ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -
was once a bright pitching prospect for the
Chicago White Sox
. These days, an older and wiser McCarthy might finally be delivering on some of that potential for the
McCarthy pitched five strong innings against his former team,
homered and drove in four runs, and the Rangers held on to beat the
9-6 in a game that was delayed four times by rain for a total of 2 hours, 27 minutes Saturday night.
McCarthy (3-0) allowed one run and three hits, had three strikeouts and didn't allow a walk in his first regular-season appearance
, his team for parts of the 2005-06 seasons. He was traded to the Rangers in December 2006 in a deal for left-hander
During the early innings, McCarthy admitted he might have been a little too excited to face his former team before settling
''I might have come out a little too amped up,'' McCarthy. ''I was rushing things a little bit. Once I was able to slow things
down, I was OK.''
McCarthy had good control, throwing 45 of 68 pitches for strikes.
''I think I had gotten a little too fine, trying to pinpoint (pitches) instead of just letting it go,'' McCarthy said.
With a 9-1 lead, McCarthy pitched a perfect fifth to make it an official game, then sat through a 70-minute rain delay.
''McCarthy tightened up after the second (rain delay),'' Washington said. ''McCarthy wanted to go back out there but we didn't
want to take any chances.''
When play resumed, McCarthy was replaced by
, who gave up A.J. Pierzynski's seventh career grand slam in the sixth. That pulled Chicago to 9-5.
's RBI double in the seventh off
made it 9-6.
got three outs for his seventh save in seven chances. Francisco has 11 straight scoreless appearances this season.
''We never quit, that's the good thing about today,''
said. ''That was an ugly game.''
scored the game's first run on
's second-inning sacrifice fly before the Rangers' offense got rolling.
In the third, Chicago starter
, and Blalock made Contreras pay with a two-out, three-run homer 432 feet over the Texas bullpen in right-center.
''That's what we needed,'' Rangers manager
said. ''We've been in a position to get a big hit and Hank delivered. It was a big blow.''
Texas broke the game open with a six-run fourth to chase Contreras.
had consecutive RBI doubles, and
and Blalock also had two-base hits in the inning that ended with Texas up 9-1.
''Early in the game, the weather was better than our pitching,'' Guillen said.
Contreras allowed seven runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings, swelling his ERA from 6.75 to 8.31. Guillen said he had Contreras
''penciled in'' for his next start.
''I don't want to give up on him, it's not my style, but I'd like to know what's going through his mind,'' Guillen said.
After a rain delay of 22 minutes, McCarthy needed only 5 minutes to retire the side in the fifth before the rain began falling
Notes: First pitch was delayed 41 minutes due to rain. The
have already had three games postponed by bad weather this season. ... Chicago RF
left in the sixth inning when he was hit on the top of the left hand by a pitch from Mendoza. Dye was drilled by an inside
fastball and was down for several minutes before leaving the game. X-rays were negative and after the game Guillen said Dye