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Nomar Mazara homered twice and Lance Lynn pitched resiliently after a shaky first inning to help the host Texas Rangers to a 6-5 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.
Mazara connected against White Sox starter Odrisamer Despaigne for both homers. He also drilled a towering home run estimated at 505 feet in Friday’s series opener.
Lynn (9-4) went seven innings, allowing five runs and six hits, with six strikeouts and one walk. After allowing four runs in the first inning, the right-hander settled down and retired 13 in a row during one stretch. Lynn is 7-2 in his past 11 starts.
Chris Martin allowed a baserunner in the ninth but recovered to earn the save as the Rangers evened the weekend series at one game apiece.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and a career-high-tying four RBIs. Anderson highlighted Chicago’s first inning outburst with a two-out, bases-clearing double and scored on Yolmer Sanchez’s double one batter later.
In the sixth, Anderson hit a solo home run to center to put Chicago ahead 5-4, but the lead was short-lived. Texas scored twice in the bottom half - on RBI singles from Shin-Soo Choo and Delino DeShields - to take the lead while recording the first earned runs of the season against losing White Sox reliever Evan Marshall (3-1).
Marshall had permitted just 13 baserunners in 17 1/3 innings before Saturday, when he allowed two runs on four hits and one walk in one-third of an inning.
Mazara belted a two-run home run to right field in the first inning before contributing a solo shot to right center that tied the game at 4-all in the third.
Despaigne’s third White Sox start was his shortest. The journeyman right-hander yielded four runs on eight hits in three-plus innings with one walk and zero strikeouts.
Six Texas players collected two hits - Elvis Andrus, Willie Calhoun, Logan Forsythe, Ronald Guzman, Choo and Mazara.
Leury Garcia had two hits for Chicago.
—Field Level Media