The Texas Rangers scored seven runs in the eighth, including a go-ahead three-run homer by Ryan Rua, to beat the Chicago White Sox 13-11 late Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.
The game was delayed by rain for over an hour before the third inning. It finally ended with the Rangers beating the White Sox for the first time in the past seven meetings.
Pitching: Derek Holland was knocked from the game in the third inning for the second consecutive start, this time partly because of the lengthy rain delay he had to sit through between the second and third innings. The White Sox scored an unearned run in the first after Holland’s errant pick-off throw to second went into center field. With one out in the third, six Chicago batters reached against Holland, including five on hits. Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie both had run-scoring doubles. Holland left after 2 2/3 innings and was charged with five runs (four earned) on eight hits and walk. Anthony Ranaudo replaced Holland and record the the final two outs to end the top of the third. Ranaudo lost command in the fourth, however. With one out, he walked two before getting the second out. He then proceeded to walk the next three batters as the White Sox took a 7-5 lead. Alex Claudio took over and surrendered a bases-clearing double to Avisail Garcia to make it 10-5.
Hitting: Texas scored twice in the first after Delino DeShields, Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre started the inning with a singles. DeShields scored on Beltre’s single and Odor scored on Ryan Rua’s single against White Sox starter Carlos Rodon. Bryan Holaday’s three-run homer in the third tied the game at 5-5. Singles by Rua and Elvis Andrus set up Holaday’s homer. Ian Desmond’s solo homer in the seventh pulled the Rangers to within 10-6. Texas scored seven runs in the eighth, including a go-ahead, three-run homer by Rua that put the Ranges up 13-11.
Notable: The game was delayed for an hour and 18 minutes before the top of the third. 25,804 was the announced attendance.