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Sox Continue Winning Streak, Defeat Rangers

July 27 at Texas Rangers


Today's Sox Crew:
Cement Workers
Sale slipped out of the gate and stepped into some wet cement, but thankfully, Youkilis, Ramirez, and co. were able to pick him up while he cleaned off and went back to work.

Short Take: Chris Sale guts out a decent performance after giving up four runs in the first, and the offense smacks All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish around.

After completing the sweep of those crappy perpetual losers, the Sox headed to the ballpark where their season began to begin a weekend series in Arlington against the Texas Rangers. The pitching matchup was a good one, with rookie All-Stars Chris Sale and Yu Darvish going against each other. Surprisingly, though, it was the offense that shone in this game, as the Sox erased an early 4-1 deficit to win the opener by a score of 9-5.

Alex Rios would get the Sox on board in the first with a sac fly to drive in Kevin Youkilis, but the Rangers took Sale behind the woodshed in the first, with Nelson Cruz's 3-run homer capping off a 4-run frame. Down 4-1, the Sox came right back in their half of the second, thanks to a Youkilis 2-run shot that cut the deficit to one. In the 4th, the Sox came all the way back, as Alejandro De Aza came in and smashed a two-run single to right field, giving the Sox the 5-4 lead off of Darvish. The Sox would not relinquish this lead, as they would get one more in the seventh, when after an Adam Dunn SB (his second of the season, if you can believe that) and advancement to third on a throwing error by the catcher, Rios beat out a potential DP to allow Dunn to score. It turned out to be a big run, as the Rangers would score one in their own half of the seventh off of a Josh Hamilton RBI fielder's choice. A scary moment occueed in that inning, as De Aza and Alexei Ramirez collided while chasing down a fly ball. De Aza was taken out of the game and diagnosed with a left wrist sprain, and is considered day-to-day. Ramirez, as you'll find out later, was all right.

The Sox, however, would put the game away in the 9th. Alex Rios drove in Dunn with an RBI double, to make it 7-5, and then Ramirez capped off the scoring with a two-run bomb to account for the final score. Addison Reed came on and after giving up a leadoff single to Ian Kinsler, retired the side with no damage done to close out this 9-5 White Sox winner!

With the win, the Sox have almost completely erased the ground lost in that recent 5-game skid. Even better, both Cleveland and Detroit lost, so the Sox took a 1.5 game lead on Detroit and a 4.5 game lead on Cleveland. Not bad for being 1.5 back of Detroit following Sunday's game. Today, Phil Humber goes against the Rangers' Matt Harrison in a 7:05 start. Hopefully the Sox can keep winning against the two-time defending AL Champs. Make it five in a row, might as well. Go Sox!

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"Nothing like a nice trip to Texas to warm up the bats. But I thought you loved pitching in the heat, Sale?"


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