The Rangers became the first team to hit three home runs off of White Sox starter Chris Sale in an 11-5 victory in Chicago Friday night.
In fact, they totaled four home runs off of the All-Star left-hander, five in total. And two of those home runs came in rather unconventional fashion.
Ian Kinsler hit an inside-the-park home run in the third inning after Chicago left fielder Dayan Viciedo lost the ball under the padding of the wall in U.S. Cellular Field’s left field foul ground. It was the first inside-the-park home run of Ian Kinsler’s career.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura was ejected for arguing the home run ruling.
Before Kinsler’s round-tripper, the Rangers struck twice in the second inning against the Chicago southpaw. Jeff Baker and Adam Rosales each found the outfield stands with two-run blasts in the top of the second, giving Texas a 4-0 lead.
Rosales, starting his first game as a Ranger, took off sprinting after he made contact with a fastball up in the zone, and never slowed down during his home run trot.
Adrian Beltre added the fourth and final long ball off of Sale in the fifth inning when he launched a 1-1 pitch over the Chicago bullpen in left field.
The Chicago second inning consisted of four hits, including a Jeff Keppinger ground-rule double and a pair of RBI singles from Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham to bring the White Sox within a run.
Sale, who entered Friday’s start with a losing record but just a 2.78 ERA, started the game with two strikeouts on six pitches against the top of the Ranger lineup.
But the rest was history as the Rangers recorded their first five-homer game of 2013, and scored in seven of nine innings.
Rosales finished with a three-RBI game as he added a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. It was the first time Rosales recorded three RBI in a game since May 26, 2010 when he drove in four runners against Baltimore as a member of the Oakland Athletics.
An RBI single by Kinsler in the seventh and the fifth Ranger four-bagger off the bat of Mitch Moreland in the eighth completed the Texas scoring.
Alex Rios went 2-for-5 in his return to Chicago.
Sale allowed eight of the 10 Texas runs Friday. It was the second time this season Sale has surrendered eight runs in a single game. He has allowed no more than five in any other game.
Sale squared off with the Rangers’ Martin Perez, who overcame a 31-pitch second inning to throw seven innings in his seventh win of the year.
The second inning, the only crooked number in the Chicago box score, was Perez’s only hiccup. The Ranger lefty allowed the four hits in the second, but scattered just four hits over his other six innings to keep the Chicago offense at bay.
Perez took 110 pitches to get through his seven innings of work. He needed just 45 pitches to get through the third through sixth innings after the three-run second inning.
Perez struck out three and walked two in the ballgame.
It was then turned over to the Ranger bullpen. Robbie Ross pitched a scoreless eighth inning before Ross Wolf came on for the ninth. Ross surrendered the game’s final run on an RBI double by Jordan Danks.
The win bumps the Rangers’ AL West lead to 3.5 over Oakland as the Athletics lost to Baltimore earlier Friday.