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White Sox 5, Rangers 2

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Eduardo Escobar made his final contribution for the first-place Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.

Escobar had two hits, including an RBI double in a three-run fifth, in Chicago's 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers and then was sent to Minnesota in a trade for left-hander Francisco Liriano.

Adam Dunn hit his major league-leading 31st home run, Philip Humber pitched six solid innings in the White Sox won their fifth straight game.

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The postgame scene, however, was dominated by the news of Liriano's acquisition. The lefty was traded to Chicago on Saturday night for Escobar and minor league left-hander Pedro Hernandez.

"He's such a good kid," Dunn said of Escobar, "We really enjoyed having him."

Escobar, who started at short in place of Alexei Ramirez, helped the White Sox pull away in a three-run fifth that extended their lead to 5-0.

Jordan Danks singled and came home on Escobar's double. Two batters later, Dunn hit a two-run shot that just cleared the wall in center.

Escobar also doubled in the seventh.

"Everybody loves [Escobar]," Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko said. "He's probably going to play every day and become a household name over there."

Konerko added a two-run homer for Chicago, which increased its AL Central lead to 2½ games over Detroit. The White Sox have won the first two in a three-game series between division leaders.

Humber (5-5) didn't allow a hit through three innings and won for the second time in three starts. He yielded one run, four hits and struck out four.

The Texas native was making his first start in his home state against the Rangers.

"I had a lot of friends and family here," Humber said. "It was definitely nice to pitch well here."

Matt Harrison (12-6), who lost his second straight start, gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings. The left-hander walked three and struck out four.

Josh Hamilton sat out after Rangers manager Ron Washington elected to give his slumping slugger a mental break. Hamilton is batting .145 in July and heard rare boos from his home fans after striking out twice Friday night.

Adrian Beltre moved into Hamilton's third spot in the batting order, and rookie Leonys Martin played left field.

The Rangers also shuffled the middle of their lineup. Nelson Cruz hit fourth for the second time in two years, David Murphy was in the fifth spot and Michael Young batted sixth.

Mike Napoli had a solo homer and an RBI groundout for Texas, which dropped its fifth in a row to the White Sox. Humber and three relievers held the Rangers to five hits.

Texas went 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position and 1 for 21 in the series.

"If we start swinging the bat with some runners in scoring position, we can turn this thing around," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "That's what's killing us right now."

The White Sox had two rookies and backup catcher Tyler Flowers in the lineup, but offensive leaders Dunn and Konerko came through with the big hits to sink the Rangers.

Harrison allowed only a walk through three innings before Chicago broke through. Dunn singled off Ian Kinsler's glove at second base with one out in the fourth. Konerko followed with a 416-foot drive to left, his 17th home run of the season.

Konerko is 10 for 19 with three home runs and seven RBI over his last five games.

The White Sox broke the game open with their three runs in the fifth.

After losing five in a row, the White Sox have responded by scoring 40 runs during their current winning streak.

"You have to zone [Harrison] up and have a plan on what you're doing," Dunn said. "If you get away from the plan, he's going to get you."

Young tripled leading off the seventh and Napoli followed with a walk that ended Humber's night.

Jesse Crain inherited the first-and-third jam. He struck out Martin and Craig Gentry, then got some help from his defense. Dayan Viciedo made a diving catch of Kinsler's looping fly in shallow left to end the inning.

Notes

Chicago OF Alejandro De Aza (sprained left wrist) and SS Alexei Ramirez (bruised left hand) didn't play one day after being involved in a scary outfield collision. While neither injury is considered serious, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said De Aza likely wouldn't play Sunday, either. ... C A.J. Pierzynski missed his fourth straight game with a right oblique strain. ... Texas RHP Neftali Feliz will make his fourth rehab appearance Sunday for Triple-A Round Rock. He is expected to throw about 80 pitches. ... Chicago's Gavin Floyd (8-8) will face Texas' Scott Feldman (4-6) in the series finale Sunday.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

M. Napoli
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eduardo Escobar, SS5021010 .207
Kevin Youkilis, 3B2100211 .249
Adam Dunn, DH4222012 .215
Paul Konerko, 1B4112021 .334
Alex Rios, RF4000000 .310
Dayan Viciedo, LF2010100 .260
Tyler Flowers, C4000013 .176
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000011 .230
Jordan Danks, CF4110010 .281
Totals3357538  
Batting
2B - Eduardo Escobar 2 (4, Harrison, Harrison)
HR - Adam Dunn (31, Harrison), Paul Konerko (17, Harrison)
RBI - Eduardo Escobar (3), Adam Dunn 2 (73), Paul Konerko 2 (51)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn 2 (18)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Konerko
E - Eduardo Escobar (2, Throwing), Kevin Youkilis (7, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Philip Humber (W,5-5) 6411241 5.90
Jesse Crain (H,6) 1000020 2.52
Brett Myers 1000010 3.18
Matt Thornton 1111000 3.77
WP - Philip Humber (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 100-61, Jesse Crain 21-13, Brett Myers 12-7, Matt Thornton 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 8-7, Brett Myers 2-0, Matt Thornton 3-0
Batters Faced - Philip Humber 25, Jesse Crain 3, Brett Myers 3, Matt Thornton 4
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000013 .274
Elvis Andrus, SS4000012 .292
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010011 .316
Nelson Cruz, RF3000101 .259
David Murphy, DH4110012 .282
Michael Young, 1B4010002 .270
Mike Napoli, C3112110 .230
Leonys Martin, LF3010012 .189
   a- Brandon Snyder, PH1000000 .286
Craig Gentry, CF3000013 .330
Totals3325227  
a-grounded out for Martin in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Murphy (14, Thornton), Leonys Martin (4, Humber)
3B - Michael Young (3, Humber)
HR - Mike Napoli (16, Humber)
RBI - Mike Napoli 2 (37)
SB - Ian Kinsler (18, 2nd base off Humber/Flowers), Elvis Andrus (17, 3rd base off Humber/Flowers)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Craig Gentry 1
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Harrison (L,12-6) 7755342 3.19
Tanner Scheppers 1000010 5.94
Michael Kirkman 1000030 3.45
HBP - Viciedo (by Tanner Scheppers)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 103-65, Tanner Scheppers 14-9, Michael Kirkman 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 9-7, Tanner Scheppers 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 30, Tanner Scheppers 4, Michael Kirkman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 47580
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 100
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Rob Drake