Ramirez, White Sox blow past Rangers
Texas stays in AL West lead despite Chicago’s steady-hitting victory
ARLINGTON — Alexei Ramirez hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday night. Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin hit back-toback doubles in the sixth to tie it at 3 for Chicago. Two outs later, Ramirez lined a homer off starter Scott Feldman (5-8).
Playing before a near-sellout Fourth of July crowd of 45,020, the Rangers reached the midway point of the season at 48-33, their second-best record in club history at that point. The 1996 team was 4932. Texas, on pace to win 96 games, has a 31⁄ 2-game lead in the American League West.
Mark Buehrle (7-7) won for the fourth time in five starts to even his record for the first time since April 21. He allowed three runs — including homers by Josh Hamilton and Julio Borbon — and five hits over seven innings to improve his career record against Texas to 12-5.
Matt Thornton, who earned his