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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Rangers 2

8/20/2011

Alex Rios, much-maligned for his poor season, doubled in the game-winning run for the White Sox in the eighth off Rangers reliever Koji Uehara in the second game of the three-game set. Ian Kinsler's two-homer night went for naught as the Rangers couldn't come up with any late-inning magic in a 3-2 loss.

Other notes from the game:

* Ian Kinsler hit his sixth leadoff home run of the season and club-record 19th of his career. His second of the game and 20th of the season tied the game in the third. White Sox starter John Danks came in having allowed only three home runs in his last 55 innings.

* Carlos Quentin made a nice diving catch of a Craig Gentry fly to right in just the second at-bat of the game, but immediately grabbed his left arm and had to be taken out of the game. X-rays were negative, and he will be re-evaluated Sunday. Alex Rios took his place in the lineup and was again greeted with boos from the home crowd.

* Josh Hamilton's home run in the series opener Friday gave him his 15th game-winning RBI in of the season. The Yankees' Curtis Granderson leads the league with 16.

* Hamilton's .359 career average against the White Sox is his best against any opponent. He has six home runs and 18 RBIs and had hit safely in 15 of 19 games coming into Saturday's game.

* Alexi Ogando threw a complete-game shutout against the White Sox on May 23. His bid for another ended early when Alexei Ramirez delivered a two-out RBI single in the first that tied the game. Juan Pierre's flare over shortstop in the second gave the White Sox another two-out RBI and a 2-1 lead.

* Elvis Andrus got the day off. Rangers manager Ron Washington said earlier in the year that he felt like he overworked Andrus last season, so he wants to find more opportunities to rest him. Yorvit Torrealba and David Murphy also were held out of the starting lineup. Murphy pinch-hit for Craig Gentry in the eighth and popped out.

* Mitch Moreland wasn't able to duplicate his two-homer night from Friday, but he has three home runs and eight RBIs in his last four games after hitting just one longball in the previous 26 games.

* Taylor Teagarden got his eighth start of the season, and first since July 31st at Toronto, in place of Torrealba. He went 0-for-3 at the plate. Andrus pinch-hit for him in the ninth and struck out swinging. Torrealba struck out as a pinch-hitter to end the game.

* Juan Pierre's strikeout against Ogando in the fifth was his first in 76 plate appearances. Ogando worked in the change-up against Pierre and finished him off with a fastball on the outer half. The Rangers right-hander featured the change-up much more than usual.

* Mike Napoli singled leading off the seventh to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He has hit safely in 21 straight road games, eight short of the club record held by Rafael Palmeiro.

* Danks started the season 0-8, but since June 6 is 5-1 with a 2.29 ERA (entering Saturday's play). He, like Ogando, had to settle for a no-decision after going seven strong innings.

* Rangers lefty Darren Oliver was brought in with two out in the eighth to face Adam Dunn, who was 3-for-80 against left-handers this season (all singles). Make that 3-for-81. Dunn struck out to end the inning.