The Rangers were shaking their heads in disgust after being shutout for the first time and having a triple play turned against them in embarrassing fashion.
On Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, they were shaking their heads in disbelief as the White Sox won a fun, back and forth, contest 4-3 on a bases-loaded, walk-off single by Jose Abreu in the 11th inning.
Pitching: Colby Lewis held the White Sox to one run on six hits and four walks over six innings and left with the scored tied 1-1. Lewis struck out three. The lone run he allowed came on a second-inning homer by Melky Cabrera. Tony Barnette pitched a 1-2-3 seventh before Sam Dyson started the eighth. Todd Frazier led off with homer to tie it at 2-2. Cabera walked and Avisail Garcia was hit by a pitch before Dioner Navarro singled to center to score Cabrera with the go-ahead run. First baseman Mitch Moreland threw Garcia out at home on Austin Jackson’s bunt, and center fielder Delino DeShields threw out Navarro at home on Adam Eaton’s single to end the inning.
With the game tied at 3-3, Tom Wilhelmsen started the ninth and quickly had the winning run on when Jimmy Rollins led off with a single. The Rangers caught a break when Rollins, who had stolen second and moved to third on an errant throw from catcher Bryan Holaday, had to return to first because of batter’s interference against Abreu. On his backswing, his bat disrupted Holaday’s throw.
Wilhelmsen induced a 6-4-3 double play from Abreu and then right-fielder Nomar Mazara made a game-saving, home run-robbing catch at the top of the wall on Frazier’s bid for a walk-off.
Phil Klein struck out the side on 11 pitches in the tenth. The Rangers didn’t want to use him for another inning after he had thrown 26 pitches Friday night.
Nick Martinez pitched the 11th and struggled with his command. Chicago had the bases loaded for Jimmy Rollins after a walk, hit batter and walk. Texas went with five infielders, pulling Desmond in from left field to play the hole between third and short. Rollins grounded a 3-2 pitch to Odor at second who threw home for the force out. With the bases still loaded, Abreu squirted a grounder past Beltre at third for the game-winner.
Hitting: Ian Desmond’s second homer gave the Rangers a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the second. The White Sox tied in the bottom of the inning. It remained tied until Desmond walked with one out in the seventh, stole second, and scored on Elvis Andrus’ two-out triple to the right-center gap. In the ninth, Desmond walked again, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Desmond scored on Andrus’ sacrifice fly to center to put the Rangers up 3-2.
In the 10th, Mazara singled with one out but Adrian Beltre struck out and Prince Fielder groundout out to end the inning. Desmond led off the 11th with his third walk but was forced out at second on Mitch Moreland’s hard-hit fielder’s choice to the second baseman Lawrie who made an impressive stop. Hanser Alberto pinch-ran for Moreland and was doubled up on Andrus’ soft liner back to the mound to end the inning.
Notable: The Rangers played their second extra-inning game of 2016, both losses on the road. The other was a walk-off homer at Seattle on April 13 ... Dyson’s scoreless streak of 5 1/3 was snapped with the eighth-inning homer ... It was Martinez’s first appearance since being recalled from Triple A Round Rock on April 16 ... Andrus, who went 1 for 4 with a triple and two RBI Saturday, has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games with three doubles, two triples and eight RBI ... Rangers are 0-3 when tied after the eighth inning this season.