Thanks to a power resurgence, the Texas Rangers are in position to set the franchise record for consecutive road wins in a season.
With ace Yu Darvish on the mound, the Rangers try for a 10th straight road victory Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox in the annual Civil Rights Game.
Though Texas (75-53) won 10 straight road contests spanning the 2011-12 seasons, it matched the single-season club mark from 1977 with Friday's 11-5 rout of Chicago. Ian Kinsler hit a strange inside-the-park home run for one of the season-high five homers by the AL West-leading Rangers, who won for 19th time in 23 games.
Kinsler's third inning line drive rolled into a drainage track under the left-field line wall. By the time Dayan Viciedo was able to find it, Kinsler was about to score."The ground rules say that if the ball is trapped and visible, you have to go get it," Washington said. "It was visible."
Kinsler is 7 for 15 with six RBIs in the last four games, and 8 for 18 with five driven in versus Chicago this season.
Two former White Sox, A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios , did not homer but combined to go 3 for 9 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Darvish (12-5, 2.68 ERA) has posted a 1.73 ERA while going 4-1 in his last six starts, and is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA in four this month. Two of those August victories came on the road, where he's yielded three solo homers and one other run over 15 innings.
The right-hander, however, wasn't all that sharp at home Sunday when he allowed three runs and seven hits while walking four in 7 1-3 innings of a 4-3 loss to Seattle."In many games I have trouble with my command in any inning I throw, but (Sunday) it happened after the sixth inning," Darvish said.
He is 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA against the White Sox (52-75), but that victory came April 30 when he gave up four runs, seven hits and fanned nine in six innings of a 10-6 win.
Dayan Viciedo is 0 for 3 versus Darvish, but 6 for 13 with seven RBIs in the last three games. He had two hits and two RBIs on Friday as Chicago's season-high six-game winning streak ended.
Chicago starter Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.27) is 1-1 in his last five starts, but has a 2.97 ERA during that span. He allowed nine hits but one earned run in six innings of a 5-2 victory at Minnesota on Sunday."That's just kind of the way he pitches,' manager Robin Ventura said. "Over the course of the season, he finds a way to get into a little bit of trouble and then get out."
Though the left-hander is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his last seven starts at U.S. Cellular Field, he gave up a homer to Beltre and one other hit while striking out six in 5 1-3 innings of a 3-1 win at Texas on May 2.
|Alejandro De Aza||4||.250||1||0||2||0||1||.250||.500||.250|
|August 20, 2013||Matt West||60-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|August 16, 2013||Alexi Ogando||Day-to-Day||Right shoulder inflammation|
|August 14, 2013||Alexi Ogando||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|August 03, 2013||Nelson Cruz||Day-to-Day||Lower body|
|July 12, 2013||Justin Grimm||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right forearm|
|July 07, 2013||Yu Darvish||15-Day DL||Upper back strain|
|Chicago White Sox|
|August 20, 2013||Jeff Keppinger||Day-to-Day||Stiff lower back|
|August 16, 2013||Ramon Troncoso||15-Day DL||Pericarditis|
|August 15, 2013||Gordon Beckham||Day-to-Day||Strained right quad|
|August 05, 2013||Dayan Viciedo||Day-to-Day||Jammed left thumb|
|July 30, 2013||Alex Rios||Day-to-Day||Left foot contusion|
|July 21, 2013||Gordon Beckham||Day-to-Day||Strained ligament, left wrist|
CHICAGO (AP) -- White Sox rookie catcher Josh Phegley was just trying to put the ball in play. He ended up getting the game-winning hit.
Phegley singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Chicago to a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
"(Tanner) Scheppers, I've faced him in college. I know he's a hard-thrower and I just tried to get my foot down and get the barrel on something. I knew a strikeout wouldn't help us there, and if you can just get the bat on the ball and get something through the infield, game over."
Avisail Garcia singled with one out and went to third on Dayan Viciedo 's hit one out later. Phegley then hit a line shot to left off Tanner Scheppers (5-2) to end the game.
Nate Jones (4-4) got the win in relief, while Scheppers (5-2) took the loss. The White Sox have won seven of eight.
The Rangers, who lead the American League West, had their four-game winning streak snapped and wasted another strong outing by Yu Darvish , who gave up two runs in seven innings while striking out 11 for a no-decision. Darvish also battled out of a jam in the seventh inning - runners on first and third with none out - despite battling cramps in both legs.
"We battled but they got the big hit it counted," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We had our chances but we just didn't deliver. Other than that I thought we played a solid ballgame."
The White Sox also got another solid effort from starter Hector Santiago , who allowed five hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings to lower his ERA to 3.25.
"He's doing well," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Santiago. "In the last inning to pull him, he hit a few guys here and there and I think it's part of being a little erratic at times, he gets himself in trouble. He has the stuff to get out of it, which is a nice thing to have. Just continue to have him go out there and compete. He's a tough kid that likes to compete."
Phegley didn't start the game and came on in the eighth after the team's other catcher, Tyler Flowers , had been pinch hit for in the seventh.
Veteran Adam Dunn provided the other White Sox runs with a two-run homer in the sixth - to counter a two-run shot by former teammate Alex Rios in the top of the inning. Ventura was pleased to see his young players produce a winning rally.
"Garcia gets on there, (Viciedo) gets a base hit, it's fun," he said. "When you get young guys that are up here for the first time and Phegs gets a walk-off. That's all good stuff."
Even with the hit, Phegley, who was called up from the minors in July, still is batting just .213, so he was happy to take the pounding from his teammates a player gets following a walk-off hit.
It's awesome," he said. "It's the best beating of your life. I know (Gordon) Beckham was in there giving me some good shots to the mid-section, but no, it's tons of fun. As soon as you get that hit, you can't feel anything for the next 10 minutes. So it's great to celebrate with those guys."
NOTES: As part of the Civil Rights Game proceedings, Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson were honored during the pregame ceremonies. Franklin couldn't attend and former Tigers great Willie Horton accepted in her honor. ... Before the game, White Sox manager Robin Ventura was asked how good Jackson might have been without the hip injury. "It's hard to describe him to people now of how strong, fast and smart of a baseball player he was," Ventura said. "He was good regardless. We'll never know, but I haven't seen anyone that's had his abilities since." Rangers RHP Nick Tepesch threw live batting practice on Saturday and reported no issues. ... RHP Matt Garza (9-2), a former Cub, makes his return to Chicago Sunday when he faces John Danks (3-10) in series finale.
NOTES: As part of the Civil Rights Game proceedings, Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson were honored during the pregame ceremonies. Franklin couldn't attend and former Tigers great Willie Horton accepted in her honor. ... Before the game, White Sox manager Robin Ventura was asked how good Jackson might have been without the hip injury. "It's hard to describe him to people now of how strong, fast and smart of a baseball player he was," Ventura said. "He was good regardless. We'll never know, but I haven't seen anyone that's had his abilities since." . Rangers centerfielder Leonys Martin had to leave the game in the ninth after colliding with left-fielder David Murphy , but Washington said Martin has a slight right ankle sprain and should be fine. . Rangers RHP Nick Tepesch threw live batting practice on Saturday and reported no issues. ... RHP Matt Garza (9-2), a former Cub, makes his return to Chicago Sunday when he faces John Danks (3-10) in series finale.