Texas (49-46)0110000237112

White Sox 9, Rangers 7

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- John Danks came home and gave about 40 family and friends quite a show. The Chicago White Sox left-hander also showed Texas fans what they're missing.

Danks, the Texas native who was once the Rangers' top pitching prospect, struck out eight with no walks in 7 2-3 solid innings Saturday night and the AL Central-leading White Sox held on after he left to beat Texas 9-7.

"Getting a win against the Rangers is the same as beating another team," Danks insisted. "I tried to approach it like any other game and I think I did that."

Danks (7-4) retired 14 straight batters -- and was thinking about the possibility of his first complete game in the majors -- before giving up consecutive doubles to German Duran and Ian Kinsler in the eighth. Danks left after starting All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton's second RBI single got the Rangers within 8-4.

"I feel like I got ahead of myself a little bit," Danks said, still smiling.

It was still an impressive outing for the 23-year-old lefty, the ninth overall pick by the Rangers in the 2003 draft. Texas traded him to Chicago in December 2006 in a five-player deal that sent Brandon McCarthy to the Rangers. Danks earned a spot in the White Sox rotation the following spring.

"He was very good," said Kinsler, the AL's top hitter (.333) whose double extended his hitting streak to 24 games, longest in the majors this season.

"Obviously having people here, I wanted to perform well," Danks said. "But as far as extra nerves being here in Texas, there wasn't anything like that."

Jim Thome and Paul Konerko hit back-to-back homers in the eighth for Chicago, which maintained its 1½-game division lead over Minnesota. Thome, who finished with four RBI, hit a two-run shot for his 525th career homer before Konerko capped his 4-for-4 night with his homer.

Danks allowed more than two earned runs for the first time in six starts. But he is 4-0 his last nine starts, since allowing two runs over five innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels on May 24.

"It was important for him. He needed a game like that to keep his confidence going," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Awesome. Great performance. To see a kid perform like that is good."

Hamilton upped his majors-leading RBI total to 95 with his fifth consecutive multi-RBI game. He has driven in runs in eight straight.

After Hamilton's RBI single with two outs in the third, Danks didn't allow another base runner until Duran doubled. Danks left after Hamilton singled home Young.

McCarthy was also on the mound Saturday, throwing 25 pitches in a simulated game at the Rangers' spring training complex in Arizona. McCarthy has been on the disabled list all season (right forearm inflammation) after going 5-10 with two DL stints last year.

The Rangers have used 12 different starting pitchers this season, and 26 pitchers total.

Millwood, his start pushed back a day because of a sore left groin, allowed five runs and 10 hits with four walks. The White Sox stranded nine runners the first five innings, leaving the bases loaded twice against the right-hander.

"Physically, everything feels as good as it should," Millwood said. "I walked too many guys. ... I'd rather give up a hit than a walk. Adding the two together, it makes it that much worse."

Konerko, who had been 2-for-15 with seven strikeouts since coming off the disabled list Tuesday from a strained oblique muscle, had an RBI single in the third to tie the game 1-1, and his ninth homer made it 8-2. Thome had a sacrifice fly in the fifth after Jermaine Dye snapped a 2-for-20 slump with a triple, and Thome added an RBI double in the sixth.

Milton Bradley, the All-Star DH who hadn't started the previous three games because a sore left knee, led off the Texas second with his 18th homer, a 429-foot shot.

Notes

Hamilton's streak of eight straight games with an RBI is the longest in the AL this season. Philadelphia's Chase Utley had a nine-game streak this season. ... Pitching coach Mark Connor said McCarthy "threw well with no problems." The Rangers don't anticipate having McCarthy back before at least mid-August. ... It was 100 degrees when the game started just after 6 p.m. It was the first triple-digit temperature at first pitch in Arlington this season.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Thome
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Texas

J. Saltalamacchia
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS3211210 .266
A.J. Pierzynski, C1000010 .287
   a- Toby Hall, PH-C3000021 .264
Carlos Quentin, LF5222010 .275
Jermaine Dye, RF5120103 .299
Jim Thome, DH4124112 .246
Paul Konerko, 1B4142100 .223
    Brian Anderson, CF0000000 .229
Nick Swisher, CF-1B4010116 .235
Joe Crede, 3B5010005 .253
Alexei Ramirez, 2B5230003 .307
Totals39916967  
a-struck out for Pierzynski in the 4th
Batting
2B - Carlos Quentin (16, Loe), Jim Thome (18, Francisco)
3B - Jermaine Dye (2, Millwood)
HR - Jim Thome (18, Loe), Paul Konerko (9, Loe)
SF - Orlando Cabrera (5), Jim Thome (2)
SH - Toby Hall (1)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (37), Carlos Quentin 2 (68), Jim Thome 4 (50), Paul Konerko 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (3)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (15, 2nd base off Millwood/Saltalamacchia), Alexei Ramirez (5, 3rd base off J. Diaz/Saltalamacchia)
PK - Alexei Ramirez (1, Loe)
Team LOB - 14
Chicago White Sox
John Danks (W,7-4) 7.2744081 2.67
Octavio Dotel0000100 2.98
Boone Logan (H,3) 0.1222000 2.73
Matt Thornton 1211010 2.39
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 110-75, Octavio Dotel 9-5, Boone Logan 15-9, Matt Thornton 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 10-5, Matt Thornton 1-1
Batters Faced - John Danks 30, Octavio Dotel 1, Boone Logan 3, Matt Thornton 5
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5122011 .333
Michael Young, SS5010022 .304
Josh Hamilton, RF-CF5022011 .314
Milton Bradley, DH3111112 .314
Marlon Byrd, CF3000000 .240
   a- David Murphy, PH-RF1000002 .271
Brandon Boggs, LF4110010 .251
Chris Davis, 1B4111010 .236
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4221010 .219
German Duran, 3B4110012 .225
Totals38711719  
a-flied out for Byrd in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (32, Danks), Brandon Boggs (12, Logan), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (7, Danks, Thornton), German Duran (5, Danks)
3B - Chris Davis (1, Logan)
HR - Milton Bradley (18, Danks)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (55), Josh Hamilton 2 (95), Milton Bradley (55), Chris Davis (13), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (20)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton 2 (34)
SB - Josh Hamilton (7, 2nd base off Dotel/Hall)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (4)
E - Brandon Boggs (3, Throwing), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (L,6-5) 5.11055440 5.11
Frank Francisco 0.2100110 3.58
Kameron Loe 2433002 4.35
Joselo Diaz 1110120 0.00
HBP - Pierzynski (by Kevin Millwood), Quentin (by Joselo Diaz)
WP - Joselo Diaz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 106-65, Frank Francisco 17-9, Kameron Loe 40-29, Joselo Diaz 30-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 5-7, Kameron Loe 2-3
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 31, Frank Francisco 4, Kameron Loe 9, Joselo Diaz 6
Game Information
Attendance - 39209
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 100
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson