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Rangers try to stay hot in finale at White Sox
(SportsNetwork.com) - For one night anyway all was right in the world for the Texas Rangers.
After their most impressive showing of the season the Rangers will try to make it two straight wins on Wednesday in the rubber match of their three-game series with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Texas' bats exploded on Tuesday, as Robinson Chirinos homered twice to lead an offensive onslaught in a 16-0 drubbing of the White Sox. Adrian Beltre, J.P. Arencibia and Shin-Soo Choo all went deep for the Rangers, who snapped a four- game losing streak by scoring a season high in runs.
Texas scored just eight runs over that stretch.
"We know that even though we have a young team, (the young guys) have talent, they know they can hit and it's just a matter of getting it done on the field," said Beltre.
Colby Lewis (8-8) went the distance in his second career shutout. The right- hander scattered six hits and a walk, striking out seven in the win.
John Danks (9-7) was battered for nine runs on eight hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings.
"I felt great," said Danks. "It's a shame to get your butt kicked on a night when you feel good."
Runs may be a little bit harder to come by this afternoon for the Rangers, as they go up against lefty Chris Sale, who is 10-1 with a 2.09 ERA. Sale, though, was not sharp on Friday versus Minnesota, as he allowed five runs (4 earned) and eight hits in six innings, but did not factor in the decision of his team's 10-8 win.
"I just was kind of erratic," Sale said after his last start. "Fastball command wasn't really there at all the whole night."
Sale's ERA ranks behind only Felix Hernandez in the American League and he had only allowed four earned runs in a start one other time this season.
Sale has faced the Rangers eight times (4 starts) and is 3-1 against them with a 4.94 ERA.
Texas, meanwhile, will counter with right-hander Nick Tepesch, who had his last turn skipped because of a knee injury. Tepesch, though, has not been impressive of late, going 0-4 with a 7.15 ERA.
"I'm not worried about who I am pitching against," said Tepesch, who is 3-7 on the year with a 4.84. "It's the opposing lineup."
The Rangers took two of three from the White Sox earlier in the year in Arlington, but have lost eight of their last 10 at U.S. Cellular Field.
08/06 10:46:41 ET
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