Rangers Take Series From Cubs

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas pinch-hitters Kenny Lofton and
Frank Catalanotto singled off the gloves of Cubs outfielders in the
ninth today in a 6-to-5 win over Chicago.
Catalanotto hit a one-out liner down the right-field line that
Angel Pagan nearly caught -- sending Lofton home with the winning
run.
Lofton started the rally off Bob Howry with a leadoff pinch-hit
single.
The sinking liner to left was hauled in by Alfonso Soriano after
a diving attempt -- but he couldn't hold onto the ball when he hit
the ground.
Adam Melhuse then had a sacrifice bunt.
The speedy Lofton was almost out again, caught between second
and third base after Brad Wilkerson's comebacker.
But Howry, after running toward Lofton, waited too late to make
his throw to shortstop Cesar Izturis -- and Lofton slid safely
headfirst back into second base.
Eric Gagne -- the fifth Rangers pitcher -- walked one in his
scoreless inning.