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Ivan's 2 Homers Lifts Texas


Ivan Rodriguez and Rusty Greer each homered twice as the Texas Rangers snapped their four-game losing streak, beating the Chicago White Sox 10-0 Sunday.

Greer led off the third with a home run and then hit another, his 13th, in the eighth following Rodriguez's first shot. It was Greer's first multihomer game this season and seventh of his career. Greer went 3-for-5 on the day.

Rodriguez extended a career-high with his 26th homer, a two-run shot, with two outs in the ninth. He has fourth multihomer games this year and eight in his career.

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  • Esteban Loaiza (5-1) won his fifth straight decision, giving up five hits and one walk, striking out five over eight innings. Danny Kolb pitched the ninth.

    The Rangers maintained a 4 1/2 game lead over Oakland, which beat Toronto on Sunday, in the AL West.

    Rodriguez scored on John Snyder's bases-loaded wild pitch in the first, and Tom Goodwin hit an RBI double in the second to go ahead 2-0.

    After Greer's leadoff homer in the third, Royce Clayton hit an RBI single to make it 4-0.

    Juan Gonzalez added an RBI single in the fourth to chase Snyder (9-8). Snyder gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks over 3 2-3 innings.

    Goodwin's sacrifice fly scored Todd Zeile to make it 6-0.

    Notes

  • Frank Thomas' sixth-inning double tied him with Harold Baines for third in team history with 314 doubles.
  • Rodriguez, who Saturday became the first catcher in major league history to steal 20 bases and homer 20 times in a season, kept second base as a souvenir.
  • Texas lost four straight June 12-15, June 19-22 and July 3-6.
  • Mark Clark, who has been on the disabled list since June 20 with a tender right elbow, threw off the mound Saturday for the first time. He reported no pain after the 10-minute session. He will throw again Monday.

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