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Go-ahead home run a rarity for Nathan

Go-ahead home run a rarity for Nathan

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Go-ahead home run a rarity for Nathan
ARLINGTON -- Rangers closer Joe Nathan gave up a go-ahead home run to White Sox outfielder Alex Rios in the ninth inning on Saturday. It was the first go-ahead home run given up by Nathan since Sept. 17, 2007, when he was pitching for the Twins against the Rangers in the Metrodome.

That home run was hit by third baseman Travis Metcalf, one of 11 he hit in the Major Leagues. It gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead, but the Twins rallied with two runs in the bottom of the inning for a 5-4 victory. Nathan wasn't so fortunate on Saturday, as the Rangers lost to the White Sox, 4-3.

Nathan, who is 37 and had Tommy John surgery two years ago, pitched in the Rangers' first two games and manager Ron Washington said he does not have a set rule against using Nathan for three straight days. Washington said it will all depend on how Nathan feels that particular day.

"If his workload is heavy, we'll back him off," Washington said. "If he says he's ready, we'll use him if needed."

Nathan last pitched on three straight days on July 15-17 last season for the Twins. He pitched a scoreless inning in all three games before getting two days off.

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