Gonzalez helps White Sox beat Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez pitched six shutout innings as the Chicago White Sox slowed the Texas Rangers' offense with a 3-2 victory on Sunday.
Gonzalez (7-10), who has now allowed two earned runs in his last 20 innings of work, limited Texas to four singles one night after the Rangers erupted for 17 runs and 20 hits.
He worked around four walks by striking out six and making big pitches in key situations. The Rangers had the bases loaded with one out in both the second and third innings but came away with nothing. Gonzalez got pop outs from Drew Robinson and Brett Nicholas to end that second-inning threat, and got Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo on flyball to finish off the third.
Texas left 10 runners on base in the game and was 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
The White Sox gave Gonzalez the run support he needed with three runs in the fourth off A.J. Griffin (6-4). After a walk and a single opened the inning, catcher Omar Narvaez singled home Nicky Delmonico with the game's first run. Two batters later Tyler Saladino lined a two-run double into the left-field corner.
Gonzalez retired the final nine batters he faced before turning the game over to the bullpen. Right-hander Danny Farquhar pitched a scoreless seventh, Gregory Infante a perfect eighth.
Juan Minaya lost the shutout by allowing a two-out, two-run homer to Rougned Odor in the ninth inning. But he got Elvis Andrus to fly out to center for his second career save.
Griffin lasted just five innings after getting touched for six hits and three runs. He struck out three and walked three.
Avisail Garcia had three hits for the White Sox, who finished with nine.
Mike Napoli had two of the six Texas hits as the Rangers missed out on a chance to move above the .500 mark for the first time since June 27.
NOTES: Chicago 2B Yoan Moncada missed his second straight game because of shin splints. ... The White Sox will recall RHP Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte to start Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against Minnesota. ... Both Texas 3B Joey Gallo and RHP Matt Bush exited the game in the eighth inning after they crashed into each other trying to catch a popup. Bush made the catch. Both players are now in the concussion protocol.