Lopez goes 8 innings as White Sox blank Rangers 3-0

CHICAGO (AP) Reynaldo Lopez hid the ball in his glove as White Sox manager Rick Renteria approached the mound. Renteria asked if Lopez had enough left to retire Shin-Soo Choo, and Lopez said it was his batter.

That was all Renteria needed to hear.

Lopez finished a career-high eight innings by striking out Choo with a runner on first, and Chicago beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Sunday for its first home series win this season.

''The way he went out today, there was a lot of conviction and intensity and focus in his outing today, from pitch one,'' Renteria said.

Lopez (1-3) allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked two in his first victory since Sept. 22 against Kansas City. The right-hander has been Chicago's best starter this year, but has been hurt by poor run support.

Leury Garcia had two hits and two RBIs, and Welington Castillo homered as the major league-worst White Sox (13-30) took three of four against last-place Texas. They won consecutive games for the first time since winning three in a row at Kansas City from April 26-28.

''This was one of the best games for us,'' Garcia said.

Texas (18-30) lost for the sixth time in eight games and was shut out for the first time this season. Mike Minor (3-3) struck out a season-high nine in five innings, but was charged with three runs and six hits.

Choo singled in the first and Carlos Perez led off the third with a double for the Rangers' only hits. Jace Fry pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.

''The effort's there. However, we've got to reassess what our identity is and who we are,'' Texas manager Jeff Banister said. ''I know we're a better ballclub than this. I know our hitters should be able to pose a better attack than we did today.''

Lopez retired 17 of 18 batters before Delino DeShields walked with two outs in the eighth, prompting the visit from Renteria. The crowd cheered when Renteria left Lopez in, and the pitcher pounded his chest after he struck out Choo swinging to end the inning.

The 24-year-old Lopez struggled in his previous start, yielding six runs in two-plus innings during a 7-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

''I just changed my attitude in the game,'' Lopez said through a translator. ''I was more positive today than I was in my last outing, and I think that was one of the biggest differences.''

Castillo put the White Sox in front with a one-out drive deep into the seats in left in the second. Garcia added an opposite-field, two-run single in the third, with Tim Anderson sliding in ahead of Perez's tag.

UP AND DOWN

Minor has permitted six homers in his last four starts. He is 1-2 with a 7.17 ERA in May.

''I made quality pitches all day, I felt like,'' he said. ''The three runs, I felt like I was unlucky.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Chris Martin was activated from the 10-day disabled list and right-hander Ariel Jurado was optioned to Double-A Frisco. Martin, who had been sidelined by right forearm irritation, pitched a scoreless inning. ... LHP Matt Moore said his sore right knee has been bothering him since spring training. He was placed on the DL on Saturday. ''At this point, it just makes sense to let it cool off,'' he said.

White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia recently had a follow-up MRI on his right hamstring injury that showed improvement, but the ''continued presence'' of a Grade 2 strain, according to the team. He will be receiving PRP injections and his rehab activities will be limited for the next three weeks, likely pushing back his return to game action to closer to the end of June. ... LHP Carlos Rodon (arthroscopic shoulder surgery) will join Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and make his next rehab start with the Knights on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.82 ERA) makes his 22nd career appearance against the New York Yankees on Monday night in Texas. Colon, who turns 45 on Thursday, is 6-9 with a 6.11 ERA against New York, one of his former teams. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.73 ERA) pitches for the Yankees.

White Sox: LHP Hector Santiago (0-1, 5.29) starts Monday night in the opener of a four-game series against Baltimore. Santiago has made three starts and nine relief appearances this year, with the White Sox losing all 12 games. RHP Andrew Cashner (1-5, 4.83 ERA) pitches for the visiting Orioles.

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CHW13-30
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  • W: R. Lopez (1-3)L: M. Minor (3-3)S: J. Fry (1)
  • HR: CHW - W. Castillo (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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S. Choo RF40100012.251.330.399.7290.5
J. Profar SS40000012.228.301.379.6801.5
N. Mazara DH40000012.276.332.503.834-0.5
J. Gallo LF30000110.199.277.455.7310.5
R. Rua 1B30000021.176.205.297.502-1.0
R. Odor 2B30000011.169.236.231.467-0.5
H. Alberto 3B30000001.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Perez C30100000.158.179.263.4432.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Anderson SS41100001.234.292.405.6974.0
    L. Garcia LF40220010.268.311.375.6863.5
    J. Abreu 1B40000022.299.366.518.884-1.0
    M. Davidson DH40000041.239.362.530.892-2.0
    W. Castillo C31211000.260.306.471.7777.0
    Y. Moncada 2B30000011.263.348.482.830-0.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B30100011.281.317.425.742-0.5
    A. Engel CF31100022.184.254.233.4871.0
    T. Thompson RF30100021.121.147.288.4351.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Perez
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Thompson (2)
      • HR - W. Castillo (6)
      • RBI - L. Garcia 2 (13), W. Castillo (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Profar (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Anderson (11)
      • CS - Y. Sanchez (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Sanchez (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (L, 3-3)5.06330915.591.325.5
      T. Barnette1.00000102.920.813.5
      A. Claudio1.02000104.841.751.5
      C. Martin1.00000204.801.334.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (L, 3-3)5.0
      T. Barnette1.0
      A. Claudio1.0
      C. Martin1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Lopez (W, 1-3)8.02002802.981.1634.0
      J. Fry (S, 1)1.00000200.000.2411.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Lopez (W, 1-3)8.0
      J. Fry (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 90-64, T. Barnette 12-8, A. Claudio 8-6, C. Martin 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 4-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 21, T. Barnette 3, A. Claudio 4, C. Martin 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 107-68, J. Fry 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 9-8
      • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 29, J. Fry 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TEX18-30
      000000000020
      CHW13-30
      01200000X381
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. DeShields CF30000131.236.323.336.659-0.5
      S. Choo RF40100012.251.330.399.7290.5
      J. Profar SS40000012.228.301.379.6801.5
      N. Mazara DH40000012.276.332.503.834-0.5
      J. Gallo LF30000110.199.277.455.7310.5
      R. Rua 1B30000021.176.205.297.502-1.0
      R. Odor 2B30000011.169.236.231.467-0.5
      H. Alberto 3B30000001.000.000.000.0000.0
      C. Perez C30100000.158.179.263.4432.0
      Total30020021010-----
      HITTERSAB
      D. DeShields CF3
      S. Choo RF4
      J. Profar SS4
      N. Mazara DH4
      J. Gallo LF3
      R. Rua 1B3
      R. Odor 2B3
      H. Alberto 3B3
      C. Perez C3
      Total30
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        T. Anderson SS41100001.234.292.405.6974.0
        L. Garcia LF40220010.268.311.375.6863.5
        J. Abreu 1B40000022.299.366.518.884-1.0
        M. Davidson DH40000041.239.362.530.892-2.0
        W. Castillo C31211000.260.306.471.7777.0
        Y. Moncada 2B30000011.263.348.482.830-0.5
        Y. Sanchez 3B30100011.281.317.425.742-0.5
        A. Engel CF31100022.184.254.233.4871.0
        T. Thompson RF30100021.121.147.288.4351.0
        Total3138310139-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Perez
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Thompson (2)
          • HR - W. Castillo (6)
          • RBI - L. Garcia 2 (13), W. Castillo (14)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Profar (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Anderson (11)
          • CS - Y. Sanchez (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - Y. Sanchez (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Minor (L, 3-3)5.06330915.591.325.5
          T. Barnette1.00000102.920.813.5
          A. Claudio1.02000104.841.751.5
          C. Martin1.00000204.801.334.0
          Total8.08330131---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Minor (L, 3-3)5.0
          T. Barnette1.0
          A. Claudio1.0
          C. Martin1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Lopez (W, 1-3)8.02002802.981.1634.0
          J. Fry (S, 1)1.00000200.000.2411.0
          Total9.02002100---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Lopez (W, 1-3)8.0
          J. Fry (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 90-64, T. Barnette 12-8, A. Claudio 8-6, C. Martin 17-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 4-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Minor 21, T. Barnette 3, A. Claudio 4, C. Martin 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 107-68, J. Fry 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 9-8
          • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 29, J. Fry 3
          • 3RD INNING
            Garcia singled to right, Engel and Anderson scored03
          • 2ND INNING
            Castillo homered to left01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jace Fry relieved Reynaldo Lopez
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Profar flied out to deep right
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Ball, Alberto flied out to center
            • C. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez lined out to center
            • D. DeShields: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeShields walked
            • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Martin relieved Alex Claudio
            • L. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Abreu flied out to left
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Gallo flied out to left
            • R. Rua: Ball, Foul, Rua flied out to right
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Claudio relieved Tony Barnette
            • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez reached on an infield single to second
            • A. Engel: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • T. Thompson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Sanchez caught stealing, catcher to second, Thompson doubled to deep center
            • T. Anderson: Anderson popped out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Choo grounded out to first
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Profar safe at first on 3rd baseman Sanchez fielding error
            • N. Mazara: Mazara lined out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Tony Barnette relieved Mike Minor
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Castillo flied out to center
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Ball, Odor grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Strike looking, Alberto lined out to left
            • C. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Perez lined out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • T. Thompson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Thompson struck out looking
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia singled to center
            • J. Abreu: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Mazara grounded out to second
            • J. Gallo: Gallo flied out to left
            • R. Rua: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Rua struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Castillo singled to deep left
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Sanchez fouled out to first
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • C. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez doubled to deep left
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo grounded out to second, Perez to third
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Engel singled to center
            • T. Thompson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
            • T. Anderson: Pickoff attempt, Anderson singled to left, Engel to third
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Anderson stole second, Ball, Garcia singled to right, Engel and Anderson scored
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Abreu flied out to deep center
            • M. Davidson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
            • R. Rua: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Odor grounded out to third, Gallo to second
            • H. Alberto: Strike swinging, Alberto grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Castillo homered to left
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada grounded out to third
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, DeShields struck out on foul tip
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Choo singled to right center
            • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Foul, Profar reached on fielder's choice to second, Choo out at second
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Profar stole second, Mazara grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Anderson grounded out to second
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia grounded out to third
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)