Saturday, August 24, 2013
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Rangers 2
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox evened the series against the first-place Texas Rangers with a 3-2 victory on Saturday.
How it happened:Josh Phegley delivered a game-ending single in the bottom of the ninth, the first game-ending hit of his career. It was the eighth game-ending hit by the White Sox this season. The teams traded home runs in the sixth inning, with former White Sox outfielder Alex Rios hitting a two-run shot and Adam Dunn matching that. Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski singled in front of Rios' home run. Chicago starter Hector Santiago dueled Rangers starter Yu Darvish to a draw.
What it means: Santiago continues to impress in a starting role, giving up two runs to the Rangers in 6 1/3 innings, a day after staff ace Chris Sale was crushed for eight runs in his outing. The left-hander has lost just twice after June 16, although he also has seven no-decisions. He has given up a combined four earned runs over his past three outings, starting against the Tigers and at Minnesota before facing the Rangers on Saturday.
Outside the box: Dunn moved within one of reaching the 30-homer mark for the ninth time in his career and second with the White Sox. He hit 41 last season. His opposite-field drive off Darvish on Saturday moved him into sole possession of 41st place all time with 435, one ahead of Andruw Jones and Juan Gonzalez. Dunn is now two home runs shy of matching Jason Giambi for 40th place all time.
Off beat: Pierzynski was hit by one of his old teammates again. Santiago drilled him in the back with a 90 mph fastball. Pierzynski made a non-threatening gesture at Santiago before running to first base, where he looked to be laughing about it with Paul Konerko. Earlier this season at Texas, Addison Reed hit Pierzynski with a pitch.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (3-10, 4.22 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. The Rangers will counter with right-hander Matt Garza (3-1, 4.32) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.