Texas at Chicago

W: J. Crain (1-1) L: C. Eppley (1-1)
S: S. Santos (6)
HR: TEX - None   CHW - B. Morel (1)

White Sox 4, Rangers 3

SportsLine.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- The White Sox were asleep, and headed to another perplexing home loss. The crowd at U.S. Cellular Field was restless, and John Danks was struggling to keep Chicago in the game.

Then Brent Morel came to the plate.

Morel hit a tying three-run homer with two out in the fifth inning and the White Sox went on to a sorely needed 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

"He need and we need that one just to wake up," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "After that home run, I think we obviously come alive a little bit."

Gordon Beckham sparked the winning rally with a leadoff walk in the eighth. Beckham made it all the way to third on pinch-hitter Dallas McPherson's one-out single and scored when Cody Eppley (1-1) bounced his first pitch to Alexei Ramirez.

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McPherson was promoted when Mark Teahen went on the disabled list earlier in the day. The bouncer up the middle was his first hit since Sept. 10, 2008, for Florida at Philadelphia.

"It was nice to get that one out of the way," a grinning McPherson said.

Jesse Crain (1-1) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win and Sergio Santos worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

The White Sox (18-25) were coming off a listless 4-0 loss to Colby Lewis and the Rangers on Monday night and had dropped 10 of their past 11 games at U.S. Cellular Field. They were in big trouble again before Morel drove a 1-2 pitch from Matt Harrison over the wall in left-center for his first homer of the season.

"Luckily, I got a fastball over the plate. Mistake pitch, so fortunate enough to get that one," Morel said.

Endy Chavez had two hits and reached four times for Texas, which has dropped eight of its past 11 road games. Michael Young singled in the eighth to extend his road hitting streak to a career-best 17 games.

"Tonight we just didn't get the big knock," Young said. "It's all right, we've been doing it the last week or so. We'll be all right."

The Rangers, missing injured sluggers Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz, employed a patient approach as Danks struggled to find the strike zone. They walked five times in the first four innings, with each playing a key role in their three runs.

Chavez walked and scored on Ian Kinsler's double play grounder in the first. Mike Napoli, Yorvit Torrealba and Craig Gentry walked with two out in the second, and shortstop Ramirez misplayed Chavez's bouncer for a run-scoring error. David Murphy started the fourth with a walk and eventually came around to score on Torrealba's sacrifice fly.

Texas entered the game with 124 walks, 11th in the American League.

Danks eventually settled down, working out of a jam in the fifth and retiring seven of his last nine batters. The left-hander matched a career high with six walks in all, but allowed just two earned runs and four hits over 6 1-3 innings.

"They didn't hit me very much because there wasn't many pitches to hit," Danks said. "I don't have a reason or I don't know why the first couple innings went the way they did. ... Like I said, I'm glad I was able to stay out of the way and let B-Mo and these guys do what they did."

Danks, who had dropped his previous five starts, remains winless in six decisions one year after he set a career high with 15 victories.

Harrison pitched seven effective innings, allowing three hits. He struck out six and walked four.

"It's definitely frustrating," Harrison said. "I felt good the whole game. The fact of the matter is I walked too many people tonight. Even though I made the mistake to Morel, if I make that mistake without the walks, 3-1 ballgame. That was the whole key to the game."


Hamilton (broken bone in upper right arm) took early batting practice, then returned to Texas to be evaluated by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. If Meister clears him, the AL MVP will play two rehab games at Double-A Frisco starting Wednesday, then three with Triple-A Round Rock. ... McPherson has been hampered by back problems for much of his career. ... Chicago RHPs Gavin Floyd and Phil Humber will switch spots in the rotation this week. Floyd will start Thursday's game against Cleveland, while Humber is slated to go on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Players of the Game

B. Morel
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

E. Chavez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Ian Kinsler, 2B4000002 .244
Michael Young, 1B3010110 .343
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000002 .252
David Murphy, LF2100210 .256
Mike Napoli, DH3110101 .205
Yorvit Torrealba, C2001102 .216
Craig Gentry, CF2000101 .167
   a- Mitch Moreland, PH1000000 .287
a-grounded out for Gentry in the 9th
2B - Endy Chavez (2, Danks)
SF - Yorvit Torrealba (1)
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Team LOB - 8
DP - Beltre-Kinsler-Young, Andrus-Kinsler-Young
Texas Rangers
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Cody Eppley (L,1-1) 0.1111210 8.00
Arthur Rhodes 0.2000010 4.22
WP - Cody Eppley (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 108-63, Cody Eppley 17-7, Arthur Rhodes 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 5-7, Arthur Rhodes 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 25, Cody Eppley 4, Arthur Rhodes 2
Chicago White Sox
Brent Lillibridge, LF3010020 .286
   a- Dallas McPherson, PH10100001.000
    Juan Pierre, PR-LF0000000 .242
Alexei Ramirez, SS3000101 .263
Adam Dunn, DH4000012 .197
Paul Konerko, 1B4000012 .312
Carlos Quentin, RF1000200 .250
A.J. Pierzynski, C2100111 .252
Alex Rios, CF2110101 .201
Gordon Beckham, 2B2100122 .214
Brent Morel, 3B3113011 .229
a-singled for Lillibridge in the 8th
HR - Brent Morel (1, Harrison)
RBI - Brent Morel 3 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Brent Morel 3 (6)
CS - Alex Rios (3, 2nd base by Harrison/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 3
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko, Danks-Konerko
E - Alexei Ramirez (6, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
John Danks 6.1432620 4.32
Jesse Crain (W,1-1) 1.2100100 2.66
Sergio Santos (S,6) 1000010 0.00
IBB - Young by John Danks, Murphy by Jesse Crain
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 113-65, Jesse Crain 20-12, Sergio Santos 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 8-8, Jesse Crain 1-4, Sergio Santos 2-0
Batters Faced - John Danks 28, Jesse Crain 7, Sergio Santos 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22437
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Tim Timmons