As exciting and memorable as Tuesday’s Joey Gallo’s debut and 15-2 win, Wednesday’s loss to the Chicago White Sox was on the opposite end of the spectrum. The White Sox jumped out for six runs in the second and the Rangers never threatened in a 9-0 loss at Globe Life Park. The rubber-game finale is at 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
Pitching: The White Sox burned Nick Martinez for six runs on six hits in the second inning and knocked him from the game after just 3 1/3 innings. It’s his short outing of the season and shortest since getting the hook after 2 1/3 on June 26, 2014. Anthony Bass pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief before Tanner Scheppers allowed a two-run homer to Tyler Flowers in the seventh. Sam Freeman and Ross Ohlendorf each pitched scoreless innings to finish the game.
Hitting: Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo reached on a single and walk in the third but were stranded when Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland both hit soft infield line outs to end the inning. DeShields and Choo were also both on with no outs in the first but an Andrus strikeout and Moreland double play squelched that scoring opportunity. White Sox starter Chris Sale didn’t give the Rangers many more chances. He struck out 13 in seven innings. The Rangers had a season-high with 16 strikeouts in the game. Joey Gallo, after going 3 for 4 in his debut on Tuesday, was 1 for 4 with three strikeouts and a solo homer in his final at-bat in the ninth. Texas scored a run in the eighth on a bases-loaded walk by Moreland to make it 9-1. Gallo’s solo shot in the ninth made it 9-2.
Notable: Martinez has gone at least five innings in 23 of his past 25 starts, including his last 14 in 2014. Both shorts stints, 4 2/3 on May 7 and 3 1/3 on Wednesday ... the Rangers bullpen leads the American League with 186 1/3 innings, including 5 2/3 innings Wednesday ... Gallo became the first Rangers player to homer in his first two games and first to do it in the majors since the Giants’ Brett Pill in 2011.
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Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760