CHICAGO — The Rangers rallied back from multiple deficits and ultimately took the lead in the 10th inning in an 11-9 win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday afternoon. But the tipping point, according to manager Chris Woodward, was Adolis García’s fifth-inning three-run home run.
Headed into the fifth, the Rangers trailed 5-0. Corey Seager’s sacrifice fly with the bases loaded trimmed the deficit to four runs, and that set up García’s blast to bring Texas within a run.
“That was the hit of the game to give us hope that we were going to come back to win that game,” Woodward said.
García’s homer was key to the come-from-behind win, but the White Sox added two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-4 lead. From there, Woodward turned things over to his bullpen, and their performance also helped put the Rangers in position to win in extra innings.
Jesus Tinoco, Brock Burke, Matt Bush and Matt Moore handled the sixth through ninth innings, holding the White Sox scoreless and earning 11 of the 12 outs via strikeout.
“Just wiping them out,” Woodward said. “Just set the tone and gave our offense the confidence.”
Moore was responsible for five of those 11 strikeouts, including an eighth-inning punchout of Luis Robert for his 900th career strikeout. Woodward praised Moore’s pitch mix against the White Sox, particularly the way he was able to use his fastball to set up his breaking pitches.
Given that the White Sox had a league-leading .287 batting average against left-handed pitching going into Saturday’s game, the lefty Moore’s ability to shut them down was integral to the win.
“He’s been honestly lights out for a while now. He’s made some pretty good hitters look silly,” Woodward said.
When Moore came into the game in the eighth inning, he was charged with protecting a 7-7 tie. Fighting back from a multiple-run deficit again, Brad Miller’s RBI single in the sixth and two RBIs from Kole Calhoun’s double…