ARLINGTON – The Texas Rangers are trying to get their offense – and team – clicking on all cylinders, but the Chicago White Sox haven’t made it easy.
The White Sox have won their past five games against the Rangers, and did it again with a 5-2 victory on Saturday night at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers have lost six of their last nine, and their lead in the American League West is down to at least 3 ½ games over the Oakland A’s. The Angels played a late game Saturday, but could pull to within three games with a win.
Chicago broke a scoreless game with two runs in the fourth on a two-run home run by Paul Konerko off Texas starter Matt Harrison. The White Sox made it 5-0 with three runs in the fifth, two coming on a home run by Adam Dunn.
The Rangers scored a run in the fifth on a solo home run by Mike Napoli, but could have done more damage. With a runner on third and one out, Ian Kinsler struck out and Elvis Andrus grounded out.
Texas had another opportunity in the seventh when Michael Young led off with a triple and Napoli walked. But Martin and Craig Gentry struck out, and Ian Kinsler flew out on a flare that White Sox leftfielder Dayan Viciedo made a sliding catch on.
The Rangers were 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position, and are 1 for 21 in the series.
Harrison gave up five runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts over seven innings. That’s the most runs he’s allowed since the Blue Jays scored eight on May 2.
-- Drew Davison