Saturday, July 28, 2012
Chicago White Sox 5, Texas Rangers 2
Punchless Rangers drop their second straight.
ARLINGTON The Texas Rangers dropped their second straight game Saturday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, losing 5-2 to the Chicago White Sox. The loss dropped Texas to 58-41, just three and a half games over the LA Angels and the surging Oakland A's for first place in the AL West. The AL Central-leading White Sox improved to 55-45.
Rangers starter Matt Harrison was mediocre for the second straight start, allowing five runs on seven hits over seven innings. Harrison, who walked three and struck out four, fell to 12-6 on the year with a 3.19 ERA.
Chicago starter Phillip Humber was the better pitcher Saturday, giving up just one run over six innings to improve to 5-5.
The Rangers offense, without a slumping Josh Hamilton, managed to amass just five hits and a pair of walks on the night. It was already 5-0 Chicago before Texas managed their first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, coming off a Mike Napoli solo home run, his 16th of the season. Napoli also hit an RBI groundout in the bottom of the ninth to score David Murphy.