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G118: Rangers salvage finale, shut out White Sox, 10-0

Now this is more like it. Avoiding a record fifth loss in a row, and a sweep to the Chisox (shudder), we broke out and won 10-0.
This game seemed like ours from the start. We scored in every inning except the 5th and 6th. We went up 1-0 in the first inning, and it turns out that’s all we needed.
Esteban Loaiza pitched like he’s capable of, throwing eight innings, allowing no runs on only 5 hits. He looked good, sharp, and is the kind of pitcher we wanted him to be when he came here last year. I’m really hoping (along with everyone else, I’m sure) he can keep this up, and this is the kind of pitching we get from him. He almost got decapitated in the first inning when Frank Thomas had a screaming liner right as his head. However, Esteban ducked out of the way and caught it – a very impressive play.
Rusty Greer had yet another home run in Chicago – that brings his total there to about a million. :) Pudge had two home runs in this game too, increasing his home run total this year to 26, I believe.
Danny Kolb pitched the 9th, allowing just one hit and preserving the shutout. We looked good yesterday – we needed that going into Cleveland tonight where I’m hoping we can come away with a split. I don’t have a particularly good feeling right now.

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