Humber holds off Rangers, White Sox win fifth straight

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Humber holds off Rangers, White Sox win fifth straight

ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- When choosing which play to run, rarely is the one where three starters are missing from the lineup the one you selected.

The White Sox won anyway on Saturday night.

They continued their domination of the Texas Rangers this season and extended their current winning streak to five games with a 5-2 victory in front of 47,580 at Rangers Ballpark.

Philip Humber (5-5) bounced back from a difficult start in Detroit with six strong innings and Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko homered to lead the White Sox, who were without Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez and A.J. Pierzynski.

The South Siders also increased their lead in the American League Central to 2 12 games over the Detroit Tigers.

Five days after he allowed four home runs in three-plus innings in Detroit, Humber bounced back in a big way.

He didnt allow a hit until the fourth inning as he faced two over the minimum through three innings.

Once Humber did allow men on base, he found away out of too much trouble against the second-highest scoring offense in the majors. He started the fourth inning with a single and a walk but struck out David Murphy and got Michael Young to ground into a double play.

An inning later, Humber allowed a leadoff solo homer to Mike Napoli and Leonys Martin doubled. But Humber retired the next three hitters he faced to preserve a 5-1 lead.

Humber limited Texas -- which was minus a struggling Josh Hamilton -- to a run, four hits and two walks in six-plus innings.

The White Sox didnt appear to mind they were without a third of their regulars.

Dunn singled with one out in the fourth inning before Konerko launched a 416-foot drive to left off Rangers starter and All-Star Matt Harrison (12-6).

An inning later, Jordan Danks, who filled in for De Aza, singled and scored on an RBI double by Eduardo Escobar, who played for Ramirez. Escobar, who doubled again in the seventh, was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple but gave the Sox a 3-0 advantage.

Kevin Youkilis then walked against Harrison ahead of Dunns 407-foot home run to dead center, his 31st.

Dunns last three home runs have come against left-handed pitching and he has 11 homers against Southpaws this season after hitting 11 total in 2011.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Tim Anderson gives revealing interview about his first season

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Tim Anderson gives revealing interview about his first season

In this episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast, shortstop Tim Anderson joins the podcast and gives a revealing interview with Chuck Garfien about his first season with the White Sox and how adversity he faced in high school still drives him today.

Dan Hayes calls in from Arizona to break down the White Sox-Cubs game. They talk about Lucas Giolito’s White Sox debut, Jose Abreu’s first home run of the spring and the latest Jose Quintana rumors.

CSN’s Siera Santos talks about her conversations with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs meet in spring training

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