American League Game Summary - Texas at Chicago|
(Tuesday, July 3rd)
Final Score: Chicago 19, Texas 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - After allowing a career-high 13 hits his last
time out, Rangers starter Roy Oswalt matched that total and set a new standard
in runs allowed Tuesday.
Chicago hurler Chris Sale, meanwhile, made his pitch toward a possible start
in next week's All-Star Game with American League manager Ron Washington
watching from the opposing dugout.
Sale sailed into the eighth, while Kevin Youkilis smacked his first homer
as a member of the White Sox as Chicago trounced Texas, 19-2, in the
opener of a three-game set.
Sale (10-2) surrendered a run on five hits and a walk while fanning four in 7
1/3 innings. The 23-year-old left-hander is 7-0 with a minuscule 1.67 ERA over
his last nine starts.
"He pitched, changed speeds, didn't just use his fastball," Texas manager Ron
Washington said of Sale. "We didn't do much against him...that's why he's
10-2, he's a pretty good pitcher."
Youkilis and Adam Dunn cracked back-to-back long balls in a three-homer
opening frame. Alex Rios tallied the other, and A.J. Pierzynski cracked a
round-tripper as part of a nine-run fifth for the AL Central leaders, who have
won seven of their last 10 games. They racked up a season-high 21 hits in the
"Great for our lineup, great for our team to have him in here," White Sox
manager Robin Ventura said of Youkilis. "You get a lot more than just
numbers...you get a good player that people feed off of and he makes your team
better in a lot of ways."
In his first home game with Chicago since his trade from Boston on June 24,
Youkilis had three hits and drove in four.
In his third start since making his Texas debut on June 22, Oswalt (2-1) was
shelled for a career-high 11 runs -- nine earned -- on 13 hits and a walk in
just 4 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old had won his first two starts despite
giving up at least nine hits in each outing.
Despite the poor start, Oswalt remained optimistic.
"I feel better, third game back," Oswalt said. "I feel better and better every
time I go out there...velocity is coming back...I kept the ball down a little
Chicago jumped all over Oswalt and Texas early, plating four in the first and
three more in the second.
Alejandro De Aza slapped a leadoff single in the first and Youkilis followed
with a two-run shot over the wall in left. Dunn then stroked his 25th bomb
into the seats in right-center and Rios pulverized a solo homer into the
bleachers in left-center for a 4-0 White Sox advantage.
Youkilis rolled a run-scoring base hit into left, Dunn added an RBI double and
Paul Konerko registered an RBI single in the second, pushing the Chicago
lead to 7-0.
The White Sox turned the game into a laugher following their nine-run fifth.
Pierzynski hit a three-run shot, Alexei Ramirez and Rios both poked two-run
singles, and Youkilis and Konerko each tallied run-scoring base hits in the
Eduardo Escobar and Dayan Viciedo both scored on wild pitches and Jordan Danks
lifted a sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh, while the Rangers finally got
on the board in the eighth on Elvis Andrus' two-run double.
It was the 11th time in 15 starts that Sale allowed two or fewer earned
runs...De Aza, Youkilis, Dunn and Rios scored three runs apiece...Rios had
three RBI, while Konerko added two hits, two RBI and a run scored...Chicago
was 10-for-15 with runners in scoring position, while Texas finished 1-for-7.
07/04 00:40:42 ET