ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Rookie Juan Dominguez allowed seven hits in eight innings, and Mark Teixeira had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Texas Rangers over the Chicago White Sox 7-5 Monday night.

Dominguez (2-3) gave up two runs, struck out three and walked two in his 11th major league start.

Mark DeRosa and Kevin Mench homered for the Rangers, who have won five of seven on their 10-game homestand after a 1-12 trip that dropped them from contention.

Geoff Blum homered for the AL Central leaders, who have lost 10 of their last 15 and are 0-3 at Texas this year, getting outscored 25-8.

Chicago made four errors, matching its season high, three by second baseman Tadahito Iguchi. The three errors by Iguchi were the most by a White Sox player since shortstop Jose Valentin had four at Oakland on April 8, 2000.

Mark Buerhle (14-7) gave up seven runs – four earned – and nine hits in seven innings. He came in 7-0 with a 2.21 ERA in 10 career appearances against Texas. Down 7-2, Chicago closed in the ninth off Steve Karsay on Juan Uribe’s RBI single, Scott Podsednik’s run-scoring grounder and Iguchi’s RBI single.

With on one, Doug Brocail retired Carl Everett on a groundout for his first save since Aug. 17 last year against Cleveland.

Texas opened the first with three straight hits, including Michael Young’s RBI double, and Alfonso Soriano added a sacrifice.

DeRosa’s fifth homer, a two-out drive off the top of the right-field fence in the second, made it 3-0. DeRosa added an RBI double in the fourth, and Mark Teixeira had a two-run single made it 6-0. Teixeira has 101 RBIs, becoming the fifth Texas player to reach 100 in consecutive seasons.

Iguchi dropped Phil Nevin’s popup and a dropped throw from Uribe at shortstop on Young’s grounder, making all three runs unearned.

Blum hit a two-run homer in the fifth, ending a 22-inning scoreless streak by Texas starters. It was the first AL homer for Blum, acquired from San Diego on July 31.

Mench hit his 23rd homer in the bottom half.

Notes: With a left-hander starting, Alfonso Soriano was Texas’ cleanup hitter for the fifth time this season. Hank Blalock, who has been the primary cleanup hitter, batted seventh for the second time this year.

AP-ES-08-29-05 2238EDT


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