There are no easy outs in the Texas Rangers lineup and the Chicago White Sox pitchers got another reminder last night.
Lee Stevens, batting seventh in the Rangers' order, hit a tiebreaking homer and drove in three runs as Texas handed the visiting White Sox their fifth straight defeat, 10-4.
The Rangers rallied from an early 4-1 deficit behind a 15-hit attack. Stevens, who was 3 for 4, extended a career-high with his 22nd homer to snap a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning.
"I look at our lineup, one through nine, and that's got to put a lot of pressure on pitchers," Stevens said. "The more pressure that's on a pitcher, the more mistakes he makes."
Leading 5-4, Texas broke open the game in the seventh. Ivan Rodriguez led off with his 31st homer and Juan Gonzalez added an RBI single.
Rusty Greer had three hits for the Rangers, 33-16 since the all-star break. Texas has gotten 10 or more hits in 18 of its last 21 games and has scored 805 runs this season, second in the majors behind the Cleveland Indians.
"We're capable of scoring a lot of runs," Rangers Manager Johnny Oates said. "We have a deep lineup. There is pressure on the other team every inning."
John Burkett (6-7) won for the third time in four starts, yielding four runs in six innings.
Chicago scored three runs in the third on Carlos Lee's two-out RBI double and Craig Wilson's fourth homer.
ATHLETICS 7, TIGERS 4: John Jaha tied a career high with five RBI and Matt Stairs hit a go-ahead home run to help host Oakland move within a game of Boston in the AL wild card race.
Jaha, who entered in a 2-for-20 slump that included 11 strikeouts, hit a three-run homer with two outs in the third, his 32nd of the season. Jaha added an RBI double in the fifth and a run-scoring single in the seventh.
Kevin Appier (13-12) gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings, stopping his three-game losing streak.
ANGELS 8, YANKEES 2: Hours after manager Terry Collins resigned, Anaheim ended its nine-game losing streak by routing visiting New York with a 15-hit attack. With bench coach Joe Maddon serving as interim manager, the Angels scored five times in the seventh inning, including Mo Vaughn's two-run homer off Andy Pettitte (12-10). The loss snapped a streak of 14 series in which the Yankees won the opening game, a franchise record.
MARINERS 2, RED SOX 1: In Seattle, Jamie Moyer stifled Boston with a three-hitter and Dan Wilson singled home the winning run off Derek Lowe (5-3) with one out in the ninth.
Boston Manager Jimy Williams and first-base coach David Jauss were ejected in the eighth along with Damon Buford by Brian O'Nora, working his second game as a full-time member of the AL staff. The trio were arguing a call at first base.
Moyer (13-6) struck out five and walked one.
BLUE JAYS 5, ROYALS 4: Shawn Green hit a two-run homer and Brad Rigby walked in the go-ahead run in the eighth to lift visiting Toronto.
DEVIL RAYS 4, TWINS 2: Jose Guillen hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth to lift Tampa Bay at home. Roberto Hernandez matched a career high with his 38th save. Minnesota's Doug Mientkiewicz collected a career-high four hits.