ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo’s single beat the Chicago White Sox and their defensive shift, sending the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 win in 11 innings on Thursday night.
Leonys Martin led off the inning with his third single and moved to second on Hanser Alberto’s sacrifice. Choo grounded the ball to the right of Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who was shifted toward second base.
Dan Jennings (1-2) was the losing pitcher. The win went to Tanner Scheppers (2-0).
White Sox rookie left-hander Carlos Rodon struck out a career-high 10 batters in six innings. He allowed one run, five hits and three walks.
Texas starter Yovani Gallardo gave up three hits, two walks and an unearned run in his six innings.
Rangers rookie Joey Gallo didn’t hit a home run after blasting one in each of his first two major league games. He had a single and an intentional walk in four at-bats, and struck out twice.
He also had his troubles in the field. On the first two major league grounders hit to him at third base, he committed two of Texas’ four errors.
Delino DeShields and Price Fielder had two hits apiece for the Rangers. Adam Eaton singled twice for the White Sox.
DeShields led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, and scored on Fielder’s ground single to center field.
In the fourth, Chicago’s Avisail Garcia reached base on Gallo’s throwing error, went to third on Alexei Ramirez’s single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Gordon Beckham.
White Sox: In contrast to Texas with 13 players on the disabled list, Chicago has only two. RHP Matt Albers (fractured finger) has been on the DL since April. So has RHP Nate Jones (elbow ligament replacement surgery) — since April of 2014. It’s unlikely that either would return this month.
Rangers: LF Josh Hamilton (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list, and LHP Ross Detwiler (inflamed shoulder) came off the DL. . LHP Derek Holland (strained shoulder) is scheduled for an MRI exam on Friday, and could begin throwing off a mound this weekend. . OF Ryan Rua (fractured right heel) began an injury-rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock at Reno on Thursday.
White Sox: Returning home for a three-game series against Detroit, Chicago will start LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.33) on Friday. He is 1-5 in his last seven starts, despite a 2.98 ERA in 45 1/3 innings.
Rangers: RHP Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez (1-0, 0.00) will make his second major league start on Friday in the opener of a three-game series in Kansas City. The most recent Ranger to win his first two career starts was Kevin Brown in 1986 and ’88.