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Recap: Rangers , White Sox
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Game: 1
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field
Date: August 19, 2011 8:10 PM EDT
  

CHICAGO (AP) - Jake Peavy is still waiting to get back to the form that made him a Cy Young Award winner.

Josh Hamilton hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, Mitch Moreland added two homers, a three-run shot in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth, and the Texas Rangers beat Peavy and the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Friday night.

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Moreland tied a career-high with five RBIs for the Rangers, who rallied for their 10th win in 12 games despite another shaky performance from starter Matt Harrison.

Rangers reliever Yoshinori Tateyama (2-0) pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings for the victory and Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth for his 25th save in 31 chances.

The White Sox have lost three of four and are five games behind central-leading Detroit.

Peavy (5-6) allowed seven runs and six hits in six innings. He is 0-4 in his last six outings at home.

``I can see flashes of who I want to be and who I have been in the past. Being able to maintain that has been hard to do, there is no doubt about it,' said Peavy. ``I do look forward to next year, but at the same time this team is not playing for next year, I'm playing for tonight, trying to find a way to win and I had good enough stuff to do that tonight.'

After making a great catch in the outfield in the fifth inning to rob Carlos Quentin, Hamilton led off the sixth with a towering home run to right. It was Hamilton's 16th of the season. Two outs later, Mike Napoli singled off Peavy and Moreland connected on a 2-0 pitch for his second homer of the game and 16th of the season to give the Rangers a 7-4 lead. It was Moreland's third career multihomer game.

``It was frustrating,' Peavy said. ``I just didn't get anyone out with two outs. It was frustrating because I had pretty good stuff tonight. When you have good stuff you don't expect that.'

Peavy couldn't hold a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, Michael Young hit a two-out single for the Rangers' first hit of the game. Nelson Cruz doubled off the wall in left to score Young from first. Peavy walked Napoli and Moreland followed with a three-run shot, giving the Rangers a 4-3 lead.

``Huge, real huge. Mike Napoli did a good job fighting for that walk and Mitch caught one. Once Mitch caught that one, the next thing you know, we got energized and started swinging the bats better,' Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Moreland was back in the lineup after missing Thursday's game with tightness in his right hamstring. Peavy didn't allow a home run in his previous seven starts.

``They just said be smart with it. I felt pretty good, I'm not really worried about it,' said Moreland.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen tried to get the most out of Peavy after he had to use the bullpen early in Thursday's loss to the Indians. Phil Humber left in the second inning after getting struck in the face by a line drive.

``My bullpen is very thin right now,' said Guillen. ``The bullpen has been overused the last couple of games I wanted to try to stay away from them.'

The White Sox came back in the fifth inning by taking advantage of shortstop Elvis Andrus' fielding error. With a runner on first, Juan Pierre placed a bunt right in front of catcher Yorvit Torrealba who threw a strike to Andrus covering second. But the ball went off his glove into center field, allowing Gordon Beckham to go to third. Brent Lillibridge followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4.

After a walk to Paul Konerko, Harrison was pulled for Tateyama, who was helped by Hamilton. With runners on first and second, Hamilton made a running catch into the center-field wall to rob Quentin. Tateyama ended the inning by getting Alexei Ramirez to pop out.

``He gets outs. He throws strikes and he gets out. He uses what his repertoire is. He has a good idea of reading hitters and he pitches accordingly,' Washington said.

Harrison lasted just 4 1-3 innings, allowing four runs - three earned - and four hits with three walks.

The White Sox tagged Harrison for two runs and three hits in the first inning. Pierre led off with a bunt for a single and stole second. After a walk to Konerko, Quentin doubled down the left-field line to score Pierre. Ramirez followed with a single to give the White Sox an early 2-0 lead.

The trouble continued for Harrison in the second. Brent Morel tripled off the wall in center and scored on Pierre's safety squeeze bunt.

Harrison gave up six runs in 5 1-3 innings in Sunday's 7-6 victory over Oakland.

NOTES: White Sox LHP John Danks, who is scheduled to start Saturday, is 5-1 with a 2.29 ERA (14 ER/55.0 IP) over his last nine starts, compared to 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA (41 ER/70.1 IP) in his first 11 starts. ... RHP Alexi Ogando will try to become the first Rangers starter to win 13 games this season and just the ninth Texas right-hander to reach that mark over the last 10 seasons in his start Saturday against the White Sox. ... Before Friday, the last time Peavy gave up a home run was June 30 in Colorado. ... Ramirez was ejected by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson after he argued a called third strike in the eighth.

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GAME 1
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Fri, Aug 19 Final 7 to 4
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Sat, Aug 20 Final 2 to 3
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