Andrus, Napoli, Odor power Rangers past White Sox
CHICAGO -- Elvis Andrus, Mike Napoli and Rougned Odor each hit a home run, and the Texas Rangers pulled away for a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday afternoon.
Nomar Mazara contributed a three-run triple for the Rangers. Texas (40-41) snapped a three-game losing streak and won at Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time since 2015.
Jose Abreu hit a two-run home run to lead Chicago (35-45).
Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels (3-0) retired the final 19 batters he faced before leaving in the seventh inning. Hamels allowed two runs on two hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked none and struck out six.
White Sox left-hander Derek Holland (5-8) drew the loss in his first matchup against his former teammates. He gave up five runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
The White Sox opened the scoring on a two-run shot by Abreu in the first inning. The blast marked Abreu's 15th home run of the season and his second in as many days at Guaranteed Rate Park.
Texas trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the second. The Rangers loaded the bases with nobody out but pushed across only one run on a groundout by Jonathan Lucroy.
In the fifth, Texas scored three more runs to seize a 4-2 lead. Lucroy drew a leadoff walk and scored the tying run on a double by Delino DeShields. Andrus followed with a two-run home run that landed just beyond the glove of leaping left fielder Melky Cabrera.
Napoli belted a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 6-2.
The White Sox pulled within 6-4 on a pinch-hit, two-run double by Kevan Smith during the seventh. Smith's hit down the right-field line scored Yolmer Sanchez and Adam Engel.
Odor hit a home run down the right-field line to lead off the eighth. After the Rangers loaded the bases later in the inning, Mazara put the game out of reach with a triple that bounced past Cabrera in left field.
NOTES: Rangers manager Jeff Banister revealed Saturday that he would use a closer-by-committee approach until further notice. The skipper's announcement came one day after RHP Matt Bush blew his fifth save opportunity of the season. Bush will be part of the closer committee along with LHP Alex Claudio, RHP Jose Leclerc and RHP Keone Kela. ... White Sox OF Avisail Garcia was held out of the lineup for the third straight game because of a sore knee. He said he hoped to return within the next two days. ... Rangers LHP Martin Perez (broken right thumb) tentatively is slated to start Monday against the Boston Red Sox. The 26-year-old sustained the injury when he caught the tip of his thumb in the door of his hotel room. ... White Sox SS Tim Anderson returned to the lineup after a two-day stint on the bench. He went 0-for-4.