Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale gave up four home runs to the Texas Rangers as they cruised to a 11-5 victory on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The eight earned runs given up by Sale tied a career high in a loss that snapped the Sox’s six-game winning streak.
A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios returned to the Southside for the first time since their departure while Ian Kinsler made the play of the night with an inside-the-park home run in the third inning.
Sale gave up two-run home runs to Jeff Baker and Adam Rosales in the second inning to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead.
Dayan Viciedo added a two-run single and Beckham a RBI-single to cut the Rangers’ lead to 4-3 in the bottom half of the inning.
In the third inning, Kinsler pulled a pitch down the left field line and the ball lodged under the green padding. Sox left fielder Vicideo lost sight of the ball and fell to his knees to grab the ball while Kinsler rounded the bases.
Sox manager Robin Ventura received his second ejection of the season after arguing with thrid-base umpire Greg Gibson after Kinsler’s inside-the-park home run, claiming it should have been ruled a ground-rule double.
Avisail Garcia extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Sox left-hander Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.27 ERA) and Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68 ERA) are the projected starters for Saturday night’s game at 6:10 p.m. CT in Chicago (CSN, WSCR 670).