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August 23, 2013

Five homers send Rangers to 11-5 victory over White Sox

Jeff Baker and Adam Rosales hit two-run shots in the second inning Friday, and the Rangers collected a season-high five homers as they opened a three-game series against the White Sox with an 11-5 victory.

Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre hit solo homers, and Mitch Moreland hit a two-run pinch homer in the eighth. The first four homers were off Chicago ace Chris Sale.

Kinsler’s homer in the third was the 24th inside-the-park homer in club history. It helped back Martin Perez, who allowed four runs in seven innings and won for the seventh time since June 22.

Sale worked an easy first and had two outs and the bases empty in the second before Alex Rios dumped a single into right field. Baker followed with a 408-foot blast just to center for the game’s first two runs.

Gentry, the next batter, kept the inning alive when he took a 1-2 pitch off his leg, a mistake that quickly cost Sale. Rosales followed with a shot into the left-field seats, his first hit and RBIs since joining the Rangers.

But the White Sox quickly trimmed their deficit to 4-3 against Perez, who allowed a single, a double and another single to start the bottom half. A balk helped another run score on a two-out single by Gordon Beckham.

Kinsler, though, collected his first career inside-the-park homer with one out in the third. His ground shot down the left-field line rolled in the small gap between the side wall and the ground, and Dayan Viciedo attempted to make a play on it but couldn’t find it.

Kinsler kept running, and White Sox manager Robin Ventura argued until he was ejected.
Rosales brought in another run in the fourth, this time with a sacrifice fly to score Rios, and Beltre’s solo shot in the fifth tied him Nelson Cruz at 27 for the club lead in homers.

The Rangers weren’t done with Sale, who hit Leonys Martin with one out in the seventh. Martin stole second and came home two batters later on a single by Kinsler for an 8-4 lead.

Perez sat down the meat of the White Sox’s lineup in a 1-2-3 seventh, and bowed out at 110 pitches. He allowed only one run in his final five innings, didn’t allow a hit in his final three innings, and retired the final nine batters he faced.

-- Jeff Wilson

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