ARLINGTON — Shin-Soo Choo singled home Leonys Martin from second base late Thursday to give Texas Rangers their second walk-off victory in four games, 2-1, over the Chicago White Sox and a second straight series win at Globe Life Park.
Tanner Scheppers (2-0) worked an easy 11th and capped five scoreless innings by four Rangers relievers after Yovani Gallardo allowed only one unearned run in six innings.
Pitching: Yovani Gallardo needed 28 pitches in the first inning, and hit 77 pitches with no outs in the fourth. But he was still standing after six innings, and the only run he allowed was unearned after Joey Gallo threw wildly to first to start the fourth. … Gallardo allowed three hits, all singles, and walked two, both in the first inning, while striking out four. … Sam Freeman got a big out in the seventh when he retired Melky Cabrera with a runner at second to end the inning. … Shawn Tolleson pitched for the first time since May 29, pitching around a two-out walk for a scoreless ninth and working a 1-2-3 10th.
Hitting: The Rangers have had a large dose of trouble the past two games against two tough left-handers. Carlos Rodon held them in check Thursday, striking out 10 in six innings. He got four batters at twice, including rookie Joey Gallo. … Prince Fielder collected two singles, including a grounder past second base for an RBI in the first. … The Rangers stranded five runners in the first two innings, including three empty tries in the first with Shin-Soo Choo at third with no outs. … They had another chance in the eighth, loading the bases with one out on three straight singles, but Hanser Alberto bounced into a double play.
Notable: Gallo also committed in error in the eighth inning, and the Rangers had four in the game. … DeShields stole second base in the seventh even though Zack Duke had him picked off. DeShields, though, beat the throw from first baseman Adam LaRoche.
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