CHICAGO (AP) — Reynaldo Lopez allowed only two hits in a career-high eight innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Sunday for their first home series win this season.
Lopez (1-3) struck out eight and walked two in his first victory since Sept. 22 against Kansas City.
The 24-year-old right-hander has been Chicago’s best starter this year, but has been hurt by poor run support.
Leury Garcia had two hits and two RBIs, and Welington Castillo homered as the major league-worst White Sox (13-30) took three of four against last-place Texas. They won consecutive games for the first time since winning three in a row at Kansas City from April 26-28.
Texas (18-30) lost for the sixth time in eight games. Mike Minor (3-3) struck out nine in five innings, but was charged with three runs and six hits.
Shin-Soo Choo singled in the first and Carlos Perez led off the third with a double for the Rangers’ only hits. Jace Fry pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.
Lopez was visited by manager Rick Renteria after he walked Delino DeShields with two outs in the eighth.
The crowd cheered when Renteria left Lopez in, and the pitcher pounded his chest after he struck out Choo swinging to end the inning.
Castillo put the White Sox in front with a one-out drive deep into the seats in left in the second. Garcia added an opposite-field, two-run single in the third, with Tim Anderson sliding in ahead of Perez’s tag.
Rangers: Relief pitcher Chris Martin was activated from the 10-day disabled list and right-hander Ariel Jurado was optioned to Double-A Frisco. Martin had been sidelined by right forearm irritation.
LHP Matt Moore said his sore right knee has been bothering him since spring training. He was placed on the DL on Saturday. “At this point, it just makes sense to let it cool off,” he said.
INF-OF Drew Robinson (left hip soreness) was scheduled to begin a rehab stint with Frisco.
White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia recently had a follow-up MRI on his right hamstring injury that showed improvement, but the “continued presence” of a Grade 2 strain, according to the team. He will be receiving PRP injections and his rehab activities will be limited for the next three weeks, likely pushing back his return to game action to closer to the end of June.
LHP Carlos Rodon (arthroscopic shoulder surgery) will join Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and make his next rehab start with the Knights on Thursday. Rodon pitched five innings of one-run ball in his first rehab appearance with Class A Kannapolis on Saturday night.
Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.82 ERA) makes his 22nd career appearance against the New York Yankees on Monday night in Texas. Colon, who turns 45 on Thursday, is 6-9 with a 6.11 ERA against New York, one of his former teams. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.73 ERA) pitches for the Yankees.
White Sox: LHP Hector Santiago (0-1, 5.29) starts Monday night in the opener of a four-game series against Baltimore. Santiago has made three starts and nine relief appearances this year, with the White Sox losing all 12 games. RHP Andrew Cashner (1-5, 4.83 ERA) pitches for the visiting Orioles.
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