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Jake Burger, offense remain hot in loss

Jake Burger, offense remain hot in loss

Rangers 11, White Sox 9: Burger, offense remain hot in loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The White Sox struggled to hold onto any lead on Saturday afternoon, as they fell 11-9 to the Rangers. The South Siders got off to a hot start – they scored two runs in the bottom of the 2nd, highlighted by A.J. Pollock and Luis Robert RBI singles, and three runs in the bottom of the 4th, headlined by a Jake Burger 2-run home run (429 feet, 107.3 mph exit velocity). The 5-0 lead would not last long, however.

Lucas Giolito went five innings and allowed four earned runs in his 10th start of the season, striking out eight. He blanked the Texas lineup through four frames, but labored in the 5th as the Rangers cut the deficit from 5-0 to 5-4, with the bulk of the damage coming from an Adolis Garcia 3-run laser (407 feet). The White Sox grabbed a three-run lead in the bottom of the 5th, as Reese McGuire and Leury Garcia scored on a fielder’s choice and groundout, respectively.

Unfortunately for manager Tony La Russa and the Sox, Kyle Crick, Bennett Sousa, and Matt Foster yielded seven runs (six earned) out of the bullpen, and the Rangers plated seven unanswered. Chicago saw a 7-4 lead disappear and turn into an 11-7 deficit, with the Rangers scoring four in the lone extra inning frame. With the loss, the White Sox fall to 27-30 and remain in third place in the AL Central.

W: Matt Moore (3-0, 2.63 ERA) | L: Matt Foster (1-1, 3.65 ERA)

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Bottom of the 2nd: AJ Pollock singles to center field. Danny Mendick to second. Leury García scores. CWS 1- TEX 0.

Luis Robert singles to center field. AJ Pollock to second. Danny Mendick scores. CWS 2- TEX 0.

Bottom of the 4th: José Abreu doubles to deep center field. Luis Robert scores. CWS 3- TEX 0.

Jake Burger homers to center field. José Abreu scores. CWS 5- TEX 0.

Bottom of the 5th: Danny Mendick reaches on a fielder’s choice to center field. Leury…

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