CHICAGO (AP) -- Kenny Rogers isn't afraid to get in a jam because
he is confident he can pitch his way out.
Rogers won his third straight start, tying for the major league
lead with his seventh win, and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago
White Sox 7-4 Tuesday night.
Rogers (7-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings,
struck out six and walked one. The 39-year-old left-hander, off to
his best start since 1995, joined Houston's Roger Clemens,
Anaheim's Jarrod Washburn and Cincinnati's Paul Wilson as the only
seven-game winners in the major leagues.
Rogers pitched out of his biggest jam in the fifth inning. With
two outs and runners at the corners, Rogers got Magglio Ordonez to
"That was a tough out to get," Rangers manager Buck Showalter
said. "That's probably the key out in the game there."
Rogers retired Ordonez on a pitch on the outside corner.
"I'm not afraid to get into a jam, not that I want to all the
time. I think I can make any pitch in any situation," Rogers said.
"I made the right adjustments after the second, when they were
taking very good swings. It could of been a short night, but I made
the right adjustment and threw quality pitches at the right time."
Francisco Cordero got four outs for his 15th save in as many
Chicago's Frank Thomas hit his 427th career homer, moving past
Billy Williams into sole possession of 32nd place on the career
Ordonez left after the seventh inning, when he strained his left
calf. He is day to day.
Scott Schoeneweis (4-2) gave up five runs and nine hits in
"Early in the game he had trouble," White Sox manager Ozzie
Guillen said. "He threw the ball around the plate and fell behind
in the count. Anytime you fall behind guys you are going to get
With the score 2-all in the fifth, Eric Young doubled, Michael
Young walked, and Eric Young stole third with one out. Teixeira hit
a high bouncer to third baseman Joe Crede as the go-ahead run
scored, and Perry followed with an RBI single.
Teixeira homered in the second, but Thomas homered in the bottom
half and Crede hit an RBI single. Perry's homer tied it in the
Rangers RHP Chan Ho Park is expected to miss his scheduled
start on Wednesday because of a sore lower back and be replaced by
RHP Joaquin Benoit (2-1, 5.40). ... The Rangers placed OFs Kevin
Mench and Brian Jordan on the 15-day disabled list and purchased
the contracts of Allen and Gary Matthews Jr. from Triple-A
Oklahoma. Allen started in left and Matthews started in right.