Rangers cool off White Sox

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Nearly 40, Kenny Rogers is having one of
the best seasons of his career.

Rogers allowed three runs over seven innings, David Dellucci
keyed a seven-run second with a three-run double and the Texas
Rangers snapped the Chicago White Sox's four-game winning streak
with a 10-3 victory Tuesday night.

Rogers (16-7) is now one win shy of matching the most successful
season of his 16-year career -- 17-7 for the Rangers in 1995. He
gave up eight hits, struck out two and didn't walk a batter.

"He's a warrior," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He
gives you the best he's got every day."

The Rangers built a 10-1 lead after five innings, allowing
Rogers to be more aggressive.

"When you get that kind of effort from your offense, it
benefits you in a lot of ways," said Rogers, who had lost four of
his previous six decisions. "They gave me the ability to forget
the mistakes I made. One of my main focuses was not to walk guys. I
wanted to get our offense back out there to keep swinging the

Alfonso Soriano homered and Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with
three RBI for the Rangers, who have won just two of nine to drop
eight games back of Boston in the wild-card race entering Tuesday's

The Rangers bounced back from Monday's 7-4 loss to the White Sox
when Texas committed a season-high five errors.

"It was ugly but we tried to put it behind us," Teixeira said.
"Today was a new day and we did a good job when we were
struggling. At this point of the season, we'll take a win any way
we can get it."

Carl Everett had two doubles for the White Sox, who fell 8½
games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.

Soriano's 25th homer in the first inning gave Texas a 1-0 lead.
Chicago tied it on consecutive doubles by Everett and Joe Crede.

Texas got just three hits while scoring seven times against Jose
Contreras (12-8) in the second to open an 8-1 lead. Contreras
walked five and hit a batter during the inning.

Dellucci had a bases-loaded double and Laynce Nix added an RBI
single. Contreras issued bases-loaded walks to Hank Blalock and
Teixeira, and he hit Soriano with a pitch to force in another run.

Rangers batters like to swing early in the count, but they were
content to walk, forcing Contreras to throw strikes.

"I was real happy with our selectivity at the plate," manager
Buck Showalter said. "There's a fine line between selectivity and
aggressiveness and I liked the way we were patient."

Contreras was removed with two outs and the bases loaded. Rookie
Felix Diaz retired the side on a fly ball.

Contreras, 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA in his first eight starts for the
White Sox since he was acquired from the New York Yankees on July
31, allowed eight runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings, his shortest
outing with Chicago and second shortest of his career.

On June 2, Contreras gave up five runs while getting only two
outs against Baltimore in his shortest start of the season.

Contreras couldn't throw his fastball for strikes. The White Sox
want Contreras to rely more on the fastball than the forkball, his
out pitch earlier in his career.

"In the first inning I felt good," Contreras said through an
interpreter. "But in the second I couldn't control my fastball. It
was frustrating. If I can control the fastball, the other pitches
are better."

Guillen said Contreras "was pushing the ball and couldn't find
the plate. It was an ugly outing, but he's thrown the ball well for
us overall."

Teixeira's two-run single in the fifth off Jon Garland extended
the Rangers' lead to 10-1.

The White Sox cut the deficit to 10-3 in the seventh on
Everett's RBI double and Ben Davis' run-scoring single.

Game notes
Soriano had gone 22 games and 89 at bats without a homer.
He has three straight seasons with at least 25 homers. ... Michael
Young was in the Rangers' leadoff spot for the first time since
Aug. 1. ... Blalock broke an 0-for-23 stretch with a fifth-inning
single. ... Garland made his first relief appearance since the 2001
season. ... Every Rangers starter scored at least one run.