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After their latest disappointment, the White Sox didn't want to focus on the numbers 1 and 6.
Sure, they went a homely 1-6 on their road trip against Texas and Anaheim, teams that rank last and next to last in the American League West.
But the Sox's focus was on a different number: 3.
As in, they are only three games behind Kansas City in the American League Central.
"It was a bad trip," Sox manager Jerry Manuel said after the Sox's 6-4 loss to the Rangers on Sunday. "We didn't play well. The good thing is that we're still just three games back with  games to play. I can't say that loud enough."
Added Paul Konerko: "No one's going to win this division in August."
No, but if the Sox continue to play like this, they could lose it in August.
They squandered a 4-3 lead when Alex Rodriguez showed why he's the game's $252 million man.
Rodriguez took starter Neal Cotts deep in the sixth inning for his 33rd homer, a 416-foot shot to center field that tied the game.
Then Rodriguez supplied the game-winning shot, a two-run triple off Damaso Marte in the seventh.
"When you're [facing] a good player like that, you try to be careful," Manuel said. "And when you're trying to be careful, sometimes you make mistakes. He put a good swing on it."
The greater concern was the Sox's offense, which went dark after Jay Powell replaced starter Juan Dominguez.
Powell had gotten hammered by the rest of the league, posting an 8.87 ERA and allowing opposing hitters to bat .328 against him.
Ten Sox hitters faced him Sunday. One reached base.
The Sox were no better against former Cub Ron Mahay. He blanked them in the eighth.
Carl Everett led off the ninth with a single, his 1,000th hit. But Francisco Cordero allowed nothing more in earning his 11th save.
Forget that the game-time temperature Sunday was 98 degrees.
The Sox returned to Chicago as cold as ice cream.
Cotts showed considerable improvement over his first career start, when he walked six batters in 2 1/3 innings.
He pitched into the sixth inning Sunday, giving up five hits and two walks.
"My nerves weren't as bad," Cotts said.
Manuel said Cotts, who struck out six, will remain in the rotation.
"It looks like he's the type of pitcher who will be a little erratic but will get a lot of strikeouts," Manuel said.
The Sox host Anaheim and Texas this week, giving them a chance for payback.
Or, more important, a chance to cut into Kansas City's lead.
"It's all about winning a division," Konerko said. "We had a rough week, but we have to throw it out the window."