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Texas-sized Win!

(May 7)

Short Take:  A Sox win streak!

After sleep-walking through three games in Anaheim, and looking equally-lethargic on Saturday in Texas, the Sox salvage the last two games of the six-game homestand and return home with a bit of momentum, taking 2 of 3 from the Rangers.  Monday afternoon's final score was 7-4, a make up game after Friday night's rainout.  Sox Fans love the new line up--we're winners again!

What separates the last two games from the previous four?  Just one word:  offense.  The Sox piled up another seven runs on Monday giving the pitchers enough wiggle room to pitch effectively and out of jams.  Just like Sunday's 10-5 victory, the Sox scored in the first inning and battled back to regain the lead in the middle innings.  Leading the attack was leftfielder Carlos Lee with a monster 3 for 4 performance, scoring twice and batting in three.  He got the offense started in the first inning doubling home two runs.  Unlike the anemic Sox play of the past month, El Caballo accomplished this feat with two out and runners in scoring position.  "Yeah, baby!"

Jerry Manuel was employing the kiddie corps on the mound.  Jon Garland hadn't a clue what to do with the lead and promptly kicked it away.  Still he left the game with the lead after Chris Singleton (!) doubled home two runs in the fourth inning.  Placing an exclamation point on the afternoon were Paul Konerko and Lee again with back-to-back dingers in the fifth inning, scoring three more Sox runs.  Game over!

Kip Wells, Lorenzo Barcelo Kelly Wunsch, Keith Foulke each had the same troubles Garland had getting pitches over the plate.  Sox pitchers walked nine batters.  Still, they all came through to preserve the lead, Barcelo and Wunsch each earning holds while Foulke got his sixth save.  The Rangers stranded 13 runners on base!  A pair of inning ending double plays in the fourth and eighth innings went a long way towards preserving the Sox victory.

Next up are the Haloes, a team the Sox owe big time after the pathetic effort shown last week in Anaheim.  The Sox are swinging the bats again!

Sox Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner

Carlos Lee

3 for 4 at the plate, including a double and a back-to-back dinger with Paul Konerko, El Caballo scored twice and batted in three.  That's no midget performance!

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