Texas Rangers: Dylan Axelrod
The Rangers, losers of three straight overall, came out swinging to start the game. With two outs in the first inning, they collected four consecutive hits, including a two-run double to left-center from Michael Young and an RBI single to right by Nelson Cruz to take an early 3-0 lead.
That lead would be short-lived, however, as the the White Sox had five consecutive batters reach base in the second off Rangers starter Scott Feldman. After Alex Rios hit a one-out double to right, A.J. Pierzynski was hit on the right elbow by an 0-2 pitch. Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez followed with RBI singles, and Gordon Beckham (who was batting in the ninth spot and came in hitting .239) gave the White Sox a 4-3 lead with a two-run double to right.
Josh Hamilton evened the score at 4 when he led off the third inning with his 26th home run and major league leading 74th RBI. The game remained tied until Youklis drove in the game winner off Mike Adams.
For starters: After the Beckham double in the second inning, Feldman retired 10 consecutive batters until Youkilis singled with two outs in the fifth. Feldman gave up four runs on four hits in the second inning. In his five others innings, he allowed just one walk and two hits. After Michael Young's one-out single in the third, White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod retired the final 10 batters he faced.
Elvis-a-thon ends: Elvis Andrus had his 10-game hitting streak end with a 0-for-4 night. Andrus was 16-for-40 with five doubles, five walks, six RBIs and eight runs scored during the streak.
White Sox masher: Hamilton is now a .374 (37-for-99) career hitter versus the White Sox, his highest average against any American League team. He was 2-for-4 on Wednesday night.
Deep thoughts: Hamilton's third-inning home run gave him 26 this season, one more than he hit all of last season. Hamilton played in just 121 games last season because of injuries.
More like Mike: Young ended an 0-for-13 stretch with his two-run double in the first.
All-Star struck: When Alexei Ramirez delivered an RBI single to right field in the second inning, David Murphy delivered a one-hop throw to catcher Mike Napoli who was met in a collision with Pierzynski. Napoli could not hold onto the ball.
What a relief: Robbie Ross extended his scoreless innings stretch to 21 innings (14 appearances) and hasn't allowed an earned run in 28 1/3 innings. He struck out Adam Dunn looking with two on to end the seventh and retired all three batters he faced in the eighth. Ross now has a 0.99 ERA on the season. Adams worked more than one inning for the first time this season, but did not record an out in the 10th and took the loss.
Extras: The last time the Rangers played extra innings was May 26 when they beat Toronto 8-7 in 13 innings. The Rangers are 3-2 in extra innings this season.
Weekend rotation: Yu Darvish will not make his final scheduled start before the All-Star break so he can get some extra rest. The Minnesota Twins visit Arlington this weekend for a three-game series and LHP Martin Perez will start Friday, followed by LHP Derek Holland on Saturday and RHP Roy Oswalt on Sunday.
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Elvis Andrus, SS
Josh Hamilton, LF
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Michael Young, 1B
Nelson Cruz, DH
David Murphy, RF
Mike Napoli, C
Leonys Martin, CF
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers continue their road trip with the second game of this three-game series with the Chicago White Sox. Game 2 features RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Dylan Axelrod, with first pitch at 6:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Feldman (2-6, 6.13): The 29-year-old has won his last two starts after starting six straight losses, the longest season-opening streak since C.J. Wilson's 0-6 start in 2005. ... He has struggled on the road this season, going 1-3 with a 8.06 ERA in 22 1/3 innings pitched. ... He has had 13 runs of support in his last two victories, compared to a combined seven runs of support in his first seven starts. ... His 6.13 ERA is the fourth-highest in the AL among starters with at least nine starts. ... He has allowed seven unearned runs, tied for fifth-most in the AL. ... He is 2-2 with a 4.95 ERA in 11 career games (five starts) against the White Sox and is 2-1 with a 6.30 ERA in five games (two starts) at U.S. Cellular Field.
Axelrod (0-1, 4.50): The 26-year-old has appeared in five games for the White Sox this year, starting in his last three and getting no decisions in his last two starts. ... Axelrod has pitched only 20 innings this season, allowing 21 hits, 10 earned runs, three home runs, six walks and 13 strikeouts. ... He has a 6.23 ERA through 8 2/3 innings of work at home. ... He has posted a 3.17 ERA in four games against the AL this season, pitching 14 2/3 innings and allowing 15 hits, five earned runs, six walks and 10 strikeouts. ... He has never faced the Rangers.
Hitters: White Sox hitters are batting .261 (24-for-92) against Feldman. ... Paul Konerko is hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two doubles, two home runs, two walks and a strikeout, and Alex Rios is batting .304 (7-for-23) with a double, two home runs, a walk and a strikeout against Feldman. ... A.J. Pierzynski is hitting .188 (3-for-16) with a double and a strikeout. ... Alexei Ramirez 2-for-13 with one home run, two walks and four strikeouts against Feldman. ... Kevin Youkilis is 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts. ... No current Rangers hitters have faced Axelrod.
Up next: Thu. at CWS: LHP Matt Harrison (11-3, 3.16) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 2.19), 1:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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