White Sox defensive replacement Gordon Beckham, who had entered the game in the top of the tenth inning, led off the bottom of the 11th with a solo homer to give Chicago a 3-2 win in the series finale Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
Pitching: Yovani Gallardo held Chicago scoreless through five innings but left after throwing 98 pitches. Ross Detwiler took over to start the sixth and quickly was in trouble. A leadoff single by Jose Abreu, followed by one-out singles by Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez to tie it at 1-1. A sacrifice fly to left scored Cabrera to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead. Jon Edwards replaced Detwiler and struckout Tyler Flowers to end the inning. Keone Kela pitched a perfect seventh and struck out Abreu to start the eighth before Sam Freeman took over to face the left-hitting Adam LaRoche. Freeman struck out LaRoche looking but Cabrera doubled to left-center. Tanner Scheppers replaced Freeman to face Ramirez and induced a ground ball to end the inning. In the ninth, Scheppers worked around a two-out double and intentional walk to force a foul out to catcher Robinson Chirinos. Alex Claudio pitched a scoreless tenth before Beckham hit the first pitch from him in the 11th for the walk-off win.
Hitting: Ryan Rua’s homer to left field gave Texas a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but lefty Jose Quintana remained stingy until the seventh inning. After falling behind 2-1 in the sixth, the Rangers tied it with Leonys Martin’s homer to right. Martin snapped an 0 for 21 slump with the game-tying homer in the seventh. He later singled with two outs in the ninth. The rest of the lineup went 6 for 35, including 0 for 5 games from Mitch Moreland and Hanser Alberto. Moreland stranded seven runners on base. Twice he was at the plate with the bases loaded. In the fifth, his soft pop behind third was caught by a diving Conor Gillaspie to end the inning. In the tenth, he hit into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Notable: The Stanley Cup trophy made an appearance along with some of the NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks hockey players before Sunday’s game. The trophy also made an appearance Tuesday before a Cub’s game at Wrigley Field ... Cabera’s five hits are the most for a White Sox player since Alex Rios had six on July 9, 2013.
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