Chicago pounds out 15 hits, beats Texas 8-2 for series split

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago White Sox's Andrew Vaughn, left, and Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim (28) watch Vaughn's two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. White Sox's Jose Abreu also scored on the play.

    Chicago White Sox's Andrew Vaughn, left, and Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim (28) watch Vaughn's two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. White Sox's Jose Abreu also scored on the play. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox's Luis Robert (88) stands on second base after hitting double, driving in two runs by teammates AJ Pollock and Leury Garcia, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

    Chicago White Sox's Luis Robert (88) stands on second base after hitting double, driving in two runs by teammates AJ Pollock and Leury Garcia, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Associated Press

  • Texas Rangers starting pitcher Spencer Howard throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Spencer Howard throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox second baseman Leury Garcia (28) throws to first base to get out Texas Rangers' Corey Seager for a double play over Rangers' Marcus Semien, right, during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

    Chicago White Sox second baseman Leury Garcia (28) throws to first base to get out Texas Rangers' Corey Seager for a double play over Rangers' Marcus Semien, right, during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Associated Press

  • Umpire Mike Estabrook (83) looks on as Chicago White Sox's Leury Garcia (28) reaches to beat the tag scoring against Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Garcia reached home from third base on a throwing error that allowed teammate Luis Robert to be safe at first base.

    Umpire Mike Estabrook (83) looks on as Chicago White Sox's Leury Garcia (28) reaches to beat the tag scoring against Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Garcia reached home from third base on a throwing error that allowed teammate Luis Robert to be safe at first base. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox's Luis Robert, left, and Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim watch the ball Robert hit during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Robert was safe at first base due to throwing error by Rangers third baseman Ezequiel Duran and White Sox's Leury Garcia scored on the play.

    Chicago White Sox's Luis Robert, left, and Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim watch the ball Robert hit during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Robert was safe at first base due to throwing error by Rangers third baseman Ezequiel Duran and White Sox's Leury Garcia scored on the play. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa (22) walks back to the dugout after conferring with hone plate umpire Mike Estabrook during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. The White Sox won 8-2.

    Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa (22) walks back to the dugout after conferring with hone plate umpire Mike Estabrook during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. The White Sox won 8-2. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox catcher Seby Zavala, right, congratulates closing pitcher Jose Ruiz (66) after the final out of the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. The White Sox won 8-2.

    Chicago White Sox catcher Seby Zavala, right, congratulates closing pitcher Jose Ruiz (66) after the final out of the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. The White Sox won 8-2. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 8/7/2022 6:14 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Andrew Vaughn had a two-run home run among his three hits, Luis Robert hit a two-run double, and AJ Pollock had two doubles in a three-hit game as the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 on Sunday to split a four-game series.

Leury Garcia had three hits and scored twice and Jose Abreu had three singles as the White Sox broke out offensively. They had 15 hits, five for extra bases, after being limited to four runs and 13 hits in the previous three games.

 

The White Sox pulled within two games of first-place Minnesota in the AL Central and remained three games behind in the wild-card race.

The hitting attack came minus All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson '" the team's 'igniter' according to manager Tony La Russa. Anderson began a two-game suspension for making contact with plate umpire Nick Mahrley during an argument on July 29 and was replaced at shortstop on Sunday by Garcia, who primarily plays second base.

La Russa said of Anderson: 'He's so special; you can't replace him. But Leury, he's a player, too.'

'When you see the team like today, we put everything together,' Garcia said. 'Pitching, hitting, defense. We can do it.'

Lucas Giolito allowed one run in five innings on six singles and three walks to earn his second consecutive win. Giolito (8-6) struck out five and threw 103 pitches, four short of his season high.

Nathaniel Lowe hit a solo homer in the seventh inning and delivered an RBI single in the third among his three hits for the Rangers. The 452-foot homer, a lefty-on-lefty shot, was the longest by a Rangers player this season.

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Texas completed a 2-5 homestand and dropped 12 games below .500, matching its season low.

'Once we fell behind, that third inning kind of put things in a tough spot for us,' Rangers manager Chris Woodward said.

Spencer Howard (2-4) gave up six runs, five earned, in 3 1/3 innings.

Vaughn hit his 11th homer of the season in the third inning to give Chicago a 3-1 lead.

Robert's two-run double came in the three-run fourth, making the score 6-1 and chasing Howard.

Pollock's RBI single in the second inning scored the game's first run. Pollock doubled in the fourth and the sixth for his third three-hit game of the season.

Howard struggled for a second consecutive start - he allowed six runs in four innings last Tuesday in an 8-2 loss to Baltimore - after his best outing of the season, when he outpitched Shohei Ohtani in a 2-0 road win over the Los Angeles Angels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Garcia scored from first base in the seventh inning when Texas third baseman Ezequiel Duran's throw to first went wide. As Garcia raced toward third base, third base coach Joe McEwing emphatically waved him on with both arms.

''Super Joe' sent me,' Garcia said. 'Oh, man. I've got to go.'

ANDERSON'S SUSPENSION BEGINS

Anderson will also miss the White Sox's next game, the opener of Tuesday's doubleheader at Kansas City.

MLB initially suspended Anderson for three games. He appealed, and the suspension was reduced.

'He just picked a day and the first game on Tuesday,' La Russa said. 'Seemed to make the most sense.'

Anderson is hitting .301, but is hitless in his last 15 at-bats. La Russa said Anderson has been pressing.

SHORT HOPS

The Rangers left 11 runners on base, the White Sox 10. ' Lowe has reached base in 14 consecutive games. ' The White Sox recalled INF Lenyn Sosa from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned RHP reliever Tanner Banks. ' Chicago is 3-0-5 in its last eight series.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Lance Lynn (2-4, 5.87 ERA) will start one game on Tuesday at Kansas City. Royals RHP Brady Singer (4-4, 3.67) will start one game.

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (9-2, 2.47) will open a three-game series at Houston on Tuesday night against RHP Jose Urquidy (10-4, 3.62).

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