Saturday, July 28, 2012
Chicago White Sox 9, Texas Rangers 5
Rangers lose to AL Central-leading White Sox once again.
ARLINGTON The Texas Rangers could do nothing right Friday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, losing 9-5 to the Chicago White Sox. The loss dropped Texas to 58-40, just four games ahead of the LA Angels for first place in the AL West. The AL Central-leading White Sox improved to 54-45.
Rangers starter Yu Darvish was subpar, allowing six runs on eight hits over six-plus innings. Darvish, who walked three and struck out six, fell to 11-7 on the season.
White Sox starter Chris Sale got off to a rough start, giving up four runs in the first, before settling in. Sale, who dominated the Rangers in a 19-2 Chicago victory on July 3rd, gave up five runs over six-plus innings and improved to 12-3 on the year.
After Darvish surrendered an RBI sacrifice fly that in the first that scored Ranger-killer Kevin Youkilis, Texas responded with a four-run first inning to take a short-lived lead. Ian Kinsler got it started by getting hit by a pitch to lead off the game, stealing second and then advancing to third on Elvis Andrus' groundout. A slumping Josh Hamilton then drove in Kinsler with a sacrifice fly to deep center field to tie it at 1-1.
After Adrian Beltre and Michael Young both hit two-out singles, Nelson Cruz belted a three-run home run to deep right field that put Texas up 4-1.
Chicago would claw their way back, however. Youkilis hit a two-run home run in the second inning to make it 4-3, then Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run single in the fifth to put Chicago ahead for good. Both teams traded runs on RBI fielder's choice groundouts in the seventh, but Chicago pulled away with three runs in the ninth to snuff out any hope of a rally.