Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Rangers 4
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday.
How it happened: Kevin Youkilis continued to have an impact in his short White Sox career as he broke a 4-4 tie by driving in Alejandro De Aza for the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. The White Sox improved to 11-11 in one-run games and 3-5 in extra-inning games. White Sox closer Addison Reed retired the side in the 10th inning on seven pitches and picked up the win. The Rangers and White Sox each scored four runs in the first three innings and then cooled off. The White Sox’s bottom of the lineup did most of the damage on Wednesday. Dayan Viciedo, Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham, the team’s 7-8-9 hitters, combined for four hits, two runs and four RBIs. Josh Hamilton hit his 26th home run of the season. Rangers starter Scott Feldman and White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod each allowed four runs and neither factored into the decision.
What it means: The White Sox are in first place in the American League Central halfway through the regular season. They’re 44-37 through 81 games and have a two-game lead on the Cleveland Indians.
Outside the box: White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski caught his 1,500th career game on Wednesday. He ranks first among active catchers and 30th all time.
Play of the game: Pierzynski ran over Rangers catcher Mike Napoli with a play at the plate in the second inning. Pierzynski lowered his shoulder in Napoli, knocked Napoli and the ball to the ground and scored.
Up next: The White Sox will close out their three-game series with the Rangers on Thursday. Jose Quintana (3-1, 2.19) will start for the White Sox, and Matt Harrison (11-3, 3.16) will start for the Rangers in a 1:10 p.m. game.