Chris Sale suffers 2nd loss of season


Aug 6, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Adam Rosales (9) forces out Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) during the fourth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox didn’t have a very good homestand in their past six games, losing series’ to the Minnesota Twins and now to the Texans Rangers, falling by a 3-1 score on Wednesday afternoon.

One bad pitch by White Sox ace Chris Sale led to a two-run second inning by the Rangers, and the White Sox offense was held in check, once again, by the pitching of the Rangers.

Sale (10-2) saw his ERA move to 2.14 on the season, as he allowed two earned runs one three hits and two walks. He finished the game with nine strikeouts.

The two runs came off a two-run home run in the second off the bat of Adam Rosales, who also had the other RBI in the game for the Rangers.

The winning pitcher was Nick Tepesch, who improved to 4-7 on the year with a 4.46 ERA. He allowed no runs on six hits and one walk in 5.2 innings of work with two strikeouts.

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The game also saw Adam Eaton get injured by slamming into the outfield fence in the second inning. Eaton injured his back on the impact with the fence.

At the plate for the White Sox Alexei Ramirez was 3-for-4, while Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza each had two hits. Also with a lone hit was Tyler Flowers. Viciedo hit a home run in the seventh inning.

The loss drops the White Sox to 55-60 on the season.

Next up are four games in Seattle against the Mariners starting on Thursday night, followed with an off day on Monday before having two games in San Francisco against the Giants.