White Sox rebound from their loss on Friday night to get victory over Texas after stellar offense from veteran first baseman on Saturday.
The Chicago White Sox haven’t had many series victories early this season, but after their 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday, they have a chance on Sunday for a series win. Jose Abreu led the way for the Sox with a stellar night at the plate.
Abreu went 3-for-3 with a double, home run and walk for the Sox. After the Sox trailed the Rangers 3-0 early, Abreu got them on the board with an RBI single in the third inning. The Sox would score three runs in the third inning to take a 4-3 lead over Texas.
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Lucas Giolito started for the Sox on Saturday and got off to a rough start. The Rangers scored two runs in the second inning when Jurickson Profar and Rougned Odor both hit RBI doubles. In the third inning, Profar hit a sacrifice fly to score Shin-Soo Choo. After the third inning, Giolito was able to settle down and lasted six innings for the Sox.
The Sox were able to turn a three-run deficit into a 4-3 lead after the third inning. After Abreu got the Sox on the board, Matt Davidson would hit an RBI single to pull the Sox to within one run. Daniel Palka then followed with a two-run RBI triple to put the Sox ahead for good. This helped Giolito as he had a lead to work with and never relinquished it.
Giolito would finish Saturday night with six innings pitched for the Sox and two strikeouts. Despite allowing three walks, Giolito ended his night by retiring five consecutive Rangers batters. This start was good for Giolito who has struggled with consistency this season. In his previous start against the Cubs on May 13, Giolito had a shaky outing with seven walks allowed but only gave up three earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched.
The Sox bullpen was able to hold the team’s lead as Bruce Rondon, Jace Fry and Nate Jones each pitched well on Saturday. Fry continued his early season dominance as he pitched a scoreless inning in his sixth consecutive game for the Sox. The 2014 third-round draft pick has a 0.00 ERA in 7.1 innings pitched since being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on May 4. Jones was able to earn his third save of the season.
With the win on Saturday, the Sox will look to win their first series at home on Sunday. Reynaldo Lopez will pitch for the Sox in the series finale and his looking for his first win of the year.