ARLINGTON -- The Rangers earned their fourth come-from-behind victory in five games as they rallied to defeat the White Sox, 6-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Globe Life Park. The Rangers took two of three in the series.
"We met the challenge," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "They kicked our tails at their place and won the first one here. But we came back and won two, playing well against a playoff-caliber team."
The Rangers trailed 5-4 heading into the sixth, but Ryan Rua led off with a single against White Sox starter Mat Latos and stole second. Bobby Wilson bunted him to third. Left-hander Dan Jennings took over and retired Rougned Odor on a pop to second. But Ian Desmond, Nomar Mazara and Beltre followed with three straight two-out singles to put the Rangers ahead.
Rangers starter Cole Hamels left trailing 5-4, but the rally allowed him to keep intact his streak of having won 11 straight decisions dating back to last year. Tony Barnette earned the win in relief and Sam Dyson picked up the save as Shawn Tolleson was given a day off.
"It's great to see these guys never quit," Hamels said. "Every day we come in, we are here to win and we play to win. It's nine innings and 27 outs. If we don't get a lead early, we fight to the end."
Jennings took the loss in relief of Mat Latos, the second straight defeat for a White Sox reliever. Their bullpen hadn't lost this season until Tuesday night's 13-11 defeat to the Rangers.
• Uncharacteristic wildness hurts Latos
"This is not an easy place to pitch," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "The ball jumps here, a lot of stuff falls in. … I've never been here when any lead's been safe or pitchers like coming here."
Todd Frazier, who homered in the fourth, exited in the bottom half of the frame after cutting his lower lip diving into the stands for a foul ball. He is day to day after requiring five stitches.
• Frazier day to day after getting five stitches
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Fielder doubles up:Prince Fielder, batting in the fifth spot for the second straight game, had two doubles and two RBIs. It marked the first time this season Fielder had two extra-base hits in the same game, and it was his first multi-RBI game since April 19.
"I'm just trying to get good pitches to hit," Fielder said. "That's half the battle and the only thing you can control." More >
Middle of the order steps up: In the fourth inning, the fourth, fifth and sixth hitters for Chicago all scored. Frazier led off with a solo homer, Melky Cabrera singled and Brett Lawrie knocked a two-run blast to the White Sox bullpen in left-center field to give the White Sox a 4-2 lead. Bullpen catcher Adam Ricks, sitting back in a chair with his feet up, didn't move but caught the Lawrie homer bare-handed.
"It's nice to see [Lawrie] respond like that," Ventura said. "He's had some [homers] to either tie it up or to go ahead, things like that. You need a guy like that right in the middle of the lineup."
Beltre loses errorless streak: Beltre had his 44-game errorless streak end at a bad moment. Beltre threw off target from third to first base on Avisail Garcia's slow grounder, putting runners on first and second with one out in the sixth. A two-out single by Tyler Saladino drove in the unearned run that gave the White Sox a 5-4 lead at the time.
Jackson leaves five on bases:Austin Jackson was the third out in two potentially pivotal late innings for the White Sox, leaving the bases loaded in the sixth and two men on in the eighth. In the sixth with a one-run lead, Jackson was the second man Barnette faced. Jackson worked the count to 3-2, and with the runners going, made solid contact but drove the ball to center fielder for the third out. Two innings later, with the Sox trailing by one, Jackson struck out looking against Jake Diekman.
"Hopefully that guy's all right because I really put a charge into him." -- Frazier, on the fan he knocked into the next row when he dove into the stands in an attempt to catch a foul popup. The man Frazier bowled over returned to his seat.
The White Sox challenged a ruling by home-plate umpire Ben May in the top of the fourth inning, when Dioner Navarro said he was hit in the foot by a Hamels pitch. The call stood after replays could not definitively determine that the ball touched any part of the batter's foot.
White Sox: Lefty Chris Sale looks to pad his AL-leading win total when he starts at Yankee Stadium at 6:05 p.m. CT on Friday. Sale is 0-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 21 innings there.
Rangers: Left-hander Martin Perez will be on the mound for the Rangers as they open a three-game series against the Blue Jays at 7:05 p.m. CT on Friday night. The Rangers have lost 17 of their last 23 games against the Blue Jays.
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