ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- C.J. Wilson earned his first win at any
level since 2003, then learned he wasn't staying at the major
The rookie left-hander pitched five strong innings of relief,
Mark Teixeira drove in six runs and hit a pair of two-run homers
off 16-game winner Jon Garland, and the Texas Rangers beat the
Chicago White Sox 8-6 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Wilson (1-6) had been winless in 12 major league appearances and
in six minor league decisions this season. He missed the entire
2004 season recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery.
After the game, the Rangers optioned Wilson to Double-A Frisco
to create a roster spot for Edison Volquez, who started the second
game. Rangers manager Buck Showalter said Wilson would be back with
the Rangers next week when rosters are expanded to 40.
"The good news on C.J. is that he pitched real well. He was a
real difference maker," Showalter said. "The bad news is we sent
him down, but he'll be back on Monday."
Wilson allowed one run and two hits for his first major league
"I didn't even have a win in the minors, so getting a win up
here is nice," Wilson said. "Your job is to win games. I hadn't
won, so it was frustrating."
Teixeira's 33rd and 34th homers gave him six multihomer games
this season and 10 in his career. He also matched his season high
The Rangers have won six of eight on their 10-game homestand.
Teixeira's two-run shot in the fourth off Garland (16-8) gave
Texas the lead for good at 7-5.
"He hit great pitches," Garland said of Teixeira. "I don't
think any other guy hits those two pitches out."
Garland, who started the day second in the AL in wins, allowed
eight runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. He had
his shortest outing of the season and is 1-4 in his last seven
"Garland threw the ball real poorly," White Sox manager Ozzie
Guillen said. "He wasn't throwing strikes. Today was one of those
days he didn't have it."
Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 29th save in 36
Aaron Rowand had three hits and three RBI for Chicago. Paul
Konerko also had three hits for the AL Central leaders, who have
lost 11 of 16 overall and are 0-4 at Texas this year, having been
Geoff Blum's two errors led to three unearned runs, giving the
White Sox six errors in the last two games.
The White Sox got RBI singles in the first against Joaquin
Benoit from Carl Everett and Konerko, but the Rangers tied it in
the bottom of the inning on Teixeira's first two-run drive.
Chicago went back in front 3-2 in the second on Blum's
run-scoring single. Texas answered with a three-run second with the
help of Blum's error.
Gary Matthews Jr. walked and went to second when Blum booted Rod
Barajas' grounder. David Dellucci followed with an RBI single and
Teixeira added a two-run double to make it 5-3.
"It really jams me," Garland said. "When I give it right
back, it takes the air out of the guys."
Benoit couldn't hold the lead in the third as the White Sox tied
it at 5 on Rowand's two-run single.
Wilson began the fourth after Benoit allowed five runs and nine
hits in three innings.
Rowand's run-scoring single pulled the White Sox within 7-6, but
Texas added another unearned run off Garland with the help of
Blum's second error.
Blum misplayed Alfonso Soriano's grounder for a two-base error,
and Soriano scored on Adrian Gonzalez's single for an 8-6 lead.
Willie Harris, called up from Triple-A Charlotte before the
game, got the start at second base instead of Tadahito Iguchi, who
made three errors on Monday night. Iguchi pinch hit for Harris in
the eighth, drawing a walk after Harris went 0-for-2. ... The
doubleheader was necessary to make up a rainout on May 28. ...
Wilson's last victory was on July 9, 2003, while a member of the