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Kinsler extends hit streak to 25, sparks Rangers in run fest

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ian Kinsler, Michael Young and Milton Bradley took care of business at home before heading to the All-Star game.

Kinsler extended his majors-best hitting streak to 25 games with three hits and drove in three runs, and Young and Bradley also had key hits, leading the Texas Rangers to a wild 12-11 victory over the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox that clinched another series win.

"We're showing a lot of character, clawing our way through games," said Young, who has a 15-game hitting streak. "We're playing as a team. ... The momentum we've built up over the last couple of months, hopefully we can carry that over into the second half."

Since having the worst record in the majors at 7-16 in late April, the Rangers (50-46) have won 16 of their last 23 series -- and split three others, including a four-game set last week against the AL West-leading Angels, who are 7½ games ahead of third-place Texas.

Chicago (54-40) maintained a 1½-game division lead over Minnesota despite its third loss in four games.

The White Sox had a 2-0 lead only three pitches in, and finished with a season-high 22 hits. And that still wasn't enough.

"This was the worst baseball game I've ever seen. ... The pitchers should look themselves in the mirror and be embarrassed," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That was ugly. That's the worst I've seen in a long time."

Things didn't look so bad in the Rangers clubhouse, even though the 22 hits were the most they've ever allowed in a victory. Texas countered with 17 hits.

Marlon Byrd hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh that finally put Texas ahead to stay.

Jermaine Dye went 4-for-5, with a homer in the eighth and a two-run single in the ninth, and five other White Sox players had three hits. All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin also homered.

Chicago scored three times in the ninth against closer C.J. Wilson before Jim Thome and Paul Konerko both took called third strikes to end the game.

"It was a battle but C.J. made the last strike. Game over," said second-year manager Ron Washington, whose future was in doubt back in April.

Bradley, the AL starting designated hitter in place of injured David Ortiz, matched a career high with his 19th homer and had an RBI single. Josh Hamilton, leading the majors with 95 RBI and voted an All-Star starter, was 0-for-4 and saw the end of his streak of eight straight games driving in a run, the last five being multi-RBI games.

Thome had two doubles and has reached base in 28 straight games against Texas -- 16-for-27 over the last nine. His RBI double in the third put Chicago ahead 5-4.

But Bradley led off the bottom of the third with a homer that ricocheted off the pole down the right-field line before RBI singles by Max Ramirez and Kinsler.

That hit for Kinsler, already his third in the game, put the Rangers up 7-5. The AL's leading hitter (.337) had doubles in each of the first two innings, increasing his majors-leading total to 34.

Some fans chanted "M-V-P!, M-V-P!" when Kinsler came to the plate later in the game.

"I'd rather talk about the team. We're playing good baseball," said Kinsler, a first-time All-Star. "It's tough to talk about MVP and that kind of stuff. The guys around me make it easy to do what I'm doing."

David Murphy led off Texas' big seventh with a single. Boone Logan (2-2) had him picked off but Murphy took off for second and reached third on first baseman Konerko's wild throw into the outfield. Byrd then lined a double into the left-field corner for an 8-7 lead.

Adam Russell hit Kinsler, an AL reserve for his first All-Star appearance, with a pitch to load the bases before Young's two-run single extended his hitting streak. Young also hit in 23 straight earlier this season, longest in the majors until Kinsler passed him.

Ramirez's third run-scoring hit was an RBI single in the eighth that pushed Texas ahead 12-8, which was just enough.

Jamey Wright (6-4), the third of five Rangers pitchers, allowed a run over 1 2/3 innings.

After a quick groundout and an infield single on the first two pitches by rookie left-hander Matt Harrison, Quentin hit his 21st homer. Dye walked and scored on a grounder to make it 3-0.

Chicago's Juan Uribe, playing for resting All-Star third baseman Joe Crede, tripled and scored on Orlando Cabrera's single in the second. Uribe's ball hit on top of the 14-foot wall in left field, bounced straight up and then fell back into play.

Notes

  • White Sox closer Bobby Jenks begins a rehabilitation assignment Monday for Class-A Winston-Salem. He is expected to pitch for Double-A Birmingham on Wednesday and rejoin Chicago from the disabled list (bursitis near non-pitching shoulder) the first game after the All-Star break.
  • Chicago C A.J. Pierzynski was out of the lineup, as scheduled before he got hit on the lower left leg by a pitch and left Saturday night's game. The team said he had a bruise.
 
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All-Star Ian Kinsler is swinging a red-hot bat, leading the AL with a .337 average.  (AP)
All-Star Ian Kinsler is swinging a red-hot bat, leading the AL with a .337 average. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Chicago

J. Dye
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS6133002 .270
Alexei Ramirez, 2B6130003 .312
Carlos Quentin, LF6122005 .276
Jermaine Dye, RF5343112 .306
Jim Thome, DH5031122 .253
Paul Konerko, 1B6001017 .217
Nick Swisher, CF3210201 .236
Toby Hall, C4030100 .289
    Brian Anderson, PR0100000 .229
Juan Uribe, 3B5231005 .219
Totals4611221154  
Batting
2B - Jermaine Dye (21, Harrison), Jim Thome 2 (20, Harrison, Harrison)
3B - Juan Uribe (1, Harrison)
HR - Carlos Quentin (22, Harrison), Jermaine Dye (21, Guardado)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera 3 (40), Carlos Quentin 2 (70), Jermaine Dye 3 (56), Jim Thome (51), Paul Konerko (34), Juan Uribe (18)
SB - Alexei Ramirez 2 (7, 2nd base off Nippert/M. Ramirez, 2nd base off Wright/M. Ramirez), Nick Swisher (2, 2nd base off Wright/M. Ramirez)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Paul Konerko (7, Throwing), Alexei Ramirez (5, Dropped fly), Juan Uribe (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras 41077221 4.60
Nick Masset 2000000 3.32
Boone Logan (L,2-2)0231100 3.00
Adam Russell 1322120 4.70
Matt Thornton 1200020 2.33
HBP - Kinsler (by Adam Russell)
WP - Adam Russell (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 90-56, Nick Masset 20-11, Boone Logan 18-10, Adam Russell 34-18, Matt Thornton 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 5-6, Nick Masset 4-2, Matt Thornton 1-0
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 25, Nick Masset 6, Boone Logan 3, Adam Russell 8, Matt Thornton 5
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5133003 .337
Michael Young, SS6012026 .302
Josh Hamilton, RF-CF4000102 .310
Milton Bradley, DH5122023 .316
David Murphy, LF-RF5330001 .276
Marlon Byrd, CF4121001 .246
   a- Brandon Boggs, PH-LF1111000 .256
Chris Davis, 1B3320201 .259
Max Ramirez, C5133003 .256
Ramon Vazquez, 3B4100127 .310
Totals4212171246  
a-singled for Byrd in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler 2 (34, Contreras, Contreras), David Murphy (24, Russell), Marlon Byrd (9, Logan), Max Ramirez (1, Contreras)
HR - Milton Bradley (19, Contreras)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (58), Michael Young 2 (52), Milton Bradley 2 (57), Marlon Byrd (15), Brandon Boggs (28), Max Ramirez 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler (25), Michael Young 2 (16), Milton Bradley (20)
SB - David Murphy (6, 3rd base off Logan/Hall)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Vazquez-Kinsler-Davis, Vazquez-Kinsler-Davis, Vazquez-Kinsler-Davis
E - Marlon Byrd (3, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Matt Harrison 2.2755201 6.52
Dustin Nippert 2.2711210 8.84
Jamey Wright (BS,4; W,6-4) 1.2211100 4.39
Eddie Guardado (H,19) 1111011 2.88
C.J. Wilson 1533020 5.01
IBB - Thome by Dustin Nippert
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 59-32, Dustin Nippert 63-34, Jamey Wright 23-16, Eddie Guardado 17-12, C.J. Wilson 33-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 5-2, Dustin Nippert 1-5, Jamey Wright 3-1, Eddie Guardado 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 16, Dustin Nippert 16, Jamey Wright 7, Eddie Guardado 4, C.J. Wilson 8
Game Information
Attendance - 28459
Game Time - 4:01
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Adrian Johnson