Rangers have won 5-of-6

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Rod Barajas hopes his career-high three
doubles put an end to his slump.

Barajas broke a tie with a two-run double in the eighth inning,
and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 on Tuesday

Barajas, 1-for-13 in his previous four games and 6-for-40 over a
12-game span, raised his average to .267. Despite the slump, the
veteran catcher has 12 homers and 37 RBI, both career bests.

"Everyone's going to go through this," said Barajas, who
started the season with a .212 career average. "You go through a
dry spell and you're not getting the hits you were early on, but
you can't hit the panic button. I've just tried to stay with the
same plan that I have all season."

With the game tied at 4 in the eighth, pinch-hitter Chad Allen
drew a leadoff walk from Damaso Marte (3-3). Mark Teixeira singled,
and both runners advanced on Laynce Nix's sacrifice.

Matthews was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Barajas
flared a double down the right-field line on the first pitch to put
the Rangers in front 6-4.

"I wanted to be aggressive," Barajas said. "I got that good
first pitch and wanted to take advantage of it."

Gary Matthews Jr. homered for the AL West-leading Rangers, who
have won five of six.

Chicago got homers from Paul Konerko, Jose Valentin and Carlos
Lee but dropped out of first place in the AL Central, a half-game
behind Minnesota.

Carlos Almanzar (7-1) got a double-play grounder and a strikeout
in the eighth for the win. Francisco Cordero struck out all three
batters in the ninth for his 29th save in 31 chances.

Rangers starter John Wasdin allowed three runs and four hits in
six-plus innings. Trying to secure a spot in an unsettled rotation,
he struck out five and walked two.

Wasdin, who has been used by Texas as a starter and reliever,
was making his first start since July 1 and fifth start of the
season. He had a 9.98 ERA in his previous four outings.

Wasdin allowed one run and two hits in the first six innings
before Carl Everett led off the seventh with a single and Konerko
followed with a two-run drive to pull the White Sox to 4-3.

"I was really hoping to go deep in the game for myself and the
team," Wasdin said. "It was a nice win."

Valentin's leadoff homer in the eighth off Frank Francisco tied
it at 4.

But the White Sox couldn't take the lead, and lost for the ninth
time in their last 14 games.

"We had the momentum going, but then it swung the other way and
it snowballed from there," Konerko said. "We were able to make a
game of it, but a loss is not good."

The White Sox have a chance to make a real impact on the AL
Central race over the next month. Chicago plays 22 straight games
against the rest of the division, starting Wednesday night in

"We know the race is close," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Now
we're going to start playing our division and we can gain ground or
lose ground. It's time to worry about it. But we think we can

Texas took a 2-0 lead in the second against White Sox starter
Jon Garland when Nix walked and Matthews hit his seventh homer.

Teixeira's RBI double in the third made it 3-0. Lee's homer in
the fourth cut it to 3-1.

David Dellucci's run-scoring single in the fourth pushed Texas'
lead to 4-1.

Garland allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. He
struck out seven and walked one.

Game notes
Lee has 133 homers for the White Sox, tying him with Minnie
Minoso for ninth on the club's career list. Lee has eight homers in
July. ... RF Magglio Ordonez was removed from Chicago's starting
lineup, but he pinch-hit in the seventh and was intentionally
walked. Ordonez played in his 1,000th career game. ... Nix had his
second career sacrifice, first of the season. ... Matthews has
homered in consecutive games for the third time in his career. ...
Teixeira's streak of five straight games with a homer was snapped.
He shares the club record with Everett and Alex Rodriguez.