The Texas Rangers (61-62) split a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox (47-74) to conclude a 10-game homestand. Following this series, the Rangers finished the season 3-4 against the White Sox.
Ranger catcher Brett Nicholas hit a two-run home run, his second, to start the Rangers’ offense in the third inning. Later in the inning, right fielder Nomar Mazara tied the game with a two-run single. Two innings later, White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada missed a catch, which allowed designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo to score. Following Moncada’s error, Mazara finished his five-RBI game with a three-run home run, his 16th. Then, Nicholas earned his third RBI of the game when he walked with the bases loaded in the seventh.
Ranger starter Tyson Ross struggled for 4 2/3 innings, while allowing five earned runs on five hits and six walks. Then, rookie Austin Bibens-Dirkx relieved Ross for 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Following Bibens-Dirkx’s appearance, reliever Matt Bush pitched a two-run seventh and closer Alex Claudio earned a one-run, six-out save. Texas won game one, 9-8.
First baseman Mike Napoli started game two for the Rangers with a two-run home run, his 25th, to give the Rangers a lead in the fourth inning. Then, center fielder Delino DeShields concluded the offense in game two for the Rangers with a RBI groundout in the seventh.
Ranger starter Andrew Cashner limited Chicago to three runs, two earned, in 5 2/3 innings, while picking up two strikeouts. Then, reliever Tony Barnette pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings. Then, rookie Ricardo Rodriguez pitched a one-run eighth and reliever Jose Leclerc pitched a scoreless ninth. Texas lost game two, 4-3.
Mazara scored game three for the Rangers with a bases-loaded, RBI groundout in the first inning. Then, Choo started a six-run second inning with a RBI single. Napoli continued the rally with a two-run double, his 11th. Then, second baseman Rougned Odor concluded the third-inning rally with a three-run home run, his 25th. Then, shortstop Elvis Andrus started another six-run inning with a RBI ground out in the fourth. Then, Beltre followed Andrus with a RBI single. Then, Napoli and Odor concluded the six-run, fourth-inning rally with hit a three-run home run, Napoli’s 26th, and a solo home run, also Odor’s 26th. Two innings later, Choo hit a three-run home run, his 15th. Finally, Odor concluded the Rangers’ 17-run affair with a RBI walk in the seventh.
Choo finished game three with four hits, three runs and three RBIs. Napoli and Odor each drove-in in five runs. Also, Odor had his fifth multi-home run game of the season.
Ranger lefty Martin Perez pitched six innings to earn his eighth win, despite allowing six earned runs on seven hits and three walks. Following Perez’s start, reliever Jason Grilli pitched a one-run seventh. Then, reliever Jhan Mariñz finished the game with two scoreless innings. Texas won game three, 17-7.
Game three served as the return to Globe Life Park for White Sox starter Derek Holland, who pitched for Texas from 2009-2016 and then signed with Chicago this past off-season.
The Rangers were held scoreless in the series finale until Odor hit a two-run home run, his 27th and third of the series, in the ninth. Odor was the fifth and final Ranger to record a hit in game four.
Ranger starter A.J. Griffin received his fourth lose, despite only allowing three earned runs in five innings of work. After Griffin’s solid start, Barnette pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh. Then, Bush, Grilli and Claudio pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth. Texas lost 3-2.
The series finale also included a collision between Bush and Gallo. The two will be evaluated on Monday.
Following the end of this 10-game homestand, the Rangers begin a 10-game road trip at Angel Stadium of Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels (64-60). This four-game series can be heard on:
Monday- Franchise 107.7 at 8:30 CT
Tuesday- Franchise 107.7 at 8:30 CT
Wednesday- Franchise 107.7 at 8:30 CT
Thursday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 8:30 CT