Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/26)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 25
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Chi White Sox4
Game 2: Wednesday, May 26
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Chi White Sox4
Game 3: Thursday, May 27
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Chi White Sox9

Rangers 0

(26-19, 10-10 away)

White Sox 4

(26-19, 14-9 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 26, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: E. Loaiza (6-3)

    L: J. Benoit (2-2)

    Loaiza strikes out nine batters

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Esteban Loaiza is showing his 2003 form.

    Loaiza allowed two hits and struck out nine in eight innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

    Loaiza (6-3) struck out Alfonso Soriano in the fourth inning for his 1,000th career strikeout and struck out the side in the fifth. He retired eight straight batters between the fifth and seventh innings.

    The right-hander, who was runner-up to Roy Halladay for the AL Cy Young last season, has pitched at least seven innings in four straight starts. He has a 3.19 ERA in his last 31 innings.

    "The way I felt today was the way I felt last year when I was pitching," Loaiza said. "My velocity is back. I was looking at the video after the game and my last inning I was throwing 94, 95."

    Loaiza kept Texas hitters off-balanced by mixing up his changeup and cutter.

    "I want to be the same guy from last year," Loaiza said. "It's just one of the things that hitters are more aggressive on my cutter. I have to work on both sides of the plate a little extra."

    Hank Blalock went 0-for-3 against Loaiza and had a tough time figuring him out.

    "He made quality pitches. He changed speeds and worked different parts of the zone. I didn't see too many pitches against him. I swung early," said Blalock.

    Miguel Olivo and Frank Thomas hit solo homers for Chicago and Carlos Lee drove in two runs.

    Willie Harris and Juan Uribe reached on singles to start the game and Lee drove them both home with a single, extending his hitting streak to 13 games.

    Olivo homered on a 2-2 pitch from Rangers starter Joaquin Benoit (2-2) in the second inning.

    Thomas hit his 427th career home run leading off the third. It was his 10th of the season.

    Loaiza got help from right fielder Aaron Rowand and Olivo in the third inning after giving up his first hit of the game. Loaiza walked leadoff hitter Gary Matthews Jr. and retired the next two batters.

    Matthews tried to score from second on Michael Young's single, but was thrown out at the plate by Rowand. Matthews collided with catcher Olivo before reaching the plate.

    Rowand started in right for Magglio Ordonez, who missed the game with a strained left calf.<

    Benoit pitched four innings for Texas, giving up four runs on six hits with five strikeouts.< ^Notes: Texas was shut out for the first time this season. ... Before the game, the Rangers placed right-hander Chan Ho Park on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20. Right-hander reliever Rosman Garcia was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma to take Park's place on the roster. ... SS Jose Valentin snapped a string of seven straight strikeouts with a single in the eighth. ... The White Sox claimed right-hander Eduardo Villacis off waivers from Kansas City. Villacis was 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA with Double-A Wichita.

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