Dunning blanks old team, García 5 RBIs as Texas routs ChiSox

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Texas Rangers starting pitcher Dane Dunning throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Dane Dunning throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Associated Press

  • Texas Rangers' Adolis Garcia hits a single, driving in two runs, during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Rangers' Marcus Semien and Corey Seager scored on the play.

    Texas Rangers' Adolis Garcia hits a single, driving in two runs, during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Rangers' Marcus Semien and Corey Seager scored on the play. Associated Press

  • Texas Rangers' Adolis Garcia celebrates on second base after hitting a three-run double during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. The Rangers won 8-0.

    Texas Rangers' Adolis Garcia celebrates on second base after hitting a three-run double during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. The Rangers won 8-0. Associated Press

  • Texas Rangers' Adolis Garcia, center, is doused with ice water by Martin Perez after the team's 8-0 win in a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

    Texas Rangers' Adolis Garcia, center, is doused with ice water by Martin Perez after the team's 8-0 win in a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu (79) walks back the dugout after striking out against starting pitcher Dane Dunning during the second inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Rangers catcher Meibrys Viloria, right, throws the ball back to Dunning.

    Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu (79) walks back the dugout after striking out against starting pitcher Dane Dunning during the second inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Rangers catcher Meibrys Viloria, right, throws the ball back to Dunning. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa walks out of the dugout on his way to pull starting pitcher Michael Kopech during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

    Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa walks out of the dugout on his way to pull starting pitcher Michael Kopech during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Associated Press

  • Texas Rangers' Ezequiel Duran is congratulated for a solo home run during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

    Texas Rangers' Ezequiel Duran is congratulated for a solo home run during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox right fielder Gavin Sheets (32) can't reach the solo home run hit by Texas Rangers' Ezequiel Duran during the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

    Chicago White Sox right fielder Gavin Sheets (32) can't reach the solo home run hit by Texas Rangers' Ezequiel Duran during the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Associated Press

  • Texas Rangers center fielder Bubba Thompson catches a fly ball hit by Chicago White Sox's Andrew Vaughn during the second inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

    Texas Rangers center fielder Bubba Thompson catches a fly ball hit by Chicago White Sox's Andrew Vaughn during the second inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 8/6/2022 10:33 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dane Dunning allowed one hit in seven dominant innings against his former team for his first win since April, and Adolis García drove in five runs as the Texas Rangers shut out the Chicago White Sox 8-0 on Saturday night.

Chicago's lone hit against Dunning was an infield single up the middle by Yoán Moncada with two outs in the second. Yasmani Grandal doubled off Taylor Hearn with two outs in the ninth for the only other White Sox hit.

 

Dunning (2-6) struck out six and walked one, winning for the first time in 16 starts since a 3-1 victory April 30 over Atlanta. Chicago traded the right-hander to Texas in a December 2020 deal for pitcher Lance Lynn.

Dunning had something to prove against his old club.

'It was just emotional for me. I felt just as nervous as much as I was at my debut,' he said. "It went away as soon as I stepped on the mound. I tried to slow myself down a little bit.'

The game was scoreless until Ezequiel Duran hit Michael Kopech's first pitch of the third into the Rangers' bullpen in right-center for a home run. With two outs, two walks and a single by Corey Seager loaded the bases for García. He lined a 3-1 pitch for a two-run single and a 3-0 lead.

Kopech (4-8) got out of the third with a groundout by Leody Taveras on the 38th pitch of the inning.

García added a three-run double in the seventh, equaling a career high with his fifth five-RBI game - all at home.

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'I feel comfortable here,' he said. 'The fans love me, they cheer for me. That makes me feel comfortable here and allows me to perform at my very best.'

The bespectacled Dunning is 2-1 at home this season. His win over Chicago was the seventh of his career at Globe Life Field, tied for the most by any pitcher with Jordan Lyles, whose seventh win at the stadium came four days earlier when the Orioles beat the Rangers 8-2.

Texas had won only one of Dunning's previous 12 starts, but he was the losing pitcher in just four of those.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward pointed to how Dunning prepared himself mentally while on the 15-day injured list with a right ankle impingement in July.

'He's a competitor. It him him hard," Woodward said.

Dunning came back with two no-decisions, allowing four runs in 11 innings.

'When I was on the IL, I used that time to reflect and be able to see mechanically what I was doing wrong. I'd had a loss of power and location as well,' he said. 'I wanted to be stronger with my front half and to ride down the mound better.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

On this night, Dunning got 12 outs on the ground and only three in the air. He threw a career-high 103 pitches.

Texas had given Dunning just 3.45 runs of support per nine innings over the last two seasons, second-lowest in the majors to Miami ace Sandy Alcantara (3.24).

Kopech was removed with two runners on and one out in the fourth. One scored on a wild pitch by reliever Jose Ruiz.

In his last six road starts, Kopech is 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA in 27 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (lower back strain) threw a simulated game. "He was in command of it,' manager Tony La Russa said. Lopez is expected to come off the 15-day injured list on the first day he's eligible for Tuesday's doubleheader at Kansas City.

Rangers: RHP Joe Barlow (blister on index finger) made his second rehab appearance at Double-A Frisco. He matched his first game Wednesday, allowing only one walk in 1 2/3 innings.

DUST-UP

To end the bottom of the eighth, Rangers left fielder Josh Smith had words with Grandal, the White Sox catcher, after Smith struck out.

"Hit his glove with a swing, and maybe he did it before that,' Woodward said.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (7-6, 5.06 ERA) pitches the finale of the four-game series Sunday. He is 2-0 in four career starts against the Rangers.

Rangers: RHP Spencer Howard (2-3, 6.82) will complete a seven-game home stand in which Texas is 2-4.

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