Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Rangers 2
August, 25, 2013
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's 5-2 victory Sunday finished off the series triumph over the Texas Rangers.
How it happened: John Danks held the Rangers to two runs over six innings while Jordan Danks hit a home run. Josh Phegley also went deep one day after his game-ending single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Adam Dunn had an RBI single and the White Sox scored twice more in the third inning when Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry had a Gordon Beckham line drive hit off his glove for an error. The White Sox overcame Alexei Ramirez's 21st error of the season. Addison Reed closed out the ninth inning for his 35th save.
What it means: Make that four consecutive series victories for the White Sox, two of which came against first-place teams. The White Sox won two of three from the Tigers at home (Aug. 12-14), then went on the road to win series at Minnesota and Kansas City. The Rangers are the leaders in the AL West. Going back to the start of the last homestand when they faced the Yankees, the White Sox have won five of their last six series. The only series they lost was at home against the Twins (Aug. 9-11). With the non-waiver trade deadline now in the rear-view mirror, the White Sox are 14-6 since Aug. 5.
Outside the box: According to Elias, Jordan Danks' home run with John Danks pitching was the first time a brother had hit a home run in support of his brother since 1955. The Kansas City A's Billy Schantz was the last to do it in support of brother Bobby. Jordan Danks entered the game in the top of the fourth inning and hit his home run a half inning later.
Off beat: Bench coach Mark Parent was gone before the first pitch as he was ejected during the pregame lineup card exchange. Avisail Garcia made it to the fourth inning before he left the game after crashing into the right-field fence. Garcia appeared groggy as he walked off the field.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Andre Rienzo (1-0, 3.56 ERA) to the mound Monday against Houston in the opener of a three-game series. The Astros will counter with left-hander Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.