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Kinsler's inside-the-park homer highlights Texas victory

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CHICAGO -- The Texas Rangers ended their homer drought in a big way.

Adam Rosales, Jeff Baker and pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland each had two-run shots to go with solo a drive by Adrian Beltre and a bizarre inside-the-park effort by Ian Kinsler in Friday's 11-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. The AL West-leading Rangers (75-53) won for the 19th time in 23 games to move a season-high 22 games over .500.

"We've got guys that can hit the ball out of the ballpark, but we just haven't been hitting it out of the ballpark," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "All that tells me is we're able to win baseball games many, many ways, not just with the long ball."

The White Sox were unable to overcome a shaky outing by ace Chris Sale, ending a season-high six-game winning streak. Sale (9-12) allowed eight runs and eight hits in seven innings.

"I really have no excuses in my corner, really," Sale said. "My arm felt good, my body felt good, my mind was right. I even felt like my stuff was good. Sometimes you just get beat."

A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios each had a nice night in their return to U.S. Cellular Field for the first time since leaving the White Sox. Pierzynski, who signed with Texas as a free agent in the offseason, went 1 for 4 with a sacrifice fly. Rios, who was traded to the Rangers on Aug. 9, had two hits and scored two runs.

Pierzynski received a standing ovation when he was introduced in the first inning. Before the game, the team showed highlights of his White Sox career on the center field video board.

"It was hard to keep my emotions in check, especially the first couple innings," Pierzynski said. "It's just weird to go out there, as long as I was on the other side. Just to see the field from a different perspective is just odd. I don't know how to explain it."

The strangest play of the game was Kinsler's inside-the-park homer. His third inning line drive rolled into a drainage track under the left-field line wall. By the time Dayan Viciedo was able to find the ball, Kinsler was on his way to the plate for his 11th homer and a 5-3 Rangers lead.

"He did exactly what he was supposed to do, kept running, and it worked in our favor," Washington said. "The ground rules say that if the ball is trapped and visible, you have to go get it. It was visible."

White Sox manager Robin Ventura came out to argue the play and was ejected.

"I figured since [Viciedo] got on his hands and knees trying to go get it, you would think it would be lodged underneath there pretty good that they would rule a double but [third base umpire Greg Gibson] didn't," Ventura said.

Baker and Rosales connected in the second inning, powering Texas to a 4-0 lead. Rosales added a sacrifice fly in the fourth for his third RBI of the game to make it 6-3.

Martin Perez (7-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings for the Rangers, who have won their last nine road games to improve to 37-26 away from home. In the bottom of the second, Perez gave back three of the four runs his team had staked him to in the top of the inning, and also hurt himself with a wild pitch and a balk.

"The game was moving along, we put up four runs and started giving them back, but [Perez] showed some presence out there," Washington said. "That's a veteran move, the way he gathered himself and got himself through seven innings."

Viciedo had a two-run single in the second and eventually came around on Gordon Beckham's base hit, pulling the White Sox within one. But that was as close as it would get.

Beltre hit his 27th homer in the fifth and Kinsler singled in a run in the seventh to give the Rangers an 8-4 lead.

Notes

It was the first time in Rangers history that they had a pinch-hit and inside-the-park home run in the same game. ... Chicago left eight runners on base, to only four for Texas. ... Saturday is the seventh annual Civil Rights Game. Texas RHP Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68 ERA) starts against Chicago LHP Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.27 ERA). ... Attendance was 31,891.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Viciedo
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Leonys Martin, CF4100022 .272
Elvis Andrus, SS5110011 .255
Ian Kinsler, 2B5122011 .273
Adrian Beltre, 3B4111101 .327
A.J. Pierzynski, C4111011 .279
Alex Rios, RF5220022 .278
Jeff Baker, 1B3112000 .293
   a-Mitch Moreland, PH-1B1112000 .246
Craig Gentry, LF2110100 .251
Adam Rosales, DH2113010 .194
   b-David Murphy, PH-DH1000001 .222
Totals3611111128  
a-homered for Baker in the 8th
b-flied out for Rosales in the 8th
Batting
2B - Elvis Andrus (15, Axelrod)
HR - Ian Kinsler (11, Sale), Adrian Beltre (27, Sale), Jeff Baker (10, Sale), Mitch Moreland (18, Axelrod), Adam Rosales (5, Sale)
SF - A.J. Pierzynski (4), Adam Rosales (1)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (57), Adrian Beltre (79), A.J. Pierzynski (53), Jeff Baker 2 (19), Mitch Moreland 2 (52), Adam Rosales 3 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler (21), Adrian Beltre (36), Jeff Baker 2 (10), Adam Rosales 2 (5)
SB - Leonys Martin (28, 2nd base off Sale/Phegley)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Leonys Martin (4, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Martin Perez (W,7-3) 7844230 3.62
Robbie Ross 1100000 2.77
Ross Wolf 1211000 3.92
WP - Martin Perez (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Martin Perez 110-67, Robbie Ross 8-6, Ross Wolf 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Martin Perez 9-9, Robbie Ross 2-1
Batters Faced - Martin Perez 31, Robbie Ross 4, Ross Wolf 5
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF5120013 .269
Gordon Beckham, 2B4012001 .296
   Jordan Danks, RF1011000 .222
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010102 .288
Paul Konerko, 1B4000115 .238
Adam Dunn, DH4000013 .234
Avisail Garcia, RF3110001 .270
   a-Leury Garcia, PH-2B1010000 .208
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4110001 .247
Dayan Viciedo, LF4222001 .251
Josh Phegley, C4010001 .207
Totals38511523  
a-singled for Garcia in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jordan Danks (3, Wolf), Jeff Keppinger (9, Perez)
RBI - Gordon Beckham 2 (20), Jordan Danks (4), Dayan Viciedo 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Gordon Beckham (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Beckham-Konerko
E - Jeff Keppinger (5, Throwing)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale (L,9-12) 7888164 3.08
Dylan Axelrod 1.1332111 5.19
David Purcey 0.2000010 2.03
HBP - Gentry (by Chris Sale)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 108-74, Dylan Axelrod 37-20, David Purcey 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 9-5, Dylan Axelrod 3-1
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 31, Dylan Axelrod 9, David Purcey 2
Game Information
Attendance - 31891
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Greg Gibson