Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 5/9)

Game 1: Monday, May 6
Chicago 5Final
Texas 6
Game 2: Tuesday, May 7
Chicago 11Final
Texas 6
Game 3: Wednesday, May 8
Chicago 5Final
Texas 3
Game 4: Thursday, May 9
Chicago 1Final
Texas 4

White Sox 1

(21-14, 9-10 away)

Rangers 4

(15-19, 8-11 home)

    3:05 PM ET, May 9, 2002

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: J. Benoit (1-0)

    L: T. Ritchie (3-3)

    S: H. Irabu (8)

    Benoit records first career victory in second start

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Joaquin Benoit planned to celebrate his first career win by taking a long nap. He earned it.

    Called up by the Texas Rangers as a late fill-in starter, Benoit got less than three hours of sleep before allowing one run and four hits over six innings in a 4-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

    "I'm going back to my hotel room and get some sleep," Benoit said. "But it didn't do a lot of damage I guess. I got a win."

    Benoit (1-0) retired the last 10 batters he faced, but left after 105 pitches. He struck out three and walked three.

    "In the first couple of innings, I was trying to do too much, but those last three innings, I was getting my energy back," Benoit said. "As the game went on, I got more consistent in my pitches."

    Hector Ortiz hit his first career homer, and John Rocker, Rudy Seanez and Hideki Irabu all pitched perfect innings in relief for the Rangers.

    Benoit was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma after Ismael Valdes was scratched because of stiffness in his back.

    Instead of pitching for the RedHawks as scheduled Thursday, the 22-year-old right-hander spent most of the night getting to Texas for his second major league start.

    "He walked into the clubhouse about 9:30 this morning right off the plane," said Rangers manager Jerry Narron. "He got outs when he needed to. I would have liked his command to be a little better, but it's all about getting outs."

    Ortiz, the backup catcher to Bill Haselman while 10-time All-Star Ivan Rodriguez is on the disabled list, homered in the second inning -- in his 250th career at-bat -- to tie the game at 1. That came in the same inning he prevented a run with a defensive play.

    "It was a great day," Ortiz said. "We got a good pitching performance from Joaquin and the bullpen and I came up with my first homer. I can't ask for more than that."

    In the top of the second, Ortiz had to come off the plate to catch a relay throw from Alex Rodriguez. Paul Konerko, trying to score from first on Carlos Lee's double, slid to the inside but Ortiz made a sweeping tag to keep Konerko from touching the plate.

    "I thought I was going to have it at the plate," Konerko said.

    Lee scored on Mark Johnson's RBI single, but that was the only run allowed by a quartet of Texas pitchers.

    Irabu came on for his eighth save in nine chances. Irabu is 1-0 with seven saves his last eight appearances. The Rangers retired the final 19 batters after Magglio Ordonez's two-out single in the third inning. "They had our number," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said.

    Todd Ritchie (3-3), who hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his eight starts, allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. Ritchie is 0-3 in day games.

    Frank Catalanotto led off the seventh with his first homer of the season. Ritchie then struck out Michael Young, but was pulled after Rodriguez singled.

    Rusty Greer's two-out RBI single in the third gave Texas a 2-1 lead. That scored Young, who led off with a single before a stolen base and a wild pitch.

    Gabe Kapler's sacrifice fly in the eighth made it 4-1. It was his fourth RBI in four games after driving in one in his first 24 games.

    The Rangers turned an impressive double play after Kenny Lofton's leadoff walk in the third. Rodriguez stabbed Ray Durham's grounder up the middle and used a backhanded flip to get to the ball to Young, who made a barehanded grab as he tagged second before throwing to first. Haselman got the day off after starting for the 19th time in 21 games the previous night. It was just the fourth appearance in Texas for the 32-year-old Ortiz, who played in 86 games for Kansas City from 1998-2001 but was in the minors when the Rangers acquired him April 26.

    Game notes

    The White Sox missed a chance to tie idle Minnesota for first place in the AL Central. They are still 21-14, a seven-game improvement over the same point last year. ... Chicago's Jose Valentin had a seven-game hitting streak snapped. He was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. ... Benoit was the 15th pitcher used by Texas this season, and the eighth to start a game. ... In his other major league start, last Aug. 8 in a 19-6 loss against Detroit, Benoit gave up six runs and eight hits -- including three homers -- and left with the game tied 6-6.

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