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.

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PHOENIX -- The red-hot White Sox ran into Zack Greinke on Monday night.

He cooled them off in a hurry.

Greinke struck out 12 hitters and Daniel Descalso blasted a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez as the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the White Sox to a 5-1 loss in front of 18,333 at Chase Field. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the White Sox, who had scored 24 runs in their final two games against the Seattle Mariners.

“(Greinke) keeps the ball down out of the zone a lot,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s kind of enticing. He keeps the ball in the hitter’s area and it ends up falling out. It’s one of those things that you’ve got to try to get him up. Our approach was to try to make him throw a lot of strikes. He ended up hammering the strike zone early and then finally he just came into a groove.”

Descalso’s three-run shot off Gonzalez was one of two pitches the White Sox right-hander would have liked back. After Gonzalez walked Chris Owings with two outs in the fourth inning, his only free pass of the night, he left the curveball over the middle and Descalso deposited it in the right-center field stands to break a scoreless tie.

He also left a pitch up to Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning and the All-Star first baseman ripped it for a solo shot.

But overall Gonzalez rebounded from his previous two starts when he walked nine batters. He was sharp for three innings as he faced one over the minimum. He just missed to Owings in the fourth, which brought up Descalso.

Gonzalez allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five innings.

“You see what happens when you walk guys,” Gonzalez said. “That wasn’t in a good situation to walk the guy. You have to keep grinding, keep making my pitches. Really two pitches were the ones that hurt me tonight. A lot of positives. Nothing to worry about. Keep working hard and things are going to go my way.

“Sometimes things don’t go your way. Those two pitches, if I take those back, you never know. It’s a different ballgame.”

Not only did Greinke strike out a dozen hitters, he limited the White Sox to four hits in 8 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez had two hits, the first coming after Greinke opened the game by retiring seven straight batters. Leury Garcia homered off Greinke with one out in the fifth inning to break up his bid for a shutout.

It was quite the turnaround from when the White Sox bashed Yovani Gallardo and Chris Heston on consecutive days in Seattle. The White Sox scored a combined nine first-inning runs in winning three of four against the Mariners.