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August 24, 2013

White Sox 3, Rangers 2 (F)

CHICAGO — Josh Phegley collected the third ninth-inning single against Tanner Scheppers with two outs to send the White Sox to a 3-2 walk-off victory and snap the Rangers’ franchise-record-tying road winning streak at nine games.

The loss also ended the Rangers’ four-game winnings streak and, coupled with a narrow Oakland win, shaved their lead in the American League West to 2 ½ games.

Alex Rios hit his first homer for the Rangers, a two-out two-run shot in the sixth, but the shot was answered in the bottom half as Adam Dunn also swatting a two-run homer with two outs.

Yu Darvish allowed two runs in seven innings, striking out 11, but was left to settle with a second straight no decision and possible a sore back or hamstring.

He did his best pitching in the seventh after a leadoff walk and a single put runners at the corners with no outs. He disposed of Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers with strikeouts on pitches out of the strike zone, and then stayed in the game against the left-handed-hitting Alejandro De Aza even though lefty Neal Cotts was ready in the bullpen.

Darvish was visited by the training staff after slipping during his third pitch to De Aza and then stumbling as he went to cover home on a ball in the dirt. Darvish remained in the game, getting De Aza to pop to shortstop, but didn’t return for the eighth at 113 pitches.

There was no indication that Darvish left the game due to injury.

The Dunn homer was the biggest blemish against Darvish, who allowed six hits and three walks while striking out 11 to push his baseball-leading total to 225. He now has 10 10-strikeout games.

Darvish got a lift in the fourth from Craig Gentry and A.J. Pierzynski. Alexei Ramirez had doubled with one out and was racing toward home on a Paul Konerko single to left but was out when Pierzynski took a strong throw from Gentry and blocked Ramirez off the plate.

Pierzynski singled with two outs in the sixth, a blooper to right field, and Rios followed with a 415-foot blast into the left-field seats. But Gordon Beckham singled with one out in the White Sox’s half, and Dunn lifted an opposite-field homer to left two batters later.

-- Jeff Wilson 


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