CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Madrigal doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning after Liam Hendriks allowed a tying homer in the top half, and the Chicago White Sox recovered to beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Saturday night.
Luis Robert led off the White Sox ninth with an infield single and advanced on Yasmani Grandal’s sacrifice. Rookie phenom Yermín Mercedes was intentionally walked before Madrigal delivered the winning hit to right field off John King with two outs.
“This game more than anything else is putting the ball in play,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “Just like Robert did to start there. What a great at-bat by him. He’s got no fear. He loves those situations.”
Willie Calhoun hit his first homer of the season off Hendriks (1-0) to right-center to tie the game. It was Hendriks’ second blown save in six chances with his new team. He got the final five outs the previous night.
“He had good stuff,” La Russa said. “He got the outs. Calhoun just tomahawked that ball. It’s why it’s the big leagues.”
Yoán Moncada had three hits for Chicago and scored on Kyle Gibson’s wild pitch in the sixth to break a scoreless tie.
“The one pitch that’s frustrating is obviously that changeup that I spiked,” Gibson said.
Dallas Keuchel threw six shutout innings for the White Sox, who have won five of six. They moved above .500 for the first time this season on Friday.
Calhoun had two hits for the Rangers, who have lost three of four. Texas went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
The Rangers nearly tied the game in the seventh on Nick Solak’s single with two on. Billy Hamilton, a defensive replacement in left field to start the inning, threw out Calhoun attempting to score from second.
King (2-1) gave up three hits in 2 2/3 innings.