Rangers’ huge comeback sinks White Sox 17-7
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The way things are going for the Texas offense, no deficit is too big to overcome.
Saturday night second baseman Rougned Odor and first baseman Mike Napoli powered the Rangers to a 17-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox in a game the Rangers trailed 5-0 before they even came to the plate.
But by the time the 3-hour, 50-minute game wrapped up, Odor and Napoli had combined for three homers and 10 RBIs and the Rangers had overcome their largest deficit of the season. Texas scored its most runs since an April 17, 2012 game against Boston. The Rangers also finished with 20 hits, their most since that same game against the Red Sox. Texas has now scored at least nine runs in four of its last five games.
“Well, I mean this is how we envisioned being as a lineup from the beginning of the year,” said Napoli, who finished 2-for-5 and his five RBIs were one shy of his career high. “We haven’t really been able to do that on a consistent basis. The way we’ve been playing is how we envisioned us playing. It’s a fun time and we’re right there and just going one day at a time and having fun with it.”
Texas made its comeback fueled by six-run innings in both the third and fourth innings.
Down 5-1, Texas sent nine batters to the plate against former Rangers starter Derek Holland (6-13) in the third and scored six times.
Napoli’s two-run double cut the Chicago lead to 5-4 and two batters later Odor put the Rangers on top with a three-run homer to right. That ended the night for Holland, who was charged with seven runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
The Rangers sent nine more batters to the plate in the fourth, scoring six runs off reliever Dylan Covey. The Napoli-Odor duo led the charge again. Napoli hit a three-run homer, his 26th, to push the Texas advantage to 12-5. Two batters later, Odor’s 26th homer of the season made it a 13-5 game. Odor also added an RBI walk in the seventh inning to match his career high with five RBI.
The offensive outburst made an unlikely winner of Texas left-hander Martin Perez (8-10). Perez threw 40 pitches in the first inning and allowed five runs. But he ended up pitching six innings, giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out four.
“He (Perez) can pitch,” said Odor, who now has eight two-homer games in his career and three since the All-Star break. “He doesn’t give up, and that’s how we win the game. We have to compete and never give up, and keep doing the best we can to win the game. Keep it there, we’re going to get it. Keep pitching like how you pitch, and we’re going to get it, and he did it. He did a great job and we won the game.”
Chicago got a two-run double from Kevan Smith and RBI singles from Leury Garcia and Yolmer Sanchez to give it the early edge.
But Holland, who spent his first nine big-league seasons with Texas, struggled.
“Today I just couldn’t get rhythm,” said Holland, who has allowed seven runs in each of his last two starts. “I just didn’t have the tempo I usually need. I was definitely excited to be back home and pitch in front of the old fans and be back in front of Texas again. To give a showing like I did, it didn’t help the cause. I don’t even really know how to answer. I‘m just upset with myself.”
Chicago manager Rick Renteria liked the way his team started. That changed quickly though as Chicago has now dropped six of its last seven games.
“We felt good scoring five runs,” Renteria said. “I think Dutch (Holland) got into a little trouble, had some traffic, ending up pulling out of pitches over the plate, which they were able to do some things with. Obviously they drove the ball out of the ballpark. That kind of took it out of him tonight in that particular inning.”
Shin-Soo Choo had four hits for Texas, including a three-run homer in the sixth inning. All nine Texas starters scored at least once. Every Texas starter but Joey Gallo had at least two hits and Gallo walked three times.
Jose Abreu matched his career high with four hits for Chicago, including a solo homer in the seventh inning
NOTES: The Rangers put OF Carlos Gomez on the 15-day disabled list for the excision of a cyst behind his right shoulder. Texas recalled INF Phil Gosselin to take his spot. ... Chicago RHP Reynaldo Lopez was put on the disabled list with a strained back. The White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Danny Farquhar to take the roster spot. ... INF Yoan Moncada was scratched from the White Sox lineup with shin splints.