GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cesar Puello hit a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning off of White Sox reliever Zack Burdi and the Rangers held on for a 10-8 victory at Camelback Ranch on Sunday.The Rangers led 5-0 going into the bottom of the sixth when the
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cesar Puello hit a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning off of White Sox reliever Zack Burdi and the Rangers held on for a 10-8 victory at Camelback Ranch on Sunday.
The Rangers led 5-0 going into the bottom of the sixth when the White Sox put together an eight-run rally. Leury Garcia and Everth Cabrera had a pair of two-run singles in the outburst. Garcia had three hits as he tries to land a spot with the White Sox as a utility infielder. Center fielder Jacob May had two hits in his bid for a job as a reserve outfielder.
The Rangers offense was sparked by Delino DeShields, who continues to show why he is earning serious consideration for a spot at the top of the lineup. He was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and his fifth stolen base of the spring. Drew Robinson and Will Middlebrooks both hit home runs in addition to Puello's go-ahead blast.
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White Sox starter Michael Kopech, one of the big pieces acquired from the Red Sox in the offseason Chris Sale trade, made his second start in the Cactus League and allowed a run on three hits in three innings. He struck out four.
"I think it's comfort really," said Kopech of his solid start. "There are still things I didn't execute on and I have to adjust to that for my next outing. I felt more comfortable. I think that really was what it was."
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Rangers starter Mike Hauschild pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three. He continues to emerge as a candidate for the Rangers rotation.
"Just the normal Spring Training build-up, and trying to build on my previous outings," Hauschild said. "Throw strikes, get ground balls and let my defense make plays."
Rangers up next:Shin-Soo Choo will be back in the lineup for the Rangers when they play the Giants at 8:05 p.m. CT on Monday in Surprise. Choo will be at designated hitter for the fourth time this spring. He has started five games in right field.
White Sox up next: An interesting pitching matchup is on tap for Monday afternoon when the Indians and Carlos Carrasco take on the White Sox and Carson Fulmer at Camelback Ranch. The first pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. CT and the game will be live via webcast on whitesox.com.
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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.
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