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Sox Enjoy a Prosperous Fourth of July in Texas

July 4 at Texas Rangers


Immunity:
Mark Buehrle
Exiled:
A.J. Pierzynski

Mark Buehrle went seven strong innings, but his battery mate went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Short Take:   Mark Buehrle walked and struck out nobody in the Rangers' lineup, which is a rarity. Even more rare was the fact that Buehrle and his teammates took two of three from a hot Texas team in Arlignton.

At the start of last night's Independence Day contest, the Sox were sitting at 2-3 on their road trip. A win would give them a successful road trip, while a loss would have likely sent Sox fans into a mild form of panic mode. Mark Buehrle and Alexei Ramirez had a hand in guaranteeing the White Sox a victory, even though Brent Lillibridge almost made a defensive lapse in the bottom of the ninth. In the end, the Sox came out victorious, 5-3.

The White Sox took an early 1-0 lead against Scott Feldman (5-8) in the second, thanks to a double by Mark Kotsay, but saw that lead disappear in the bottom of the fourth when the Rangers scored two, courtesy of a Josh Hamilton homerun. The score wasn't 2-1 for very long, though, as the Sox added a tally in the next half inning. With Brent Lillibridge and Alexei Ramirez on first and second, respectively, Juan Pierre sacrificed them over. Dayan Viciedo then grounded out to short, while Alexei Ramirez scored the tying run. No sooner after the Sox tie the game did Mark Buehrle (7-7) give that run right back when Julio Borbon took him deep. It was now a 3-2 Texas lead, but it was short-lived.

It was the top of the sixth that was the key inning for the White Sox, as they scored three runs. Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin began the inning with back-to-back doubles, and the game was tied at three a piece. With two out and Quentin on third, Alexei Ramirez came to the plate and hit a homerun to left that traveled over 400', giving the Sox a 5-3 lead. Though Brent Lillibridge made things more interesting in the bottom of the ninth than they had to be with a near-defensive miscue, the Sox held on and Matt Thornton earned his fifth save of the season.

With Detroit and Minnesota both losing yesterday afternoon, the White Sox now find themselves one game out of first place with last night's victory in Arlington, Texas. The White Sox now begin a seven game homestand at U.S. Cellular Field, which will take them right up to the All-Star Break. Tonight, the White Sox will send Gavin Floyd (3-7, 4.66 ERA) to the mound, and he will oppose the Angels' Scott Kazmir (7-7, 5.67 ERA). The first pitch will be at 6:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net Plus.

WSI's
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 The Sox took two of three from the Rangers, and now find themselves just one game behind the Twins and Tigers, both of which are huge accomplishments. Keep it rolling, guys!


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