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Lynn's 10 strikeouts offset by 11 hits against him

@Sullivan_Ranger
August 24, 2019

CHICAGO -- Rangers starter Lance Lynn has been tough in two-out situations for most of this season. Going into Friday, he had held opponents to a .218 batting average with two outs and a .145 average when there were runners in scoring position with two outs. That one was the

CHICAGO -- Rangers starter Lance Lynn has been tough in two-out situations for most of this season. Going into Friday, he had held opponents to a .218 batting average with two outs and a .145 average when there were runners in scoring position with two outs.

That one was the fourth-lowest in the American League. But the two-out hits were what brought the Rangers down in an 8-3 loss to the White Sox on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox had 12 hits, and eight of them came with two outs. Seven of the eight runs scored were with two outs.

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“One thing Lance has been good at this year has been putting teams away, especially with two outs,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “It got us today.”

The Rangers’ night started off well. Elvis Andrus had a single in his first at-bat, giving him 1,693 hits for his career and passing Rafael Palmeiro for third all-time in Rangers history.

Willie Calhoun followed Andrus with a home run to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. The rest of the night wasn’t good, except for right-handed reliever Luke Farrell making his first appearance of the season and throwing two scoreless innings.

Lynn is 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA in his last four starts. Prior to this stretch, he had not gone more than two starts this year without getting a win. Lynn gave up a season-high 11 hits, and his seven runs allowed were the second-most.

Lynn did strike out 10. That’s only the ninth time in Rangers history a pitcher struck out 10 or more batters in less than six innings. It’s also the 24th time it has happened in the Major Leagues this season.

“Yeah the last three starts have not been good,” Lynn said. “Five innings for a couple of them. And you look at tonight, the strikeouts were there, but you can’t give up seven runs, especially if you get a three-run lead early. I’ve got to be better, and I plan on being doing that the next time out.”

Lynn started off strong but then walked Matt Skole and Yolmer Sanchez -- the Nos. 7 and 8 hitters in the White Sox order -- with two outs in the second. Adam Engel then hit what Lynn said was a “bad slider” for a two-run double.

The White Sox scored three more in the fourth. Jon Jay led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a one-out single by Sanchez. Lynn struck out Engel, but Leury Garcia’s double brought home Sanchez and Tim Anderson singled to give the White Sox a 5-3 lead.

In the sixth, Lynn gave up a two-out RBI double to Jose Abreu. Shawn Kelley took over and gave up a two-run home run to Yoan Moncada.

“You could tell [Lynn] was dealing with a little bit of command issues at times,” Woodward said. “Uncharacteristic that he walks two guys in the second and then a two-out hit. He is always going to battle. He is going to fight through it. There have been plenty of times things happen where he didn’t feel great, the mound wasn’t right or something wasn’t right and he continued to battle. He was just the victim of some quality two-out hitting tonight.”

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.