- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox mustered just enough offense and their bullpen hung on for the team’s first victory in 10 days.

And afterward, music blared in the locker room.

Carlos Rodon pitched six effective innings and the White Sox snapped a season-worst eight-game losing streak, beating the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Saturday.

The White Sox scored more than two runs for the first time in seven games. Adam Eaton had two singles and scored a run.

“With this lineup, it’s tough to go out there and consistently not score runs, which is what we’ve been doing,” designated hitter Adam LaRoche said. “Great to finally break that streak. It was getting pretty frustrating there, to say the least.”

Rodon (3-1) gave up two runs and four hits, striking out five and walking three. The rookie bounced back after giving up seven runs in 3 2-3 innings to Pittsburgh in his last start.

“You just have to forget about it, put it behind you,” Rodon said.

David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 18 chances and was able to redeem himself. On Friday night, he allowed two runs in the ninth inning of a 2-1 loss to the Rangers.

“As a reliever, you are going to get opportunities. You are not always going to be good in them,” Robertson said. “You have to be able to push them to the back of your mind and go into the next day.”

Chicago avoided losing nine consecutive games for the first time since 2013.

“You can only feel good about it for a little while and you get back after it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You have to be able to continue momentum with it, but there’s a game tomorrow.”

Nick Martinez (5-3) gave up two earned runs in six innings for the Rangers who struck out 11 times after fanning 16 times on Friday. White Sox relievers Zach Putnam and Zach Duke combined to strike out five straight during the seventh and eighth innings.

“They were filthy and got the job done,” Robertson said. “Thankfully, I was able to hold it down.”

The struggling White Sox offense caught a break in the third. After three straight singles, LaRoche’s sacrifice fly put Chicago ahead. Melky Cabrera was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Alexei Ramirez hit a groundball that bounced past shortstop Elvis Andrus for an error to allow two runs to score.

“I should have made that play,” Andrus said. “It was a really easy ground ball.”

Texas closed to 3-2 in the fifth. Carlos Corporan hit an RBI single and Rougned Odor beat out a double play to allow another run to score.

Leonys Martin hit a fly ball into the stands near the right foul pole in the seventh. A review confirmed the ball was foul rather than a home run.

“I felt like we had a really good case, a strong case,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “Given where the ball (was), the flight, you know it’s not where the ball lands, it’s where it goes over.”

Chicago had other chances to score. The White Sox left the bases loaded in the fifth when Carlos Sanchez grounded out.

Ramirez grounded out with the bases loaded to end the first. The White Sox went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

“We still need to be able to do more with guys that are on base,” Ventura said.


Rangers: OF Josh Hamilton (hamstring) is expected to work out at Double-A Frisco on Sunday, then take Monday off before he works out with the Rangers on Tuesday in Arlington. Then he will possibly begin a rehab assignment.


Rangers RHP Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.16 ERA) is scheduled to start against White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (3-7, 4.03) in Sunday’s series finale.


Ramirez ended his 0-for-17 hitless streak with a single in the fifth.


The White Sox improved to 10-4 against the AL West. They are 19-34 against everyone else.

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