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Phegley singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Chicago to a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
"(Tanner) Scheppers, I've faced him in college. I know he's a hard-thrower and I just tried to get my foot down and get the barrel on something. I knew a strikeout wouldn't help us there, and if you can just get the bat on the ball and get something through the infield, game over."
Nate Jones (4-4) got the win in relief, while Scheppers (5-2) took the loss. The White Sox have won seven of eight.
The Rangers, who lead the American League West, had their four-game winning streak snapped and wasted another strong outing by Yu Darvish, who gave up two runs in seven innings while striking out 11 for a no-decision. Darvish also battled out of a jam in the seventh inning -- runners on first and third with none out -- despite battling cramps in both legs.
"We battled but they got the big hit it counted," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We had our chances but we just didn't deliver. Other than that I thought we played a solid ballgame."
The White Sox also got another solid effort from starter Hector Santiago, who allowed five hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings to lower his ERA to 3.25.
"He's doing well," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Santiago. "In the last inning to pull him, he hit a few guys here and there and I think it's part of being a little erratic at times, he gets himself in trouble. He has the stuff to get out of it, which is a nice thing to have. Just continue to have him go out there and compete. He's a tough kid that likes to compete."
Phegley didn't start the game and came on in the eighth after the team's other catcher, Tyler Flowers, had been pinch hit for in the seventh.
Veteran Adam Dunn provided the other White Sox runs with a two-run homer in the sixth -- to counter a two-run shot by former teammate Alex Rios in the top of the inning. Ventura was pleased to see his young players produce a winning rally.
"Garcia gets on there, (Viciedo) gets a base hit, it's fun," he said. "When you get young guys that are up here for the first time and Phegs gets a walk-off. That's all good stuff."
Even with the hit, Phegley, who was called up from the minors in July, still is batting just .213, so he was happy to take the pounding from his teammates a player gets following a walk-off hit.
It's awesome," he said. "It's the best beating of your life. I know (Gordon) Beckham was in there giving me some good shots to the mid-section, but no, it's tons of fun. As soon as you get that hit, you can't feel anything for the next 10 minutes. So it's great to celebrate with those guys."
As part of the Civil Rights Game proceedings, Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson were honored during the pregame ceremonies. Franklin couldn't attend and former Tigers great Willie Horton accepted in her honor. ... Before the game, White Sox manager Robin Ventura was asked how good Jackson might have been without the hip injury. "It's hard to describe him to people now of how strong, fast and smart of a baseball player he was," Ventura said. "He was good regardless. We'll never know, but I haven't seen anyone that's had his abilities since.". Rangers centerfielder Leonys Martin had to leave the game in the ninth after colliding with left-fielder David Murphy, but Washington said Martin has a slight right ankle sprain and should be fine.. Rangers RHP Nick Tepesch threw live batting practice on Saturday and reported no issues. ... RHP Matt Garza (9-2), a former Cub, makes his return to Chicago Sunday when he faces John Danks (3-10) in series finale.
|Josh Phegley (left) celebrates with teammates after driving in the winning run in the ninth inning. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|Leonys Martin, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.271|
|Elvis Andrus, DH||5||0||2||0||0||0||2||.256|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.271|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||2||.327|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||3||1||1||0||0||1||2||.279|
|Alex Rios, RF-CF||4||1||1||2||0||0||2||.277|
|Jeff Baker, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.288|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.245|
|Craig Gentry, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.249|
|a-David Murphy, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.221|
|Jurickson Profar, SS||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.234|
|a-struck out for Gentry in the 9th|
|2B - Adrian Beltre (27, Santiago)|
|HR - Alex Rios (13, Santiago)|
|RBI - Alex Rios 2 (60)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios 2 (23)|
|SB - Leonys Martin (29, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Flowers), Elvis Andrus (35, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Flowers)|
|CS - Ian Kinsler (9, 2nd base by Santiago/Flowers)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Craig Gentry 1|
|Tanner Scheppers (L,5-2)||0.2||3||1||1||0||0||0||2.18|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 113-70, Neal Cotts 16-9, Tanner Scheppers 17-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 2-6|
|Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 28, Neal Cotts 3, Tanner Scheppers 5|
|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.267|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.295|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.288|
|Adam Dunn, DH||4||1||1||2||0||3||1||.234|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.238|
|Avisail Garcia, RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.271|
|Conor Gillaspie, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.245|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||0||2||0||0||2||3||.254|
|Tyler Flowers, C||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.190|
|a-Jeff Keppinger, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.246|
|Josh Phegley, C||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.213|
|a-struck out for Flowers in the 7th|
|2B - Alexei Ramirez (34, Darvish)|
|HR - Adam Dunn (29, Darvish)|
|RBI - Adam Dunn 2 (76), Josh Phegley (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn 2 (40), Josh Phegley (4)|
|CS - Alejandro De Aza (7, 2nd base by Darvish/Pierzynski)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko|
|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Nate Jones (W,4-4)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.88|
|HBP - Pierzynski (by Hector Santiago), Profar (by Nate Jones)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 105-63, Matt Lindstrom 14-8, Donnie Veal 12-9, Nate Jones 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 4-7, Matt Lindstrom 1-1, Donnie Veal 1-1, Nate Jones 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 28, Matt Lindstrom 3, Donnie Veal 3, Nate Jones 4|
|Attendance - 22079|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Jerry Layne|