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Rangers ride HRs, Hamels to win in Chicago

July 1, 2017

CHICAGO -- Elvis Andrus homered for the fourth time in the last six games as he and the Texas Rangers spoiled Derek Holland's first start against his former team with a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.The victory snapped the Rangers three-game losing

CHICAGO -- Elvis Andrus homered for the fourth time in the last six games as he and the Texas Rangers spoiled Derek Holland's first start against his former team with a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The victory snapped the Rangers three-game losing streak and came after losing 8-7 in the ninth inning on Friday night.
"It was a huge win," Andrus said. "Being able to bounce back and have a nice, clean game, that's what we needed as a team. Forget the negatives and concentrate on the positives."
Holland, who spent the first eight seasons of his career with Texas -- including a pair of World Series appearances -- faced his former teammates for the first time and allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander, who signed as a free agent with the White Sox this offseason, received an early lead but was unable to hold on as the Rangers finally started to capitalize on their scoring chances. Texas broke through in the fifth inning, tying the game and eventually taking the lead on Andrus' two-run shot off Holland.
"I mean, it was intense," Holland said. "Obviously you know they want to hit the home runs off me and they want to crush me, just like I want to strike them out. I thought everything was there. Just a few things got away."
Mike Napoli extended Texas' lead in the sixth, taking White Sox reliever Chris Beck deep to left field for a two-run blast to make it 6-2. Napoli's 47-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™, tied Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt for the highest launch angle for a homer this season. It was the highest launch angle for a Rangers home run since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015.

Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels was brilliant in his second start since returning from the disabled list with a right oblique strain. After allowing a first-inning double and a two-run home run to Jose Abreu, Hamels tightened things up and was dominant the rest of the way. He retired the final 19 batters he faced after hitting Todd Frazier with a pitch in the first inning, finishing with 6 2/3 innings of two-hit, two-run ball while striking out six and walking none.

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With the loss, the White Sox have now lost nine of their last 13 games and moved to 3-6 entering the final game of their 10-game homestand.
DeShields bunt overruled: With Jonathan Lucroy on first with one out in the fifth, Delino DeShields tried to bunt his way on and was thrown out by catcher Omar Narvaez. But without use of replay, the umpires reversed the call, saying the baseball hit DeShields' bat twice, the second time after the bunt bounced off the ground. That made it a foul ball. DeShields followed with an RBI double that tied the game and Andrus followed with a two-run home run.
"It came back up and hit near the handle," DeShields said. "I felt it but I still played it out."

Odor hustles, powers Rangers:Rougned Odor, with the Rangers leading 4-2, came to bat with one out in the sixth and hit a grounder to first baseman Abreu. He also hustled and beat it out for a base hit, the last batter Holland faced. Beck took over and Napoli took him deep with a two-run home run. Odor also had a leadoff home run in the eighth off of reliever David Holmberg. It got the Rangers momentum back after a two-run double by Kevan Smith in the seventh cut their lead to 6-4. The Rangers ended up scoring four runs that inning, including a three-run triple by Nomar Mazara.

"We know who we are and where we want to be as an offense," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "The bottom line is we need to continue to attack and don't miss any run-scoring opportunities. Today we created a number of run-scoring opportunities."
"I didn't cover first base, that's my fault," Holland said of the infield mistake. "Big mental relapse over there. I looked over, I saw I should have been there."

"They were chirping me. They were chirping me. I wanna say it was [Adrian] Beltre who said 'Throw that again.' And I did. I threw the same pitch, and when I struck him out I immediately made sure I made some contact with him. It was fun. Obviously I wish the results had been a little different, but it was good to see those guys and battle against them." -- Holland, on facing his former team
The White Sox have given up 10 or more hits 27 times this season. With Saturday's loss, they are now 3-24 in those games.
Rangers: Right-hander Tyson Ross (1-1, 6.14) makes his fourth start of the season when he pitches against the White Sox at 1:10 p.m. (CT) Sunday. Ross allowed one run in six innings in his last start against the Indians. This is his first start against the White Sox since 2014.
White Sox:Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.37) will take the mound in the series finale against the Rangers, looking to build off a June in which he posted a 1.78 ERA in five starts. He'll carry a 17-inning scoreless streak into the start, which is scheduled to begin at 1:10 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.