ARLINGTON – Maybe Nick Tepesch faced one batter too many.
The rookie right-hander gave up a two-run homer to the last batter he faced, and the Chicago White Sox went on to a 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
Tepesch held the White Sox to two runs over the first six innings, and the game was tied at 2-2 going into the seventh.
Tepesch started the inning by giving up a solo homer to Conor Gillaspie, and then allowed a two-out, two-run blast to Alejandro De Aza. That ended his night, as he allowed five runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
It was the most runs Tepesch has allowed in five big league starts, and he saw his streak of not allowing a walk end at 20 1/3 innings.
The Rangers threatened in the eighth, but couldn’t score. Elvis Andrus and Lance Berkman led off with singles, and Andrus moved to third on a fly out by Adrian Beltre. But Nelson Cruz struck out swinging and David Murphy grounded out to end the threat.
The Rangers put pressure on again in the ninth. With two outs, White Sox closer Addison Reed hit pinch-hitter A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch that didn't seem to go over too well between the former teammates. Ian Kinsler then singled, but Andrus struck out swinging to end the game.
Trailing 2-0 going to the bottom of the second, the Rangers rallied to tie the game against White Sox starter Chris Sale. Jeff Baker had a one-out homer and Ian Kinsler came through with an RBI single.
But more damage could have been done. The bases were loaded when Kinsler’s single hit off the left-field wall, but Geovany Soto – who was on second – thought the ball could be caught and went back to tag up.
Still, the bases remained loaded with one out, but Andrus struck out and Berkman grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
The Rangers didn't have a runner get into scoring position again until the eighth.-- Drew Davison