CHICAGO – The Texas Rangers have to like their chances any time a game comes down to a battle of the bullpens. But it didn’t work out in their favor Wednesday night.
The Chicago White Sox won in walk-off fashion, as their newest member, Kevin Youkilis, came through with the game-winning RBI single for a 5-4 victory over the Rangers on a perfect Fourth of July night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox have won the first two games of the series, snapping the Rangers’ consecutive series winning streak at seven. Even with the loss, the Rangers maintained their five-game lead in the American League West. The Angels fell to the Indians earlier in the day.
With the game tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the 10th, the White Sox rallied against Rangers reliever Mike Adams.
Alejandro De Aza drew a walk and stole second. Youkilis followed with a single to left-center.
Adams had worked a perfect ninth. Robbie Ross also pitched well in relief, throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings and lowering his ERA to 0.99.
Texas starter Scott Feldman did what the Rangers needed him to do, keeping the team in the game. He gave up four runs – all in the second inning – over six innings.
-- Drew Davison