The Texas Rangers started strong but lost 5-4 against the Chicago White Sox in a fourth of July bout that lasted 10 innings. The Rangers now trail the series 0-2 and have a chance to avoid the sweep on Thursday.
Both pitchers held the other team scoreless after the third inning until a Kevin Youkilis single drove in the game winning run.
“I was a little jumpy on the slider and out in front of it. I saw it good and the last time I told myself to stay back a little bit as much as I can,” Youkilis said. “If there’s a fastball, throw the hands in as quick as I can. So that happened, I got the pitch and I was very fortunate to get it over [Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus’] head.”
Scott Feldman was the starting pitcher for the Rangers and had a solid outting despite giving up 4 runs in the second inning. He played 6 innings recording 4 strikeouts and giving up only 6 hits to the big hitting White Sox offense.
The Rangers offense started strong against the White Sox scoring three of their four runs in the first inning. Josh Hamilton hit his 26th home run of the season in the third inning to tie the game 4-4. Hamilton finished with 2 hits, 2 runs and an RBI in the loss.
The White Sox pitching was led by Dylan Axelrod who pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up 7 hits and 4 runs. Alexei Ramirez was the leader of the offense for the White Sox and had 2 hits, a run and an RBI.
Rangers manager Ron Washington isn’t too worried about the loss and understands that the best remedy for a loss is to shake it off and just keep playing hard.
“We had our chances, we didn’t cash them in,” manager Ron Washington said. “We’re still  games above .500, we’re still in first place. We’ll show up tomorrow and play.”
The Rangers look to get a win in the series on Thursday when they take on the White Sox in Chicago. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.