Ramirez, White Sox blow past Rangers

Texas stays in AL West lead de­spite Chicago’s steady-hit­ting vic­tory

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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

Alexei Ramirez

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