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Four-run sixth lifts White Sox

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Freddy Garcia wasn't at full strength in
his first start in over two weeks. He was good enough, though, to
lead the Chicago White Sox to their fifth win in six games.

Garcia pitched five solid innings and Carlos Lee hit a
tiebreaking RBI single in Chicago's four-run sixth, leading the
White Sox to a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

"I'm not 100 percent," Garcia said. "I'm 75, 80 percent.
That's the best way I can pitch. When I'm 100 percent, things don't
always go well for me."

Garcia (11-10) allowed one run and three hits in his first start
since Aug. 22, when he developed tightness in his right forearm. He
struck out eight and walked two, improving to 7-3 for Chicago since
he was acquired from Seattle on June 27.

Garcia must rebuild his arm strength, so he didn't have his best
fastball. That forced him to depend more on his other pitches, and
the formula was successful.

"His velocity wasn't always in the 90s, so he pitched better.
He had to throw more strikes," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But I
don't care how hard he throws. He put zeros on the board."

Ben Davis homered and Timo Perez hit a two-run double for the
White Sox, who remained 8½ games behind first-place Minnesota in
the AL Central.

Shingo Takatsu got four outs for his 17th save in 18 chances.

Kevin Mench homered as Texas lost for the eighth time in 10
games.

With the game tied at 1, Willie Harris and Aaron Rowand opened
the sixth with singles off John Wasdin (2-4). Lee drove in Harris
from second with an RBI single to put the White Sox in front.

After Paul Konerko flied out, Carl Everett's hard grounder got
through the legs of first baseman Mark Teixeira for an error as
Rowand scored from third to make it 3-1.

Perez's double just inside the first-base bag drove in two more
to chase Wasdin and give Chicago a 5-1 advantage.

"It was nice to jump out there like that and give Freddy a
chance to win," Rowand said.

Wasdin gave up five runs and seven hits, struck out three and
didn't issue a walk. He pitched well enough to keep the Rangers in
the game before the four-run sixth.

"I couldn't seem to get that easy groundball or the lazy
flyball to get out of the inning," Wasdin said. "That inning kind
of put the nail in the coffin, so to speak."

Mench's 20th homer in the seventh off Neal Cotts pulled the
Rangers within 5-2.

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the third on Alfonso Soriano's RBI
triple.

Wasdin retired 13 straight before Davis' solo homer in the fifth
tied it at 1. The ball barely cleared the railing in the
right-field corner.

Texas batters struck out 15 times as the Rangers missed another
chance to gain ground in the AL West.

"Fifteen strikeouts pretty much slaps you in the face," Texas
manager Buck Showalter said. "I give a lot of credit to the White
Sox pitchers but, at the same time, it's something we'll talk
about."

Game notes
The White Sox didn't want Garcia to pitch much more than 80
pitches, and he finished with 88. ... Kenny Rogers will start for
Texas on three days' rest Saturday night against Toronto. Chan Ho
Park, originally scheduled for Saturday, will pitch Sunday night
against the Blue Jays. Rogers threw only 85 pitches in Tuesday
night's 10-3 victory over the White Sox and told manager Buck
Showalter he'd be available on short rest. ... Everett sustained a
strained muscle in his upper thigh when he slid into second in the
sixth inning with a stolen base, his first since August 2003. He
was removed for a pinch runner. Guillen said Everett will probably
miss a few games. ... Soriano's wild throw to first in the seventh
was his 23rd error, most by AL second basemen.