For the first time in 2016, the Texas Rangers were swept. The Chicago White Sox took Sunday’s finale 4-1 to complete the sweep at U.S. Cellular Field.
White Sox pitchers held the Rangers to four runs total in the three games. Texas opens a a three-game series with the New York Yankees at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Derek Holland retired the first seven batters before Dioner Navarro homered to left in the third to tie it at 1-1. The White Sox scored twice in the fifth after a lead-off walk, a Brett Lawrie double and wild pitch. Lawrie scored on Navarro’s sacrifice fly to left to make it 3-1. Holland had thrown 78 pitches through five innings. Holland had one out in the seventh before Jerry Sands’ single ended his day. Alex Claudio came and allowed a walk and single before getting Adam Eaton to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the 7th. Chicago added another run to make it 4-1 in the eighth after Jose Abreu doubled with one out and scored on Lawrie’s single up the middle.
Hitting: Nomar Mazara homered with one out in the first to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Mazara walked with one out in the third inning and moved to second on Beltre’s groundout but was stranded when Prince Fielder popped out to center. The Rangers had two on after singles from Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland with one out but Ryan Rua grounded out and Brett Nicholas, after falling behind 0-2, fought back and flew out to deep left to end the inning. Odor singled and stole second and moved to third on Mazara’s groundout. Beltre walked to give the Rangers runners on the corners but Mat Latos forced Fielder into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. A similar scenario played out in the sixth. Ian Desmond led off with a single, stole second and Texas had runners on the corners with one out after Andrus’ single. But Rua hit into a 1-4-3 double play to end the rally. Again in the eighth the Rangers had the tying run aboard. Fielder walked with one out and Desmond singled for the third time to put runners at first and second. Hanser Alberto pinch-ran for Fielder but Moreland struck out and Andrus flew out to center to end the inning. The Rangers were retired in order in the ninth by closer David Robertson who struck out Rua, Nicholas and Odor.
Notable: Rua’s had two assists in left field to become the 19th Rangers’ the left-fielder with at least two assists in a game. Cecil Espy (1988) is the only Rangers outfielder with three assists in a game ... both Desmond and Odor are 4 for 4 in stolen base attempts this season, including steals Sunday ... Rangers were swept in a series of three or more games for the first time since July 3-5, 2015 against the Angels at Globe Life Park. Last time Texas was swept on the road was Sept. 1-3, 2014 at Kansas City.