Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers: Live Score, Video and Analysis
The White Sox are coming off of a three-game home sweep of the Minnesota Twins and will hit the road again Friday for the first of a three-game series with the Rangers. The White Sox are in the midst of playing 16 out of 19 games on the road.
Despite only winning eight games in the month of July, the Rangers still hold a five-game lead in the AL West over the Los Angeles Angels.
Game 1 pits two of the game's most exciting starting pitchers against each other. The White Sox start lefty Chris Sale, who holds an impressive 11-3 record with a 2.37 earned run average. The Rangers will counter with rookie Yu Darvish, who will try and improve the Rangers' record to 20 games over .500.
Darvish has not disappointed during his first season in the U.S., averaging 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
Friday night's game will be the first time Darvish will match up with the White Sox, who hold a 4-2 edge over the Rangers in the season series.
Keep it here tonight for live-score updates and analysis when the White Sox take on the Rangers.
Chicago White Sox 9 Texas Rangers 5, Final
White Sox win 9-5!
Chris Sale pitched a great ballgame despite not having his best stuff. The White Sox as a team came up with a big victory over the first-place Rangers.
Down 4-1 after the first inning, it looked like the White Sox could have packed it in, but they fought back, and the pitching staff grinded through a tough game.
The two concerns from the game are Alejandro De Aza's health after colliding with Alexei Ramirez, and Sale's arm after offering up below-average fastballs tonight.
The White Sox play the Rangers Saturday in game No.100, with shaky Philip Humber taking on the high-powered Rangers offense.
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Reed now pitching with confidence, one strike away from closing the deal.
Reed induces a fly-out to Hamilton, and the White Sox are one out away from a 1.5 game lead in the AL Central.
Andrus then inexplicably looks at a fastball down the middle. One out with Hamilton to the plate.
Reed almost gets Andrus on a nice change-up, while Andrus continues to foul off pitches. The Rangers are very similar to the Yankees, grinding out each at-bat.
Reed looking similar to his blown save in Boston. He looks to be desperately trying to aim his pitches. Hopefully, Hamilton doesn't come to the plate with two men on.
If the White Sox can hang on, it will be their fourth consecutive win this season over the two-time-defending AL Champs. It will also be the White Sox's fourth straight win this week.
Kinsler singles off Reed. Let the tension build.
Despite his ERA being north of 4.00, Addison Reed has been as good as could be expected in his rookie season, saving 16 games in 19 chances.
He should have a stellar career with the White Sox
White Sox 9 Rangers 5, Middle of the 9th Inning
Alexei Ramirez continues his solid second half, knocking out his fourth homer of the season.
Young Addy should have an easier time in the ninth, but hopefully won't fall victim to the non-save-situation that so many closers fall victim to.
White Sox 9 Rangers 5, Top of the 9th Inning
Ramirez gives the White Sox a huge four-run cushion going into the ninth.
White Sox 7 Rangers 5, Top of the 9th Inning
Alex Rios barely misses a home run, driving in Dunn for his third run batted in tonight.
Rios with a huge at-bat!
I will be watching the bottom of the ninth with my hand over my eyes when Addison Reed faces off against the Rangers' top of the lineup. Hopefully, the kid brings it tonight.
Dunn earns his second walk of the evening, and I change my mind, I will watch the bottom of the ninth, hands-free.
Ogando stays on in the ninth to face Youkilis.
Darvish didn't stay around long enough to help my prediction come true. Youkilis only walked twice tonight.
White Sox 6 Rangers 5, End of the 8th Inning
Myers gets the job done, and the heart of the White Sox lineup awaits the Rangers. Youkilis, Dunn and Konerko will step to the plate in the ninth.
Myers changing speeds nicely- he's a crafty veteran who was a great pickup for Kenny Williams and the White Sox.
Myers now has to face the left-handed David Murphy.
Myers drops the slow curve on Napoli for the third strike. If Myers can get Torrealba out, my blood pressure should be back to pre-7th-inning levels.
Brett Myers' best season in his career was arguably 2010 with the Houston Astros. Myers had a stellar 3.14 ERA, while winning 14 games in 33 starts. 2010 was also Myers' most productive year- he pitched 223.2 innings.
It will be interesting to see if the White Sox use Myers at any point this season in the starter's role. Hopefully, White Sox starters stay healthy.
Chris Sale during his solid start tonight against the Rangers.
White Sox 6 Rangers 5, Middle of the 8th Inning
The bottom of the White Sox lineup can't put a dent in the scoreboard. Brett Myers will likely come on in the 8th inning to face Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba.
The Minnesota Twins beat up on the Indians 11-0 tonight. Things are shaping up nicely for the White Sox in the AL Central this evening. They need to capitalize with a win tonight.
Lead-off walk by Viciedo. White Sox need all the runs they can get against this Texas lineup.
Chicago White Sox 6 Rangers 5, End of the 7th Inning
Thornton induces a screaming line-drive to Alex Rios, ending the Rangers' rally. After all of that, the Rangers can only muster one run. Hopefully for the White Sox, De Aza isn't seriously injured. That collision looked nasty.
Ventura must be the master of the gut, because it's kind of puzzling why he won't go with Myers over Thornton, to face Michael Young.
The second guessers will have a field day tomorrow if Thornton doesn't get out of this.
I would have liked to see maybe Brett Myers face Beltre, but Ventura knows best.
Thornton definitely regressing this year.
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