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Rangers recap: Offense can’t solve Rodon as White Sox even series

Rangers starting pitcher Nick Martinez did not have his best command Saturday and had to work out of three bases-loaded jams. He battled through it and allowed three runs in six innings in Texas’ 3-2 loss to the White Sox.
Rangers starting pitcher Nick Martinez did not have his best command Saturday and had to work out of three bases-loaded jams. He battled through it and allowed three runs in six innings in Texas’ 3-2 loss to the White Sox. AP

Carlos Rodon baffled Rangers hitters for six innings as the White Sox evened the series with a 3-2 win Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Pitching: Nick Martinez flirted with disaster several times, including bases-loaded jams in the first, third and fifth innings. The White Sox scored three times in the third but it could have been worse. He finished with three runs (two earned) on six hits, three hit batters and three walks in six innings. Ross Detwiler pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth with the Ranger trailing 3-2.

Hitting: Rodon held Texas to one hit through the first four innings before the Rangers finally broke through in the fifth. Ryan Rua reached on an infield single and moved to second, courtesy of a wild pitch. Adam Rosales worked a 10-pitch walk before Leonys Martin moved them over with a perfectly-placed sacrifice bunt. Rua scored on Carlos Corporan’s opposite-field single to right and Rosales scored when Rougned Odor beat out a potential inning-ending 4-6-3 double play at first.

Notable: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Andrew Shaw was at the game and received a rousing ovation when he was introduced on the scoreboard at U.S. Cellular Field. The Blackhawks won the NHL title earlier this week. The Rangers have struck out 26 times in the first two games against the White Sox. In their past four games, Texas has struck out 54 times.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @StevensonFWST

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