Thursday, July 5, 2012
Chicago White Sox 5, Texas Rangers 4 (10 innings)
Rangers lose third straight in extra innings.
The Texas Rangers dropped their third straight game Wednesday night in Chicago, losing 5-4 in extra innings to the White Sox. The loss dropped Texas to 50-32, still the best record in the majors and five games ahead of the LA Angels for first place in the AL West. The AL Central-leading White Sox improved to 44-37.
With the score tied at 4-4 heading into the bottom of the tenth, Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza drew a walk on Texas reliever Mike Adams, stole second, and scored on new addition Kevin Youkilis' game-winning RBI single. Youkilis has five RBI in two games since joining the team in a trade from the Red Sox.
Rangers starter Scott Feldman was so-so, allowing four runs on six hits over six innings. Feldman gave up all four of his runs and four of those six hits in a nightmarish second inning, when the White Sox turned a 3-0 Texas lead into a 4-3 Chicago lead.
Texas pounced on White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod for three runs in the first. After Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back two-out singles, Michael Young drove them both home with a two-run double. Young then scored on a Nelson Cruz single to make it 3-0, the fourth straight two-out hit for the Rangers in the inning.
After they went down 4-3, Hamilton tied the game with a solo home run in the top of the third, his 26th home run of the season and league-leading 74th RBI. Neither team mounted much offense after that, however, until the bottom of the tenth.