08/20 17:53 CDT Gonzalez pitches 6 scoreless, White Sox hold off Rangers 3-2
Gonzalez pitches 6 scoreless, White Sox hold off Rangers 3-2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) --- Miguel Gonzalez escaped early trouble and pitched six
scoreless innings, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Texas Rangers 3-2
Texas dropped 2 games behind the Twins and the Angels for the AL's second
wild-card spot. The Rangers finished a 10-game homestand 7-3, but split the
four-game series against Chicago.
Gonzalez (7-10) pitched out of one-out, bases-loaded jams in both the second
and third innings. After allowing singles to the first two batters in the
fourth, Gonzalez retired the last nine batters he faced.
Juan Minaya recorded his second save, both in the last three games, despite
giving up Rougned Odor's two-run homer with two outs in the ninth.
Chicago capitalized on the Rangers' stranding runners by scoring all three runs
in the fourth inning against A.J. Griffin (6-4).
Omar Narvaez stretched his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single and
Tyler Saladino followed with a two-run double. Saladino had only six RBIs in
his 53 previous games this season.
Gonzalez tied his season high with six strikeouts, and gave up four walks and
four hits, all singles. He's 2-0 in his last three starts, allowing two runs in
The Rangers left 10 runners on base. They had scored 29 runs in the series'
first three games, and 51 in the previous five.
White Sox: INF Yoan Moncada didn't play for the second straight game because of
shin splints. Manager Rick Renteria said he hoped Moncada could play in both
games of Monday's doubleheader.
Rangers: 3B Joey Gallo (bloody nose and swollen upper lip) and RHP Matt Bush
(bruised right knee) both left the game in the eighth inning after colliding
while chasing a popup. Bush's head slammed into Gallo's nose. Both were being
evaluated under Major League Baseball's concussion protocol. ... LHP Jake
Diekman, recovering from surgery for ulcerative colitis, was scheduled to make
his second rehab appearance for Double-A Frisco on Sunday night.
White Sox: Host Minnesota in a Monday doubleheader to begin a five-game series.
LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.00 ERA) is the scheduled first-game starter, with RHP
Carson Fulmer coming up from Triple-A Charlotte for his first major league
start in the second game. Fulmer was 0-2 in 11 relief appearances for the White
Sox last season, and is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA for Charlotte.
Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (8-1, 3.48) will be seeking his fifth straight win on
Monday night when Texas visits the Angels for a four-game series.