Carlton Fisk broke Johnny Bench's career home run record for catchers by hitting his 328th as the Chicago White Sox beat the Rangers, 4-2, for a split of yesterday's twi-night doubleheader in Arlington, Tex.
In the opener, Nolan Ryan failed for the third time to win his 301st game despite yielding only three hits and striking out 15 in 10 innings. But the Rangers won, 1-0, on Ruben Sierra's 13th-inning single.
With the White Sox leading by 1-0 in the second game, Fisk triggered a three-run second inning by hitting a 2-1 pitch from Charlie Hough into the left field seats. The 42-year-old has 349 career home runs, 328 as a catcher.
It also was his 187th homer as a member of the White Sox, breaking a tie with Harold Baines for Chicago's career mark.
The White Sox fell a season-high 6 1/2 games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.
In the opener Greg Hibbard held the Rangers to two hits in eight innings. He also sparked a bench-clearing brawl in the fifth inning by hitting third baseman Steve Buechele with a pitch. Buechele was ejected after he charged the mound and wrestled Hibbard to the ground.
In the third inning Ryan hit Craig Grebeck, who had asked umpire Tim McClelland to examine the ball after one of Ryan's pitches. A week ago Grebeck hit his only major league home run off Ryan in Chicago.