Madrigal drives in winning run as White Sox beat Rangers 2-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Madrigal doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning after Liam Hendriks allowed a tying homer in the top half, and the Chicago White Sox recovered to beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Saturday night.
Luis Robert led off the White Sox ninth with an infield single. Rookie phenom Yermín Mercedes was intentionally walked before Madrigal delivered the winning hit to right field off John King with two outs.
Willie Calhoun hit his first homer of the season off Hendriks (1-0) to right-center to tie the game. It was Hendriks’ second blown save in six chances with his new team. He got the final five outs the previous night.
Yoán Moncada had three hits for Chicago and scored on Kyle Gibson’s wild pitch in the sixth to break a scoreless tie.
Dallas Keuchel threw six shutout innings for the White Sox, who have won five of six. They moved above .500 for the first time this season on Friday.
Calhoun had two hits for the Rangers, who have lost three of four. Texas went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
The Rangers nearly tied the game in the seventh on Nick Solak’s single with two on. Billy Hamilton, a defensive replacement in left field to start the inning, threw out Calhoun attempting to score from second.
King (2-1) gave up three hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Keuchel allowed seven hits and no walks, struck out two and pitched more than five innings for the first time this season.
Gibson struck out five and permitted six hits in six innings. His scoreless streak of 19 innings matched the longest in the majors this season. He has allowed three runs — two earned — in his last 27 innings.
Rangers: LHP Brock Burke (left shoulder surgery) and RHP Demarcus Evans (right lat strain) were reinstated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to Double-A Frisco. They are expected to remain at minor league spring training camp in Arizona. … OF David Dahl (shoulder soreness) is “close to full go” and could return after Saturday, manager Chris Woodward said. Dahl hasn’t started since Tuesday.
White Sox: RHP Lance Lynn (strained right trapezius) said he expects to return from the 10-day injured list Friday against Cleveland. He has been sidelined since April 18.
RHP Kohei Arihara (2-1, 2.21 ERA) is scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale for Texas against RHP Lucas Giolito (1-1, 5.79) and the White Sox. Giolito allowed eight runs — seven earned — in a career-low one inning Monday against Boston. Arihara has won his last two starts and thrown 12 1/3 straight scoreless innings.
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