CHICAGO – A night after the Rangers bullpen threw 4 2/3 no-hit innings, they faltered on Saturday night.
Koji Uehara gave up a run in his second consecutive appearance, and that was enough for the White Sox to pull out a 3-2 victory over the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.
With the game tied 2-2 in the eighth, Uehara relieved starter Alexi Ogando. Uehara gave up a one-out single to Paul Konerko followed by an RBI double to Alex Rios, which scored pinch-runner Brent Lillibridge.
The Rangers caught a break with one out in the ninth when Mitch Moreland reached on an error. But White Sox closer Sergio Santos closed the door by striking out Elvis Andrus and Yorvit Torrealba to end the game.
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It was a pitcher’s duel for most of the night.
Ian Kinsler homered to lead off the game, belting a shot into the left-field seats off White Sox starter John Danks. Kinsler came through with another shot to left in the third, which tied the game at 2-2.
Despite his struggles against Kinsler, Danks kept the rest of the Rangers in check.
Texas threatened in the fourth when Nelson Cruz had a one-out double to left-center, but he was caught stealing third.
In the fifth, Mitch Moreland led off with a single and Kinsler had a two-out single, but nothing materialized.
Rangers starter Alexi Ogando matched Danks all night, though.
The White Sox scored single runs in the first and second, but Ogando ended his night with five scoreless innings. He retired 10 straight batters at one point, and had his longest outing since July 19.
Ogando allowed two runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts over seven innings.
-- Drew Davison