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White Sox, Humber turn back Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Philip Humber pitched six strong innings, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn homered, and the depleted White Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Saturday night for their fifth straight victory.

The first-place Sox, who widened their lead on the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central to 2 ½ games, haven't lost since getting swept in a three-game series in Detroit last weekend.

Konerko hit his 17th homer with Dunn on first to give the Sox a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Eduardo Escobar, starting at short in place of sore-wristed Alexei Ramirez, had two doubles and an RBI. And Jordan Danks, filling in for the other sore-wristed Sox, Alejandro De Aza, singled and scored and made a very good running catch near the wall in left-center.

But the most significant individual highlight was the six strong innings from Humber, who bounced back from a rough outing against the Tigers by holding the Rangers to one run on four hits. Humber (5-5) strck out four and walked two.

Jesse Crain left Humber baserunners on the corners in the seventh by getting two strikeouts, then watching left fielder Dayan Viciedo make a sliding catch of Ian Kinsler's blooper.

The Sox (55-45) have had their way with the two-time defending AL champion Rangers, beating them five straight times and in six of eight this season.

Dunn's homer against Matt Harrison (12-6) was his 11th this season against a left-hander. He hit 11 combined against righties and lefties last season. Dunn leads the majors with 31 homers this year.

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