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             === White Sox clip Rangers in rain-shortened game ===
 Chicago,  IL (  - Tyler Flowers finished a double shy of the
 cycle  and  drove in  three runs as  the White  Sox earned a  5-3 win over the
 Rangers in a rain-shortened series opener in Chicago.
 The game was played through a persistent rain until finally being called after
 the top of the seventh inning.
 Hector  Noesi (6-8) went all seven frames and earned his first career complete
 game against his former team, which waived him back in April.
 Nick  Martinez  (1-8) remained winless  since May  after allowing five runs on
 eight hits and three walks over five-plus innings.
 "The  rain didn't  affect  me at  all,"  Martinez  said. "This  is  a game  of
 adversity. You have to be able to deal with adversity to pitch at this level."
 Rougned  Odor hit a two-run homer for the Rangers and Adrian Beltre drove in a
 run and nearly went deep in the fifth inning.
 Adam  Eaton brought  back Beltre's potential homer, however, with a perfectly-
 timed  leaping  grab at the center-field  wall, and Flowers led off the bottom
 half with a game-tying solo blast.
 "(Martinez) left a slider up in the zone," Flowers said. "I was just trying to
 put it in play."
 Flowers  stepped in with  runners on second and third in the sixth and laced a
 base  hit to center to bring in both runners for a 5-3 Chicago lead, and Texas
 was dealt a fourth straight loss when play was halted after a lengthy delay.
 Beltre  singled  in Elvis Andrus  in the Rangers'  first at-bat, and Odor went
 deep in the second after a Noesi error extended the inning.
 Jose  Abreu  drove in two runs  with a single  to center in the third. Flowers
 tripled  off  the top of  the right-field wall  while Eaton and Alexei Ramirez
 both earned walks prior to the rookie knocking in his 85th and 86th runs.
                                   Game Notes
 Noesi  struck out six and allowed four hits, three walks and three runs -- one
 earned  ... Eaton  extended his hitting streak  to 11 games ... White Sox left
 fielder  Alejandro De  Aza left the game  due to an injured knee ... Texas has
 dropped  seven in a row  on the road ... Martinez  is 0-7  in 10 starts  since
 winning his only decision  on May 24 ... Chicago is 8-1  in its last nine home
 games against Texas.
 08/05 02:34:29 ET

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