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Sole Possession of First Place!

August 21st vs Texas

Today's temperature:
"The Sox continue to show they are in it for the long haul by giving Jerry another option of out the bullpen in Scott Sullivan."

Short Take:  Colon gives the Sox a strong start and the Sox bring the lumber to finish off the Rangers.

Sole possession of first place! Yes, you heard me right Sox fans. After all the Sox have been through this year, they took sole possession of first place on Thursday night by defeating the Texas Rangers 7-3. Bartolo Colon came back strong after getting smacked around by the Rangers in his last start. Colon lasted 7 innings, giving up 3 runs including 2 home runs to snap the Rangers 8 game winning streak. Colon cruised early and the Sox gave him the run support he needed. The Sox didnít take long to hit Colby Lewis this time. They started in the first when leadoff man Roberto Alomar walked. Two batters later, Frank Thomas singled and Magglio Ordonez followed up with a single of his own to score one run. Carl Everett would follow up with another single to load the bases. After a Paul Konerko line out, Jose Valentin walked to plate another run and give the Sox a quick 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd Thomas smashed a solo shot to center to make it a 3-0 Sox lead. The Sox kept it going in the bottom of the 4th. Joe Crede reached on an infield hit and advanced to second on a wild pitch with 1 out. After advancing to 3rd on a ground out, Carlos Lee provided a 2 out hit to bring Crede around to score.

Colon would cruise until the 6th inning when the Rangers would finally get to him. Colon allowed a single to start the inning but then forced Hank Blalock to ground into a double play. The double play would be huge because Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro would hit back-to-back home runs to cut the lead to 4-2. But in the bottom of the 6th Joe Crede got one back hitting a solo home run. The scoring continued in the top of the 7th when Laynce Nix doubled to start the inning. He would come around to score two batters later when Jason Jones singled making it a 5-3 lead. But Joe Crede would respond again. An error by Michael Young allowed Carl Everett to reach base with 1 out. A fielders choice by Paul Konerko left him standing on first for Jose Valentin. Valentin singled making way for Joe Crede. Crede tripled this time when center fielder Ramon Nivar hit the wall and fell down. Two runners would come around to score giving the Sox a 7-3 lead.

Kelly Wunsch entered the game in the 8th and shut down the Rangers in that inning. In the 9th however, Wunsch would struggle a little though his defense could have helped him out. Wunsch walked pinch hitter Marcus Thames. After retiring the next batter, Wunsch got a ground ball off the bat of Jason Jones. The ball could have been fielded by Jose Valentin for a possible double play but the ball went under Valentinís glove and into center. Jerry Manuel turned to Tom Gordon to finish off the game and Flash did just that. Gordon struck out both batters he faced to preserve the 7-3 White Sox win and give the Sox that cherished solo possession of first place which Sox fans have been waiting for for a long time. The Sox continue this 4 game series tomorrow night at 7:05 cst when Neal Cotts makes his 3rd career start (and 2nd against the Rangers) against Juan Dominguez who is also making his 3rd career start and 2nd against the Sox. The Sox will welcome newly acquired reliever Scott Sullivan who was acquired today from the Reds for a player to be named later. Sullivan has a 3.62 ERA and is holding opposing batters to a .211 average.

Tinkerer Update:
 Crede starts at 3rd after a few days off.

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