ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Now that the Texas Rangers appear to be
out of playoff contention, their pitching is showing signs of
Dominguez (2-3) allowed two runs, struck out three and walked
two in his 11th major league start.
Texas starters have struggled much of the season, with only one
remaining in the rotation from the start of the season, left-hander
Kenny Rogers. Over the last seven games, Rangers' starters have
compiled a 1.23 ERA.
Dominguez has a 2.33 ERA in his last three starts.
"Of course it gives me more confidence," he said through an
interpreter. "I'm throwing more pitches every outing and getting
more out of my fastball, curveball and changeup."
Geoff Blum homered for the AL Central leaders, who have lost 10
of their last 15 and are 0-3 at Texas this year, getting outscored
Chicago made four errors, matching its season high, three by
second baseman Tadahito Iguchi. The three errors by Iguchi were the
most by a White Sox player since shortstop Jose Valentin had four
at Oakland on April 8, 2000.
Iguchi found a frying pan hanging in his locker after the game,
a joke from teammates referring to his "iron glove" performance.
"More than forget about it, I want to make sure it never
happens again," Iguchi said through an interpreter. "I'm out
there trying to make a positive play and it turns out to be a
Mark Buehrle (14-7) gave up seven runs -- four earned -- and nine
hits in seven innings. He came in 7-0 with a 2.21 ERA in 10 career
appearances against Texas. Down 7-2, Chicago closed in the ninth
off Steve Karsay on Juan Uribe's RBI single, Scott Podsednik's
run-scoring grounder and Iguchi's RBI single.
"Bad defense. (Iguchi) will be the first to tell you," Buehrle
said. "But he's made great plays all year long."
Buehrle noted that the Rangers had been struggling on the road
before returning to their hitter-friendly ballpark.
"They don't play good on the road, but here every hitter is
Babe Ruth," Buehrle said.
At least Buehrle was able to give manager Ozzie Guillen seven
innings, saving the White Sox bullpen for Tuesday's doubleheader.
"The best things we've done all year is pitching and defense,"
Guillen said. "Hopefully we can turn the page."
Texas opened the first with three straight hits, including
Young's RBI double, and Alfonso Soriano added a sacrifice fly.
DeRosa's fifth homer, a two-out drive off the top of the
right-field fence in the second, made it 3-0. DeRosa added an RBI
double in the fourth, and Teixeira had a two-run single made it
6-0. Teixeira has 101 RBI, becoming the fifth Texas player to
reach 100 in consecutive seasons.
Iguchi dropped Phil Nevin's popup and a dropped throw from Uribe
at shortstop on Young's grounder, making all three runs unearned.
Blum hit a two-run homer in the fifth, ending a 22-inning
scoreless streak by Texas starters. It was the first AL homer for
Blum, acquired from San Diego on July 31.
Mench hit his 23rd homer in the bottom half.
With a left-hander starting, Soriano was Texas' cleanup
hitter for the fifth time this season. Hank Blalock, who has been
the primary cleanup hitter, batted seventh for the second time this
year. ... Rangers closer Francisco Cordero was held out due to a
right triceps strain but is expected to be available on Tuesday.