ARLINGTON – The Chicago White Sox scratched former Cy Young winner Jake Peavy before the game, but emergency starter Hector Santiago pitched well on short notice.
The Texas Rangers managed only one run off Santiago and couldn’t capitalize on opportunities later in the game, as they fell 3-1 on a chilly Thursday night at Rangers Ballpark.
The White Sox took the series, 2-1, which marked the first series loss for the Rangers this season. They were the last team in the majors to lose a series, and have lost four of their last five.
Rangers starter Justin Grimm held the White Sox scoreless through the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. With two outs, he gave up a pair of singles and then a three-run homer to White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers.
That proved to be the pivotal play of the game.
The Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead when Adrian Beltre homered to start the second. They didn’t get anything else off Santiago, though, who allowed one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Beltre and the Rangers had more chances later on. With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, Beltre bounced into an inning-ending double play. With runners on first and second and two outs in the eighth, Beltre struck out.
In the ninth, Nelson Cruz drew a leadoff walk and David Murphy reached on a one-out walk. But White Sox closer Addison Reed struck out Mitch Moreland and Leonys Martin to end the game.
The Rangers have scored 15 runs over their past five games, including 10 on Tuesday.
-- Drew Davison