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Go-ahead Yolmer! Sox rally to beat Rangers

July 2, 2017

CHICAGO -- Yolmer Sanchez's two-run, eighth-inning blast gave the Chicago White Sox a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday, sealing a series victory with their second comeback against the Rangers' bullpen in three games.The Texas 'pen, which saw some high-leverage roles change after Friday's 8-7 collapse against Chicago,

CHICAGO -- Yolmer Sanchez's two-run, eighth-inning blast gave the Chicago White Sox a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday, sealing a series victory with their second comeback against the Rangers' bullpen in three games.
The Texas 'pen, which saw some high-leverage roles change after Friday's 8-7 collapse against Chicago, was again unable to lock down the White Sox' bats. After Ernesto Frieri and Matt Bush -- who blew the save Friday -- worked scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh, Jose Leclerc issued a one-out walk to Todd Frazier before Sanchez sent a hanging 78.1-mph curveball a Statcast-projected 415 feet to right field to give Chicago a 6-5 lead.
"Oh yeah, definitely when I hit the ball, I know I got it on the barrel," Sanchez said. "I knew I hit it really hard to be a homer. 100 percent. It was a very special moment for the team."
The Rangers loaded the bases against White Sox closer Player Page for David Robertson in the ninth, but catcher Kevan Smith's diving play to tag home before pinch-runner Joey Gallo scored on a dropped third strike with Carlos Gomez at the plate sealed the comeback win.

"A calm panic, I guess you could say," Smith said of the play. "I knew he was going to throw it down, so I was prepared for it. I actually thought the ball was right in front of me, and when it wasn't there it's kind of that moment where you peek back. I just kind of took control."
Texas right-hander Tyson Ross was erratic, allowing five walks in five innings, but managed to avoid the crooked number outside of a three-run third. Ross allowed four earned runs in total.
Chicago's Jose Quintana snapped his stretch of three consecutive quality starts, allowing five runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings, after working scoreless outings in his previous two turns. The left-hander got little help from his defense, as four errors led to a pair of unearned runs before Jonathan Lucroy dumped a two-run single over the head of second baseman Sanchez to give Texas a lead they would not hold.

"Losing is losing," Lucroy said. "It all stinks. Obviously it's frustrating. Anytime you lose like this, it's frustrating. We've got to get it rolling."
You can put it on the board … again: The White Sox have gotten off to quick starts in each game of their three games during the series, as Melky Cabrera's first-inning solo shot just over Gomez's glove in center field gave Chicago its third first-inning homer in as many games. Jose Abreu and Frazier went back-to-back in Friday's 8-7 White Sox win, while Abreu hit a two-run blast in Saturday's 10-4 loss. Cabrera took an 84.1 mph slider in the middle of the zone from Ross, driving it a Statcast-projected 399 feet for his ninth home run of the season.

Limiting the damage: After a replay review granted the Rangers a second life with the middle of their order up and a suddenly tied ballgame, they seemed poised to take the lead. Adrian Beltre drew a walk to reload the bases with two outs, but Quintana got Gomez to fly out and limit the damage to just one run.

Chirinos scores off first career steal: Robinson Chirinos pulled off his first Major League stolen base in the fourth inning. The White Sox were so shocked, they ended up letting Chirinos score. Chirinos reached on a one-out single and broke to steal second base on a 2-2 pitch to Delino DeShields. White Sox catcher Smith's throw sailed into center field, allowing Chirinos to go to third. He kept on running after center fielder Adam Engel's throw bounced past third baseman Matt Davidson to cut the lead to 4-3. Chirinos entered the game having reached base 301 times in his career without a stolen base, according to Stats Inc. -- third-most among active Major Leaguers. "We lost the game so that run doesn't mean anything," Chirinos said. "If it had made a difference, it would have felt good. But when it doesn't do anything … who cares?"

"The big story today was seven walks and one hit batter … and three of them scored." -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister
Sunday marked the first time the White Sox had won a game in the five times this season which they had committed three or more errors. It was the team's first win while also committing four errors since July 4, 2016.
"We put ourselves in the predicament that we were in, honestly," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "We had a couple of plays that developed that we weren't able to make. Just in general some fundamental things that we didn't do."
• With one out in the third inning and a runner on, DeShields chopped a grounder to shortstop, which the White Sox were able to turn for an out at second base while DeShields reached on a fielder's choice. The Rangers challenged, saying that Chicago second baseman Sanchez did not have his foot on the base as he received the throw from shortstop Tim Anderson for the out at second. The call was overturned, and Sanchez was charged with an error while Pete Kozma returned to second base. The Rangers kept their challenge as a result.

• Quintana found himself in a bind later in the third inning, as a pair of errors and an infield single loaded the bases with one out. Quintana induced a potential double play ball, which appeared to be halted when Sanchez couldn't get the throw off to first base. Second-base umpire Gabe Morales ruled that Shin-Soo Choo went out of the basepaths to trip Sanchez, granting the out at first base for an inning-ending double play. The Rangers challenged for the second time in the inning, and the call was overturned after a four-minute, seven-second review that stated Choo didn't violate Official Baseball Rule 6.01(j). A run scored as a result, snapping Quintana's scoreless streak at 19 2/3 innings.
"You feel bad because you know that you have to make those plays," Sanchez said of the reviews. "You know that you have to support your pitcher and do your job in the defensive part of the game. That's just part of the game. You just try to overcome those mistakes and do your job better the next time."
• After Engel led off the seventh inning with a walk, he took off for second on a delayed steal. Alen Hanson swung through Matt Bush's fastball at the plate, and it appeared that Chirinos threw out Engel at second. The White Sox challenged, saying Engel slid underneath Elvis Andrus' tag. The call was upheld after a review that lasted one minute and 43 seconds.

Rangers: Left-hander Martin Perez comes off the disabled list and pitches against the Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. CT on Monday in Arlington. Perez, who has won his last two starts, has been sidelined with a fractured tip of his right thumb.
White Sox: Chicago will hit the road to start a six-game road trip before the All-Star break starting with Oakland. Carlos Rodon (0-1, 0.00) will make his second start of the season after missing most of the first half with left biceps bursitis. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. CT.
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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for based in Chicago who covered the White Sox on Saturday.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.