Joe Nathan had an impressive Texas Rangers debut on Friday, working a perfect ninth inning to save an Opening Day victory. The same couldn’t be said for his second appearance.
Nathan gave up a solo home run to Alex Rios in the top of the ninth on Saturday, breaking a tie game and serving as the difference in the White Sox 4-3 victory at Rangers Ballpark.
Rios sent a 1-2 fastball to center, and it cleared the fence and outstretched glove of Josh Hamilton.
The Rangers couldn’t rally in the ninth against White Sox lefty Hector Santiago.
The White Sox took a 3-1 lead in the third, thanks to a pair of two-out walks issued by Rangers starter Derek Holland. After walking Brent Lillibridge and Adam Dunn, Holland served up an 0-2 changeup to Paul Konerko, who ripped it to right-center for a two-run double.
The Rangers answered in the bottom of the third, though. Ian Kinsler led off with a triple and scored on a single by Elvis Andrus. Andrus later scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Beltre.
The White Sox scored a run in the first. Alejandro De Aza led off with a single and scored on a single by Konerko.
Texas tied it in the second on an RBI single by Mike Napoli, scoring Michael Young.
Holland went six innings, allowing three runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Chicago starter Jake Peavy, meanwhile, went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
-- Drew Davison