Rookie Allard dominant as Rangers beat White Sox 4-0

CHICAGO (AP) The Texas Rangers asked Kolby Allard to throw his curveball more.

The rookie accepted the challenge and flourished.

Allard pitched into the seventh inning, and Texas used homers by Willie Calhoun and Danny Santana to beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Saturday night.

Allard (2-0) allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked none in his fourth start since he was acquired in a trade with Atlanta last month.

''These are obviously major league hitters. The more weapons you got in your back pocket to go at them and the more ways you can get people out, the longer you're going to hang around this game and the more success you're going to have,'' Allard said.

Calhoun and Nick Solak had two hits apiece for the Rangers, who had dropped seven of 10.

Jose Abreu had two of Chicago's eight hits, giving him 1,001 for his career. The White Sox had won three in a row.

Calhoun hit a two-run drive off Ivan Nova (9-10) in the sixth, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead. It was his fourth homer in his last six games and No. 15 on the season, extending his career high.

Elvis Andrus was aboard after he reached on shortstop Tim Anderson's throwing error, stole second and advanced on catcher James McCann's throwing error. The White Sox finished with three errors.

Nova was charged with an earned run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He was 5-0 with a 0.85 ERA in his previous six starts.

''I'm just throwing better pitches,'' Nova said. ''We keep working hard. We're still hungry and want to keep pitching better.''

Santana added another two-run shot against Jimmy Cordero in the seventh.

Rafael Montero and Jose Leclerc combined to strike out six and limit the White Sox to two hits in the final 2 2/3 innings.

In his previous start, Allard allowed a career-high seven runs in five innings against the Angels.

He found more success with his cutter Saturday.

''Came out a little flat in the first against Anaheim and obviously it showed,'' Allard said. ''Came out with a little bit more of an emphasis on coming out of the gate early and coming out of the gate hot today and we did a good job executing from pitch one.''

White Sox center fielder Adam Engel made a diving catch on Scott Heineman's liner in the fifth to preserve a scoreless game. Nova clapped in response.

Heineman caught Anderson's drive to the center field wall to end the Chicago fifth with a runner on second.

JOINING THE CLUB

Abreu called reaching 1,000 hits ''a really big accomplishment for me, my career, for my family and for this organization.''

FRONT OFFICE CHANGES

Rangers director of player development Matt Blood is moving to the new role of director of baseball innovation. Assistant GM Mike Daly takes over as farm director.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Jesse Chavez (right elbow impingement) will possibly have surgery to remove a bone spur. ''He's going to see doctor when we get back home and I think the possibility of getting that spur cleaned out is on the table,'' general manager Jon Daniels said. ''If that were to happen, he would not come back this year. He should be 100 percent for next year.'' Chavez has been on the IL since Aug. 13. ... OF Hunter Pence (lower back tightness) was out of the lineup and not expected to play Sunday. He said the injury occurred Friday in the batting cage. ... OF Joey Gallo (right wrist surgery) will have to play through pain if he returns this season, manager Chris Woodward said. ''It's a tolerance thing. He can't hurt it anymore,'' Woodward said. Gallo has been on the IL since July 24. ... OF Nomar Mazara (left oblique strain) is taking swings as he nears a return from the IL.

White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez (right hip flexor soreness) returned as the designated hitter after he missed two games. The team is easing him back onto the field.

UP NEXT

Rangers left-hander Brock Burke (0-0, 0.00 ERA) faces White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (7-11, 5.25 ERA) on Sunday. Burke will make his second career start after throwing six scoreless innings Tuesday against the Angels. Lopez is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA in his last eight starts.

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  • W: K. Allard (2-0)L: I. Nova (9-10)
  • HR: TEX - D. Santana (22), W. Calhoun (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Choo RF41100112.266.371.465.8362.5
D. Santana 1B51121032.299.327.564.8915.5
E. Andrus SS41100000.282.319.410.7294.0
W. Calhoun LF41221001.292.333.579.9138.0
N. Solak DH40200011.333.391.571.9631.5
R. Odor 2B40000013.197.273.406.680-0.5
L. Forsythe 3B40000032.230.332.366.698-1.5
S. Heineman CF40100010.179.258.250.5080.5
J. Mathis C40100011.167.221.233.4551.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Garcia LF40000023.282.313.388.701-1.0
    T. Anderson SS40100011.332.353.496.8490.5
    J. Abreu 1B40200011.278.316.498.8151.5
    Y. Moncada 3B40000023.302.357.549.907-1.0
    E. Jimenez DH40100021.241.293.468.7610.0
    J. McCann C40000021.282.333.471.805-1.0
    J. Jay RF40100011.270.306.319.6250.5
    A. Engel CF30100012.216.286.336.6220.5
    a- R. Goins PH10100000.274.359.398.7582.0
    Y. Sanchez 2B40100025.253.313.324.6370.0
    • a-doubled for Engel in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Mathis (8)
    • HR - D. Santana (22), W. Calhoun (15)
    • RBI - D. Santana 2 (61), W. Calhoun 2 (34)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Santana 2 (24)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, D. Santana 2 (2), W. Calhoun, R. Odor, L. Forsythe 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Goins (6)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Garcia 2 (2), T. Anderson, Y. Moncada 2 (2), E. Jimenez, Y. Sanchez 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Andrus (26)
    FIELDING
    • E - K. Allard, L. Forsythe (9)
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Anderson (21), J. Jay, J. McCann (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Allard (W, 2-0)6.16000804.641.3126.0
    R. Montero (H, 3)1.21000401.080.964.0
    J. Leclerc1.01000204.201.283.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Allard (W, 2-0)6.1
    R. Montero (H, 3)1.2
    J. Leclerc1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Nova (L, 9-10)5.26210614.371.376.0
    J. Cordero1.03220114.661.03-1.5
    J. Osich1.00000005.261.173.0
    J. Ruiz1.10001405.241.864.0
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Nova (L, 9-10)5.2
    J. Cordero1.0
    J. Osich1.0
    J. Ruiz1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Allard 99-71, R. Montero 21-16, J. Leclerc 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Allard 4-8, J. Leclerc 1-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Allard 26, R. Montero 6, J. Leclerc 4
    • Balks - R. Montero
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 107-71, J. Cordero 13-10, J. Osich 8-5, J. Ruiz 23-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 7-5, J. Cordero 2-0, J. Osich 3-0
    • Batters Faced - I. Nova 24, J. Cordero 6, J. Osich 3, J. Ruiz 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo RF41100112.266.371.465.8362.5
    D. Santana 1B51121032.299.327.564.8915.5
    E. Andrus SS41100000.282.319.410.7294.0
    W. Calhoun LF41221001.292.333.579.9138.0
    N. Solak DH40200011.333.391.571.9631.5
    R. Odor 2B40000013.197.273.406.680-0.5
    L. Forsythe 3B40000032.230.332.366.698-1.5
    S. Heineman CF40100010.179.258.250.5080.5
    J. Mathis C40100011.167.221.233.4551.5
    Total37494211112-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Garcia LF40000023.282.313.388.701-1.0
      T. Anderson SS40100011.332.353.496.8490.5
      J. Abreu 1B40200011.278.316.498.8151.5
      Y. Moncada 3B40000023.302.357.549.907-1.0
      E. Jimenez DH40100021.241.293.468.7610.0
      J. McCann C40000021.282.333.471.805-1.0
      J. Jay RF40100011.270.306.319.6250.5
      A. Engel CF30100012.216.286.336.6220.5
      a- R. Goins PH10100000.274.359.398.7582.0
      Y. Sanchez 2B40100025.253.313.324.6370.0
      Total36080001418-----
      • a-doubled for Engel in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mathis (8)
      • HR - D. Santana (22), W. Calhoun (15)
      • RBI - D. Santana 2 (61), W. Calhoun 2 (34)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Santana 2 (24)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, D. Santana 2 (2), W. Calhoun, R. Odor, L. Forsythe 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Goins (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Garcia 2 (2), T. Anderson, Y. Moncada 2 (2), E. Jimenez, Y. Sanchez 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Andrus (26)
      FIELDING
      • E - K. Allard, L. Forsythe (9)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Anderson (21), J. Jay, J. McCann (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Allard (W, 2-0)6.16000804.641.3126.0
      R. Montero (H, 3)1.21000401.080.964.0
      J. Leclerc1.01000204.201.283.0
      Total9.08000140---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Allard (W, 2-0)6.1
      R. Montero (H, 3)1.2
      J. Leclerc1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Nova (L, 9-10)5.26210614.371.376.0
      J. Cordero1.03220114.661.03-1.5
      J. Osich1.00000005.261.173.0
      J. Ruiz1.10001405.241.864.0
      Total9.09431112---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Nova (L, 9-10)5.2
      J. Cordero1.0
      J. Osich1.0
      J. Ruiz1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Allard 99-71, R. Montero 21-16, J. Leclerc 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Allard 4-8, J. Leclerc 1-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Allard 26, R. Montero 6, J. Leclerc 4
      • Balks - R. Montero
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 107-71, J. Cordero 13-10, J. Osich 8-5, J. Ruiz 23-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 7-5, J. Cordero 2-0, J. Osich 3-0
      • Batters Faced - I. Nova 24, J. Cordero 6, J. Osich 3, J. Ruiz 5
      • 7TH INNING
        Santana homered to right center, Choo scored40
      • 6TH INNING
        Calhoun homered to right, Andrus scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Ruiz Pitching:
        • S. Heineman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Heineman struck out looking
        • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Rafael Montero
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Jay grounded out to first
        • Ryan Goins hit for Adam Engel
        • R. Goins: Ball, Goins doubled to deep right
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Osich Pitching:
        • N. Solak: Strike looking, Solak grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Odor grounded out to second
        • Jose Ruiz relieved Josh Osich
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Montero Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Anderson singled to center
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Anderson to second on balk, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • E. Jimenez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Cordero Pitching:
        • S. Heineman: Ball, Heineman grounded out to second
        • J. Mathis: Mathis grounded out to second
        • S. Choo: Ball, Choo singled to center
        • D. Santana: Santana homered to right center, Choo scored
        • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus singled to right
        • Josh Osich relieved Jimmy Cordero
        • W. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Allard Pitching:
        • J. McCann: McCann safe at first on 3rd baseman Forsythe fielding error
        • J. Jay: Foul, Jay singled to left, McCann to second
        • A. Engel: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Engel struck out looking
        • Rafael Montero relieved Kolby Allard
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez flied out to center
        • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • El. Andrus: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Andrus safe at first on shortstop Anderson throwing error
        • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Andrus stole second, Andrus to third on catcher McCann throwing error, Foul, Calhoun homered to right, Andrus scored
        • N. Solak: Foul, Ball, Ball, Solak singled to center
        • R. Odor: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Odor grounded out to shortstop, Solak to second
        • Jimmy Cordero relieved Ivan Nova
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Forsythe struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
        • K. Allard Pitching:
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Abreu fouled out to first
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Moncada flied out to right
        • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Foul, Jimenez flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • S. Heineman: Strike looking, Ball, Heineman lined out to center
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Mathis doubled to left center
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Choo grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Allard Pitching:
        • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Foul, Engel lined out to left
        • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Sanchez singled to right
        • L. Garcia: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez to second on Allard throwing error, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Anderson flied out to deep center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • El. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Andrus lined out to right
        • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun singled to right, Calhoun to second on right fielder Jay fielding error
        • N. Solak: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Solak struck out looking
        • R. Odor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • K. Allard Pitching:
        • E. Jimenez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jay grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • S. Heineman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Heineman singled to shallow left
        • J. Mathis: Mathis reached on fielder's choice to second, Heineman out at second
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo flied out to center
        • D. Santana: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Allard Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to second
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson grounded out to third
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Abreu singled to center
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moncada lined out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • W. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun grounded out to second
        • N. Solak: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Solak singled to right
        • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Odor popped out to second
        • L. Forsythe: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Forsythe flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Allard Pitching:
        • E. Jimenez: Ball, Ball, Jimenez singled to center
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann lined out to right
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Jay struck out looking
        • A. Engel: Engel reached on bunt single to pitcher, Jimenez to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
        • El. Andrus: Andrus grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Allard Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Garcia flied out to center
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Abreu singled to right
        • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)