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Greene, Jones and Blalock HR in Rangers' win

8/17/2003

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Chicago White Sox manager Jerry Manuel
preferred to look at the positive side of a disheartening loss.

Todd Greene hit a three-run homer, Jason Jones and Hank Blalock
added two-run shots as the Texas Rangers rallied after wasting an
early five-run lead to beat the White Sox 12-8 Saturday.

"We've knew we'd hit a bump in the road," Manuel said after
his team lost its fourth straight. "The good thing is we're still
right there."

Chicago is tied with Minnesota for second in the AL Central, two
games behind Kansas City in the AL Central. The Royals were beaten
by the Twins 14-5.

"No excuses," Chicago's Jose Valentin said. "We didn't do
enough and now we're tied with Minnesota. We can't afford this.
We've got to take advantage of these situations."

The Rangers scored nine runs in three innings against White Sox
starter Bartolo Colon (10-11) as Texas improved its record in
August to a major league-best 11-4.

"People who fold when you're out of it aren't in the big
leagues anymore," Greene said. "We stunk in June but we can have
an impact on the races and we are."

Colon, 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA in his previous five starts, tied a
career high for runs allowed. He gave up seven hits, struck out
five and walked three.

"He struggled more with his command than anything else,"
Manuel said. "To get hit that hard, it indicates to me that he was
missing his spots. We're going to need a better effort out of him
than we got tonight."

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was disappointed that his
team didn't get better production from Colon.

"If anybody had asked me before the game, I'd have bet on our
guy," Cooper said. "It's real bad timing. Every start is
important for him and all our starters."

Sandy Alomar went 2-for-4 and had three RBI for the White Sox,
who've dropped five of six.

The White Sox rallied from five runs down in the first inning to
take a 6-5 lead in the third.

But Texas fought back with a four-run third, grabbing a 9-6 edge
on RBI doubles by Rafael Palmeiro and Laynce Nix and Jones' two-run
homer, his second.

"There was not a run scored in this game that was not
important," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "I didn't feel
comfortable until we got to the eighth."

Colon got into trouble in the first as the Rangers loaded the
bases, then got a two-run double from Mark Teixeira. Greene lined
his eighth homer into the left field seats to make it 5-0.

But the White Sox chased Rangers starter Robert Ellis when Ellis
failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in the third
inning.

Sandy Alomar connected leading off the third, and Carlos Lee had
a two-run homer, his 25th, to cut the deficit to 5-3.

Joaquin Benoit came on in relief and walked Brian Daubach to
load the bases. Benoit retired Paul Konerko on a fly ball, and got
the second out on Jose Valentin's grounder that resulted in a force
at the plate.

But Benoit walked Joe Crede to force in a run, then Sandy Alomar
hit a two-run double to give Chicago a 6-5 advantage.

Benoit (8-5) benefited from Texas' four-run third to post his
second straight victory in long relief since being removed from the
rotation on Aug. 7.

The Rangers kept up the pressure against reliever Dan Wright in
the fourth, stretching their lead to 12-6 on Blalock's two-run shot
and Palmeiro's second RBI double of the night. Konerko's RBI double
in the seventh pulled the White Sox within 12-7 and ended Benoit's
outing.

Later in the seventh, Valentin's RBI single off Erasmo Ramirez
narrowed Texas' lead to 12-8.

Benoit, 3-0 in four relief appearances this season, allowed
three runs and five hits over 4 1-3 innings.

"I thought Benoit was the key to the game, to come in and be
able to throw extended innings," Showalter said.

Game notes
Colon has given up nine runs three times, the most recent
in June of 2001. ... Colon had his shortest outing since going 1
1-3 innings in October of 2001. ... Ellis was making his third
start since he was promoted from the minors on July 21. He allowed
five runs and six hits over two-plus innings. ...Roberto Alomar was
2-for-5 after going 1-for-20 at the start of the roadtrip.