Chicago White Sox dominate Texas Rangers


Apr 9, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman

Jose Abreu

(79) hits a single during the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The losing streak stops at four games for the Chicago White Sox, and they avoided being swept in the process, as they handled the Texas Rangers, 16-2, Sunday.

Chicago improves to 9-10, one game under the .500 mark for the season. Next up for the White Sox are the Detroit Tigers, as they will play a four-game series with the Tigers, starting Monday night.

Now for this big win by the White Sox on Sunday.

The White Sox out-hit the host Rangers, 18-2, scoring two or more runs in four innings, including a seventh-inning capper of seven runs for the 14-run win.

Marcus Semien led the White Sox as their new leadoff hitter in place of the injured Adam Eaton, going 4-for-6 with four RBIs and two runs.

Jose Abreu went 3-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs. Dayan Viciedo was 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs, and Tyler Flowers finished 3-for-4 with three runs.

Those four players combined for 13 of the 18 hits and nine of the 16 RBIs.

Viciedo, Abreu, Ramirez and Conor Gillaspie each had doubles, and Semien had a triple. Home runs went to Jordan Danks, Abreu and Viciedo.

This is the type of play I’d like to see the White Sox have every game, though it could never happen.

Games like this are rare, but what I liked the most about this win was how the White Sox spread out the hitting through the lineup, with eight of the nine players in the batting order all getting at least one hit.

The lone player in the lineup to not get a hit was Adam Dunn, who was 0-for-6.

Though Erik Johnson only pitched five innings, he was the winning pitcher, moving to 1-1 on the year. He allowed one earned run on one hit and five walks. He struck out two.

The bullpen pitched, get this, shutout baseball for the final four innings. The group of Ronald Bellisario, Andre Rienzo and Matt Lindstrom allowed just one hit and one walk. Each reliever had one strikeout.

Now if only this group could do this when the pressure was on, and the game not being excited. You know what … I’ll take it, because it is better than anything we’ve seen all season.

A win like this as the White Sox head to Detroit can be a big momentum boost, and let’s all hope it can return in this AL Central series on Monday.

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