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Official Recap: White Sox 5, Rangers 3

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Alexei Ramirez hit the tie-breaking home run in the sixth inning to carry Chicago past Texas, 5-3, in the finale of a three-game set.

Carlos Quentin doubled to drive in a run and scored twice and Mark Kotsay added a pair of hits and drove in a run for the White Sox, who have won 14 of their last 18 games.

Mark Buehrle (7-7) earned the win with seven inning innings of work during which he yielded three runs on five hits without a walk or strikeout for Chicago, which has claimed nine of its last 12 road contests.

Scott Feldman (5-8) took the loss after allowing five runs — four earned — on eight hits over six frames. He walked one and struck out one for the Rangers, who have fallen in three of their last four games.

The visitors struck first in the second inning when Quentin reached on a Michael Young fielding error and scored when Kotsay followed with a double to right field.

Texas took its first lead of the night on a two-run home run by Josh Hamilton that followed a Vladimir Guerrero single in the bottom of the fourth.

Ramirez started the fifth with a walk and Brent Lillibridge followed with a base hit. Both runners advanced on a Juan Pierre sacrifice bunt, and a ground out by Dayan Viciedo, who replaced an injured Omar Vizquel in the third inning, brought home Ramirez to tie the game.

The Rangers regained the lead in the home half on a solo shot by Julio Borbon.

Back-to-back doubles by Paul Konerko and Quentin to open the sixth got the game even again. Feldman got the next two hitters to ground out only to give up a two-run home run to Ramirez that put the visitors back on top 5-3.

J.J. Putz took over for Buehrle and retired all three hitters he encountered in the eighth inning and gave way in the ninth to Matt Thornton, who was named to his first All-Star team earlier in the day.

The southpaw walked Ian Kinsler to start the frame before navigating his way through the heart of the order and retiring Guerrero, Hamilton and Nelson Cruz to end the game and earn his fifth save of the season.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.