Rangers fall to White Sox, 5-2

Rangers fall to White Sox, 5-2

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Josh Phegley #36 of the Chicago White Sox is greeted by Dayan Viciedo #24 after both scored against the Texas Rangers during the third inning on August 25, 2013 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.

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by LANDON HAAF

WFAA Sports

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 25 at 4:42 PM

The Rangers outhit the White Sox 11-7, but fell to Chicago 5-2 Sunday afternoon.

Matt Garza was saddled with the loss, just his second as a member of the Ranger starting rotation.

Craig Gentry dropped a fly ball in center field in the third inning that allowed two Chicago runners to score. Gentry misjudged the fly ball, which would’ve been a sacrifice fly, and it deflected off his glove as he reached for it at the last second.

Gentry’s was one of two Ranger errors in the game.

Jeff Baker hit his second two-run home run of the series in the top of the fourth, an opposite-field shot into the Ranger bullpen in right field.

White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia crashed into the wall in pursuit of Baker’s blast. He left the game under his own power after laying in the warning track briefly.

But the Rangers missed key run-scoring opportunities the rest of the way, and the White Sox pulled away.

Garcia’s replacement, Jordan Danks, made his presence known in his first at-bat in the bottom of the fourth when he launched his third home run of the season into nearly the same spot in right field.

Adam Dunn added an RBI single to right field in the sixth inning to extend the lead to two runs.

Josh Phegley, the walk-off hero in Saturday night’s game, homered to left field in the seventh to plate Chicago’s fifth and final run.

The Rangers’ best scoring opportunity went for naught in the seventh inning, when an error by Alexei Ramirez on a potential double-play ground ball loaded the bases. Adrian Beltre grounded into a double play in the next at-bat.

The hot-hitting Beltre came to bat with runners at the corners twice in the game, and failed to produce a run. Rangers were robbed of a run in the fifth inning when Beltre lined into a double play to end the inning.

While it was just Garza’s second loss, Sunday’s game was yet another less-than-ace-caliber start.

It was the fifth consecutive start in which Garza has allowed four or more runs, and the second straight in which he have up five runs.

Garza hasn’t recorded a quality start in the month of August. He is 2-2 with a 5.50 ERA in his last five starts. Garza’s WAR (wins above replacement) rating entering Sunday’s start was just 0.4, the lowest of any regular in the Ranger rotation.

On a positive pitching note, Robbie Ross recorded his first 1-2-3 inning in four starts, and just his second three-up-three-down frame since July 23. Ross threw 13 pitches and struck out one batter in a scoreless eighth inning Sunday.

Former Rangers prospect John Danks earned the win, throwing six innings and striking out five. A combination of Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones, and Addison Reed put up zero’s in the final three innings.

White Sox bench coach Mark Parent was ejected before the game started after a confrontation with umpires at home plate.

The win didn’t cost the Rangers any ground in the AL West race, as Oakland lost to Baltimore early Sunday.

The Rangers have lost two of their last three series. They head to Seattle for a three-game set with the Mariners. First pitch Monday is set for 9 p.m. CT. 

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