ARLINGTON – Yu Darvish didn’t have his best stuff, but the offense wound up providing enough support.
Nelson Cruz, Jeff Baker and Adrian Beltre all went deep, and a six-run sixth inning propelled the Texas Rangers to a 10-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday at Rangers Ballpark.
With the game tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the sixth, the Rangers’ offense broke loose against three White Sox relievers.
Geovany Soto started it by drawing a one-out walk, and then scored on a double by Mitch Moreland. With two outs, Ian Kinsler drove in Moreland with a single to center. Elvis Andrus followed with a single and then Lance Berkman drew a walk to load the bases.
That’s when White Sox reliever Nate Jones gifted a couple runs by throwing consecutive run-scoring wild pitches during an at-bat with Beltre. His next pitch, though, would have scored the runs anyways. Beltre launched a two-run homer into the left-field seats to extend the Rangers lead to 10-4.
Darvish earned his fifth victory of the season, allowing four runs on seven hits with three walks and nine strikeouts over six innings. Reliever Tanner Scheppers gave up a run in the seventh on a solo homer by Adam Dunn, ending his scoreless inning streak at 12 2/3 to start the season.
The White Sox scored another run in the eighth off Michael Kirkman.
The White Sox scored two runs off Darvish in the first, but the Rangers answered with back-to-back solo shots in the fourth by Cruz and Baker. Texas took the lead with two runs in the fifth on RBI hits by Kinsler and Andrus.
Chicago tied it at 4-4 in the top of the sixth, though, on a two-out, two-run homer by Dewayne Wise, who had four hits on the night.-- Drew Davison