CHICAGO (AP) — The Texas Rangers ended their homer drought in a big way.
Adam Rosales, Jeff Baker and pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland each had two-run shots to go with solo a drive by Adrian Beltre and a bizarre inside-the-park effort by Ian Kinsler in Friday's 11-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. The AL West-leading Rangers (75-53) won for the 19th time in 23 games to move a season-high 22 games over .500.
"We've got guys that can hit the ball out of the ballpark, but we just haven't been hitting it out of the ballpark," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "All that tells me is we're able to win baseball games many, many ways, not just with the long ball."
The White Sox were unable to overcome a shaky outing by ace Chris Sale, ending a season-high six-game winning streak. Sale (9-12) allowed eight runs and eight hits in seven innings.
"I really have no excuses in my corner, really," Sale said. "My arm felt good, my body felt good, my mind was right. I even felt like my stuff was good. Sometimes you just get beat."
A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios each had a nice night in their return to U.S. Cellular Field for the first time since leaving the White Sox. Pierzynski, who signed with Texas as a free agent in the offseason, went 1 for 4 with a sacrifice fly. Rios, who was traded to the Rangers on Aug. 9, had two hits and scored two runs.
Pierzynski received a standing ovation when he was introduced in the first inning. Before the game, the team showed highlights of his White Sox career on the center field video board.
"It was hard to keep my emotions in check, especially the first couple innings," Pierzynski said. "It's just weird to go out there, as long as I was on the other side. Just to see the field from a different perspective is just odd. I don't know how to explain it."
The strangest play of the game was Kinsler's inside-the-park homer. His third inning line drive rolled into a drainage track under the left-field line wall. By the time Dayan Viciedo was able to find the ball, Kinsler was on his way to the plate for his 11th homer and a 5-3 Rangers lead.
"He did exactly what he was supposed to do, kept running, and it worked in our favor," Washington said. "The ground rules say that if the ball is trapped and visible, you have to go get it. It was visible."