Rangers drop series finale to White Sox 16-2

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Robbie Ross hadn’t allowed an earned run in his previous two starts, and the Texas Rangers had won five games in a row.

They are not planning to let one strange and lopsided game affect how much better things have been going lately.

“Definitely satisfied with the way things came out. Won each series,” manager Ron Washington said after a 16-2 loss Sunday to the Chicago White Sox that wrapped up a 7-3 homestand. “If we can just keep winning series, we’ll be fine.”

Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers for Chicago while Erik Johnson (1-1) had a wild outing even while combining with three relievers on a two-hitter.

The White Sox went ahead to stay with three unearned runs off Ross (1-1) in the fifth, including Abreu’s fifth homer of the season for a 5-2 lead on way to ending a four-game losing streak.

Ross, a converted reliever, had a career high eight strikeouts with no walks in 5 1-3 innings. The lefty gave up seven hits and seven runs, four of them earned.

“It happens sometimes. Obviously, I’d love to go out there and throw my best game every day, but sometimes you’ve got to battle through it,” Ross said. “It was one of those games where stuff wasn’t happening personally and things just were going the way they did.”

Fill-in While Sox leadoff hitter Marcus Semien had a career-high four hits, including a bases-loaded trip in a strange sixth when Ross struck out the last two batters he faced on non-routine plays. Semien was hitting leadoff with Adam Eaton getting a couple of days off to rest some nagging leg issues.

Ross‘ final batter was Alejandro De Aza, who was called out on a third-strike check swing, right Alexei Ramirez reached because of a wild pitch on the third strike.

Ventura unsuccessfully challenged, claiming the ball hit De Aza or the bat. The ruling from umpires in New York was that the call on the field stood - that the batter was out on a checked swing.

De Aza said the ball hit both his hand and the bat. The ball appeared to change direction for some reason.

“I’m not even going to check (replay). I know what happened,” De Aza said. “I’m just in shock, that’s all I can say.”

Ventura got no real explanation on the final decision.

“It’s another one of those vague it just stands,” he said. “They’re saying they don’t have any evidence that it hit the bat.”

Reliever Shawn Tolleson got the third consecutive strikeout in the inning before the Rangers opted to intentionally walk Danks. Semien then tripled off the base of the left-center field wall to make it 8-2.

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