Series: Game 3 of 3

Texas won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, August 15
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Game 2: Saturday, August 16
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Game 3: Sunday, August 17
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White Sox 4

(63-61, 26-39 away)

Rangers 6

(57-67, 35-30 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 17, 2003

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: J. Powell (3-0)

    L: D. Marte (4-2)

    S: F. Cordero (11)

    A-Rod's 33rd homer leads Rangers to win

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox were more than ready to leave Texas at the end of a tough 1-6 road trip.

    Alex Rodriguez hit his 33rd homer and added a tiebreaking two-run triple in the seventh inning as the Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the White Sox with a 6-4 victory Sunday night.

    The White Sox lost their fifth in a row and fell three games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.

    Chicago opens a seven-game homestand Monday night against Anaheim. The White Sox, 26-39 on the road, have won 14 of their last 18 at U.S. Cellular Field.

    "It was a bad trip," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "But the good thing is we're only three games back with a lot of games left. I can't say that loud enough. I know we've got a good run left in us."

    The Rangers stretched their winning streak to five and pushed their record in August to a major league-best 12-4. They improved to 57-67, moving 10 games under .500 for the first time since they were 26-36 on June 10.

    "You want to find things to play for in August and September," Rodriguez said. "We want to make a difference. We owe it to everyone in the pennant races to play hard."

    Rodriguez, energized by the young players the Rangers are going with during the second half of the season, is 22-for-54 (.408) with eight homers in August.

    "I've been inspired," Rodriguez said. "It's been exciting to watch. We have a lot of energy out there. We're having some good at-bats. Our young guys have been pretty patient at the plate."

    With the game tied at 4, the Rangers put runners at first and second in the seventh on singles by Einar Diaz and Donnie Sadler.

    Rodriguez then hit a sinking liner to center field off Damaso Marte (4-2) that got past a diving Carl Everett and rolled to the warning track as both runners scored.

    "He (Marte) missed his location and the ball was hit hard," Manuel said. "When you make a mistake like that, you can't expect the ball to be caught."

    Marte allowed two runs and three hits over one inning.

    Jay Powell (3-0) allowed one hit in three scoreless innings of relief, and Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 11th save in 18 chances.

    Joe Crede homered for the White Sox.

    In a matchup of rookies making their second major league starts, Chicago's Neal Cotts lasted 5 2-3 innings and Texas' Juan Dominguez was gone after four.

    Cotts allowed four runs and five hits, struck out six and walked two.

    Dominguez gave up four runs and four hits, struck out five and walked two.

    In the third, Cotts walked Shane Spencer and then allowed RBI doubles to Mark Teixeira, Marcus Thames and Diaz as Texas went in front 3-0.

    Crede's 13th homer leading off the third pulled the White Sox within 3-1.

    The White Sox went in front 4-3 with a three-run fourth. Magglio Ordonez led off with a single and went to third on Everett's double. Paul Konerko grounded to Rodriguez at shortstop, who threw to third in an attempt to retire Everett while Ordonez scored the inning's first run. The throw beat Everett, but third base umpire Dan Iassogna called him safe, ruling that Everett slid in under Sadler's tag at third base.

    Jose Valentin's RBI double tied it, and Crede's groundout drove in Konerko to make it 4-3.

    Rodriguez's homer leading off the sixth tied it at 4.

    Game notes

    After the game, the Rangers outrighted RHP Robert Ellis to Triple-A Oklahoma. That opens a roster spot for RHP Ismael Valdes, who comes off the 15-day DL to start Monday night at Detroit. ...Everett's second hit of the night was the 1,000th of his career. ... Rangers third base coach Steve Smith was ejected by Iassogna in the bottom of the fourth when he argued with Iassogna over the tag play in the top of the inning. First base coach DeMarlo Hale moved to third and bench coach Don Wakamatsu took over at first. Smith has been ejected three times this season. ...The Rangers had their first sweep of three or more games against Chicago since taking three from the White Sox from May 26-28, 1992 in Arlington.

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