American League Game Summary - Chicago at Texas|
(Saturday, July 28th)
Final Score: Chicago 5, Texas 2
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Adam Dunn clubbed his major league-leading
31st homer and Paul Konerko also cranked a two-run shot, as the White Sox
topped Texas, 5-2, in a battle of division leaders.
Philip Humber (5-5) pitched six-plus innings and allowed four hits, including
a homer to Mike Napoli in the fifth inning, and won for the third time in his
last four starts.
Eduardo Escobar had a pair of doubles and an RBI for the AL Central leaders,
who won for a fifth straight time.
After the game, though, the White Sox traded Escobar and left-handed pitcher
Pedro Hernandez to the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Francisco Liriano.
"That's the ironic part of all of this. He gets an opportunity and plays well.
Guys are happy the way he played, but it's just part of the game," White Sox
manager Robin Ventura said of Escobar being traded.
The Rangers, who went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position, played
without slugger Josh Hamilton. Leonys Martin started in left field instead of
Hamilton, who has struggled this month, hitting just .145 in 19 games.
Matt Harrison (12-6) yielded seven hits and five runs over seven frames to
drop his second straight start for the AL West leaders.
Dunn had an infield hit in the fourth inning, and Konerko followed with a
homer to left.
With men on first and second in the bottom half, Humber got Michael Young to
ground into an inning-ending double play.
Jordan Danks singled with one out in the fifth and Escobar followed with a
double to center field. He was thrown out trying to stretch the RBI hit into a
triple. Harrison then walked Kevin Youkilis, and Dunn followed with a towering
homer to center for a 5-0 lead.
Napoli led off the bottom half of the fifth with a homer to center, but Texas
wasted an opportunity with a man on third later that inning and again in the
seventh. With men at the corners in the seventh, Ian Kinsler sent a fly ball
to left field, but Dayan Viciedo made a sliding catch.
"We can't keep leaving guys out there. We have to get guys in," Young said.
Napoli's sharp groundout up the middle plated David Murphy in the ninth.
Konerko tied Eddie Collins (1,065) for fourth place in franchise history in
runs scored...Chicago has won five in a row against Texas...Dunn has 3956
07/29 00:27:24 ET