ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Colby Lewis is working on perfecting his
slider. It looked pretty good Friday night.
Lewis began using his slider in his last start Sunday against
Toronto. The 24-year old right-hander first tinkered with the pitch
after he was sent down to Triple A-Oklahoma in early June.
"It's still a work in progress," Lewis said. "I've been
trying to use it more. The fastball and the slider were really
working well. I was just trying to stay aggressive."
Michael Young homered and drove in three runs as Texas sent
Chicago to its third straight loss.
Lewis allowed four runs and seven hits in a season-high 7 2-3
innings to win his second straight start. He was relieved by Ron
Loaiza (15-6) came into Friday's game leading the AL with a 2.24
ERA. He allowed a season-high seven runs in five innings and had
his four-game winning streak snapped.
It was just the second time in 25 starts Loaiza has allowed five
or more runs in a game.
"That's a good hitting team and they've been swinging the bats
well," Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. "You always anticipate
some runs being scored here."
The Rangers led 8-0 after six innings, but the White Sox scored
two in the seventh and three more in the eighth.
Carl Everett went 1-for-4 with a homer in his return to Texas.
The Rangers traded Everett to the White Sox for three minor
leaguers on July 1.
He hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Mahay to bring Chicago
within 8-5. It was his 22nd home run of the season.
Lewis (6-7) struck out eight batters over the first four
innings. His previous career high for strikeouts in a game was
eight on April 5 against the Seattle Mariners.
"It was real encouraging to see a young pitcher come on like
that, especially with all the work he has done," Texas manager
Buck Showalter said.
Young hit a two-run homer in the sixth off reliever Jon Adkins.
Texas opened the scoring with three runs in the third. Blalock
had a two-run single and Palmeiro followed with a two-run double.
Young had a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Ramon Nivar,
who tripled leading off the inning.
The Rangers knocked Loaiza out of the game three batters into
the sixth inning. Mark Teixeira was hit by a pitch, Laynce Nix
singled and Jason Jones followed with a two-run double to end
"They seemed to know what was coming," Loaiza said. "Things
just didn't go my way tonight."
Two outs later, Young hit his 11th homer of the season off
Adkins to extend Texas' lead to 8-0.
Chicago scored a pair of runs in the seventh on Konerko's RBI
groundout and Joe Crede's RBI double.
Alomar was ejected by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi after he was
called on strikes to end the third inning. He slammed his bat down
at the plate after the call and was tossed after arguing with home
plate umpire Phil Cuzzi.
Nivar had an RBI single and Palmeiro added an RBI double in the
Texas OF Juan Gonzalez underwent an ultrasound test Friday
and a pocket of fluid was discovered next to the muscle in his
right calf. Head trainer Jamie Reed said after the game surgery
would be needed to remove the fluid. Gonzalez, who has been on the
15-day DL since July 23 with the calf injury, told the club he
wants a day or two to decide whether or not to have the procedure.
... Alomar was also called out on strikes in the first. ... Loaiza
was the last Texas pitcher to strike out 10 batters on April 16,
2000, against Cleveland -- a span of 595 games. ... Loaiza's ERA
rose from 2.24 to 2.55 ... Nix threw out Valentin trying to advance
from first to third on Crede's single to end the fifth.