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Rosales hits 2 HRs, leads Rangers over White Sox

By MATT CARLSON
Associated Press
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CHICAGO (AP) Adam Rosales hasn't been a big hitter throughout his career. Except when he faces Chris Sale.

Rosales homered twice in a game for the first time in his career and Nick Tepesch pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, leading the Texas Rangers over Sale and the Chicago White Sox 3-1 Wednesday.

Rosales hit a two-run shot in the second of Sale (10-2), Chicago's left-handed ace, and added a solo shot in the seventh of reliever Daniel Webb.

Rosales entered the game with only one homer this season, 21 in his career and a .222 lifetime batting average in parts of seven seasons.

But against Sale, a three-time All-Star, Rosales is 6 for 11 with three homers.

''I feel like I've always picked up the ball pretty well against Sale,'' Rosales said. ''I'm an aggressive hitter and he just comes right at me.''

''A power pitcher, and he's going to come right at you and you better be ready,'' he said.

The Rangers, who began the day with baseball's worst record, have won consecutive games for the first time since June 27-28. They routed the White Sox 16-0 on Tuesday night.

Tepesch (4-7) gave up six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He had lost four straight decisions, and skipped a turn because of a sore left knee.

''He hadn't pitched in 10 days, so I didn't know what to expect,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Sale allowed three hits in six innings, striking out nine. His only other loss this season came on June 12, when he was outdueled by Detroit's Max Scherzer.

''I was just sporadic through the whole day,'' Sale said. ''It's just been the last couple of starts. Fastball command has been kind of off.''

Chicago's Dayan Viciedo homered in the seventh off Roman Mendez. Neftali Feliz got two outs for his fourth save in five chances.

White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton exited in the second after running into the right-center field fence trying to catch Rosales' homer. Eaton bruised his lower back.

''I've never done that before,'' Eaton said. ''Little embarrassed, but my back kind of took a beating a little bit there. I'm very happy that it wasn't my head.''

In four starts and one relief appearance in July, Tepesch allowed 18 runs in 22 2-3 innings before his knee flared up in the seventh inning of his last start, on July 26 against Oakland.

This time, Tepesch sailed through five innings before leaving with runners on second and third and two outs in the sixth. Roman Mendez replaced him and got major league home run leader Jose Abreu to ground out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Catcher Geovany Soto (strained right groin) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, and catcher Chris Gimenez comes off three-day paternity leave Thursday. With catcher Robinson Chirinos already on the roster and the addition of first baseman Mike Carp on Monday, Gimenez will likely to be sent to Triple-A Round Rock.

White Sox: Alejandro De Aza was back in left field after sitting out Tuesday night's game with a bruised left knee. ... Pitching coach Don Cooper missed the game because of a recurrence of vertigo-like symptoms. He won't make the trip with the team to Seattle. Cooper has missed 13 games with the condition so far.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Texas is off on Thursday, then opens a three-game series at Houston on Friday. Rangers RHP Miles Mikolas (1-4, 7.29) is scheduled to make his seventh start against LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-7, 4.13).

White Sox: Chicago starts a four-game series at Seattle on Thursday night. RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36) will oppose RHP Roenis Elias (8-9, 4.19). Carroll is 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA in his last four starts.

WELL DUNN

White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn took the mound for the first time since high school when he pitched the ninth inning of Tuesday's 16-0 loss to the Rangers. The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder allowed one run on two hits and a walk. ''I really don't know what I threw,'' he joked. ''I was just holding the ball and spinning it one way or another.''

HOMETOWN SHOW

Rosales, a native of the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Ill, put on his power show front of family, including his mother, father, wife and daughter. He left 15 passes for Wednesday's game and 25 for Tuesday's contest. ''It's neat to do it, this is my hometown,'' he said.

ELVIS SINGS

Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus extended his hitting streak to 13 games with two singles off Sale. He had been 0 for 15 in his career against Sale.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

A. Rosales
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Chicago

D. Viciedo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Shin-Soo Choo, DH4010020.238.344.362
Elvis Andrus, SS3020101.274.324.350
Alex Rios, RF4000022.293.323.412
Adrian Beltre, 3B3000101.319.371.508
J.P. Arencibia, 1B3100021.194.261.411
   Mike Carp, 1B0000000.189.315.267
Adam Rosales, 2B4223010.324.410.618
Robinson Chirinos, C3000021.237.276.427
Jim Adduci, LF3000000.226.300.274
Daniel Robertson, CF2000010.292.333.323
   a-Leonys Martin, PH-CF1000000.256.314.359
Nick Tepesch, P0000000.500.500.500
   Roman Mendez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000.000.000.000
   Neftali Feliz, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals30353210    
a-lined out for Robertson in the 7th
Batting
HR - Adam Rosales 2 (3, Sale)
RBI - Adam Rosales 3 (9)
CS - Elvis Andrus 2 (12, )
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Rosales-Andrus, Rosales-Andrus-Andrus-Rosales-Arencibia, Rosales-Andrus-Andrus-Rosales-Arencibia-Rosales-Andrus-Arencibia
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nick Tepesch (W,4-7) 5.2600120 4.46
Roman Mendez (H,2) 1211001 1.80
Neal Cotts (H,16) 1.2000120 3.26
Neftali Feliz (S,4) 0.2000020 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Tepesch 79-55, Roman Mendez 23-14, Neal Cotts 19-13, Neftali Feliz 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Tepesch 5-6, Roman Mendez 2-1, Neal Cotts 1-2
Batters Faced - Nick Tepesch 20, Roman Mendez 5, Neal Cotts 6, Neftali Feliz 2
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Adam Eaton, CF1000000.305.371.402
   Leury Garcia, CF3000032.182.216.236
Alexei Ramirez, SS4030000.292.326.425
Jose Abreu, 1B3000104.304.361.619
Adam Dunn, DH4000001.219.348.429
Dayan Viciedo, RF-LF4121010.238.286.400
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4000011.313.364.450
Tyler Flowers, C3010001.252.307.376
Alejandro De Aza, LF2020000.245.312.361
   a-Paul Konerko, PH1000011.240.279.383
   Moises Sierra, RF0000000.237.262.353
Gordon Beckham, 2B2000101.223.269.351
Chris Sale, P0000000.000.000.000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000.000.000.000
   Javy Guerra, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3118126    
a-struck out for De Aza in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alexei Ramirez (22, Tepesch), Alejandro De Aza (14, Tepesch)
HR - Dayan Viciedo (14, Mendez)
RBI - Dayan Viciedo (41)
CS - Alexei Ramirez (4, 2nd base by Tepesch/Chirinos)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Abreu
E - Conor Gillaspie (9, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale (L,10-2) 6322291 2.14
Daniel Webb 1111001 3.71
Javy Guerra 1100000 3.34
Jake Petricka 1000010 2.05
IBB - Beltre by Chris Sale
HBP - Arencibia (by Chris Sale)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 111-71, Daniel Webb 17-13, Javy Guerra 9-6, Jake Petricka 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 5-3, Daniel Webb 1-2, Javy Guerra 2-0, Jake Petricka 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 23, Daniel Webb 4, Javy Guerra 3, Jake Petricka 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18898
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Chris Conroy