Chicago at Texas

White Sox batters have big day, pitchers two-hit Rangers wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura succinctly and aptly described the series finale at Texas.

"It's an odd game," Ventura said after the 16-2 victory Sunday that ended Chicago's four-game losing streak.

There was the bases-loaded triple by the fill-in leadoff hitter Marcus Semien after an intentional walk to the No. 9 batter, the strikeout that stood on a replay challenge after Alejandro De Aza insisted he was hit by the pitch, and White Sox starter Erik Johnson allowing two runs on only one hit over five innings.

"It's always a good day if you get a win, the team gets a win," Johnson said. "If you can go out and compete without your best stuff and your team overcomes and puts up a lot of runs, it's always a positive."

Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers while Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter against the Rangers, who had won five in a row.

The White Sox went ahead to stay with three unearned runs off Robbie Ross (1-1) in the fifth, including Abreu's fifth home run of the season for a 5-2 lead.

Johnson (1-1) allowed only a single, but the right-hander walked the leadoff batter the first four innings and threw only 44 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Texas also scored on a wild pitch, and had another runner thrown out trying to do the same.

"You're either effectively wild or effectively lucky," Ventura said.

Semien had a career-high four hits, including a bases-loaded trip in a strange sixth when Ross struck out the last two batters he faced on non-routine plays. Semien was hitting leadoff with Adam Eaton getting a couple of days off to rest some nagging leg issues.

Ross' final batter was Alejandro De Aza, who was called out on a third-strike check swing, right after Alexei Ramirez reached because of a wild pitch on the third strike.

Ventura unsuccessfully challenged, claiming the ball hit De Aza or the bat. The ruling from umpires in New York was that the call on the field stood -- that the batter was out on a checked swing.

De Aza said the ball hit both his hand and the bat. The ball appeared to change direction for some reason.

"I'm not even going to check [replay]. I know what happened," De Aza said. "I'm just in shock, that's all I can say."

Ventura got no real explanation on the final decision.

"It's another one of those vague it just stands," he said. "They're saying they don't have any evidence that it hit the bat."

Reliever Shawn Tolleson got the third consecutive strikeout in the inning before the Rangers opted to intentionally walk Danks. Semien then tripled off the base of the left-center field wall to make it 8-2.

"That's a little fire, it gives you a little fire when you see that happen right in front of you," he said. "I'm glad I got the result and we as a team got the result."

Tyler Flowers, who had three hits, had a leadoff single in the fifth, then went to third on Semien's one-out grounder when third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff made a throwing error while trying to start a double play. Conor Gillaspie had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly before Abreu homered.

Ross, a converted reliever, had a career high eight strikeouts with no walks in his 5 1/3 innings after not allowing an earned run his previous two starts. The lefty gave up seven hits and seven runs, four of them earned.

"If you hit your location, and throwing strikes is never detrimental, just missed his location on a few of them," manager Ron Washington said. "And then we didn't make a play behind him. That opened things up for them."

Ronald Belisario threw two scoreless innings before Andre Rienzo and Matt Lindstrom each worked an inning for Chicago.

Flowers had a leadoff single in the third before Danks' first home run.

Josh Wilson drew a leadoff walk and scored on a sac fly by Shin-Soo Choo in the Texas third, which ended when Leonys Martin got tagged out trying to score on pitch that ricocheted off the backstop.

Elvis Andrus walked to start the fourth, then went to third on a stolen base and errant throw by catcher Flowers before scoring on a wild pitch.


Rangers INF Luis Sardinas became the youngest player to appear in the majors this season when the 20-year-old made his major-league debut. He came into the game at shortstop for Andrus and then got an infield single his first at-bat. ... Kouzmanoff was 0 for 3, ending his 10-game hitting streak to start his Rangers career.

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It's that kind of a day for Robbie Ross and the Texas pitching staff, which yields 18 hits, including nine extra-base hits.  (Getty Images)
It's that kind of a day for Robbie Ross and the Texas pitching staff, which yields 18 hits, including nine extra-base hits. (Getty Images)

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
Marcus Semien, 2B6244010 .222
Conor Gillaspie, 3B5113004 .305
Jose Abreu, 1B6233011 .243
Adam Dunn, DH6000023 .269
Dayan Viciedo, RF5332000 .321
Alexei Ramirez, SS5220010 .360
Alejandro De Aza, LF5112033 .164
Tyler Flowers, C4330112 .389
Jordan Danks, CF4212134 .133
Erik Johnson, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   Andre Rienzo, P0000000 .000
   Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
2B - Conor Gillaspie (6, Noesi), Jose Abreu 2 (5, Noesi), Dayan Viciedo (5, Ross), Alexei Ramirez (5, Noesi)
3B - Marcus Semien (1, Tolleson)
HR - Jose Abreu (5, Ross), Dayan Viciedo (1, Tolleson), Jordan Danks (1, Ross)
SF - Conor Gillaspie (3)
RBI - Marcus Semien 4 (9), Conor Gillaspie 3 (12), Jose Abreu 3 (17), Dayan Viciedo 2 (8), Alejandro De Aza 2 (8), Jordan Danks 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Semien 4 (5), Conor Gillaspie 2 (6), Jose Abreu 3 (6), Dayan Viciedo (3)
SB - Alexei Ramirez (4, 2nd base off Tolleson/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Abreu-A. Ramirez, Abreu-A. Ramirez-Gillaspie-Semien-Abreu
E - Tyler Flowers (1, Throwing)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
Erik Johnson (W,1-1) 5121520 5.32
Ronald Belisario 2000010 10.24
Andre Rienzo 1100110 0.00
Matt Lindstrom 1000010 3.38
IBB - Fielder by Erik Johnson
WP - Erik Johnson (2)
HBP - Choo (by Ronald Belisario), Arencibia (by Andre Rienzo)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Johnson 87-44, Ronald Belisario 22-12, Andre Rienzo 27-15, Matt Lindstrom 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Johnson 3-7, Ronald Belisario 4-0, Matt Lindstrom 1-1
Batters Faced - Erik Johnson 18, Ronald Belisario 6, Andre Rienzo 6, Matt Lindstrom 3
Texas Rangers
Shin-Soo Choo, LF1001102 .313
Elvis Andrus, SS2100101 .296
   Luis Sardinas, SS10100001.000
Alex Rios, RF4000005 .316
Prince Fielder, 1B2000200 .188
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3000012 .366
   a-Donnie Murphy, PH1000010 .205
Mitch Moreland, DH4000022 .255
Josh Wilson, 2B1100200 .273
Leonys Martin, CF2010000 .322
   Michael Choice, CF1000011 .200
J.P. Arencibia, C2000002 .067
Robbie Ross, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Tolleson, P0000000 .000
   Pedro Figueroa, P0000000 .000
   Hector Noesi, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Kouzmanoff in the 9th
SF - Shin-Soo Choo (2)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (6)
SB - Elvis Andrus (9, 3rd base off Johnson/Flowers), Leonys Martin (3, 2nd base off Johnson/Flowers)
CS - Shin-Soo Choo (2, 2nd base by Johnson/Flowers)
Team LOB - 4
E - Kevin Kouzmanoff (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Robbie Ross (L,1-1) 5.1774082 2.31
Shawn Tolleson 1.2222121 3.68
Pedro Figueroa 1200010 4.00
Hector Noesi 1777110 14.21
IBB - Jor. Danks by Shawn Tolleson
WP - Robbie Ross (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Robbie Ross 86-65, Shawn Tolleson 28-16, Pedro Figueroa 21-12, Hector Noesi 40-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robbie Ross 4-6, Pedro Figueroa 2-0, Hector Noesi 2-0
Batters Faced - Robbie Ross 25, Shawn Tolleson 8, Pedro Figueroa 5, Hector Noesi 11
Game Information
Attendance - 35402
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Bob Davidson