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Again, Ryan was there when Texas needed him

The Texas Rangers had lost eight straight games and 11 of 12, but when Nolan Ryan is the starting pitcher, there are few empty seats in Arlington Stadium. A partisan crowd of 38,172 wasn't disappointed Tuesday night as Ryan (4-4) gave a vintage performance in the Rangers' 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Ryan struck out 10, walked one and scattered six hits for his 306th career victory and 61st career shutout.

The 44-year-old Ryan moved past Eddie Plank into 17th place in all-time victories, one behind Mickey Welch, and tied Tom Seaver for eighth on the all-time shutout list.

Ryan struck out 10 or more for the 210th game of his career, and third time this season. Despite spending 15 days on the disabled list, Ryan almost regained the AL strikeout lead. He has 86, two behind Boston's Roger Clemens.

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