CHICAGO (AP) — Jonah Heim hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and the Texas Rangers turned a double play on a ball hit to the warning track to end an 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Embattled manager Tony La Russa and the White Sox have lost four of five. This one began with right-hander Michael Kopech leaving with right knee discomfort after 13 pitches and ended with an unusual double play in the 12th.
José Abreu struck out looking against Kolby Allard leading off, then Jake Burger hit a fly to the warning track in left. Charlie Culberson caught the ball, then threw out automatic runner Luis Robert trying to tag up and take third. Robert overslid the base and was tagged easily by Ezequiel Duran, setting off a loud round of boos.
“Felt like it wasn’t a smart move to try to advance when you’re down by two,” Culberson said. “Luckily, I made a good throw, and Ezequiel kept the tag on him. So it worked out in our favor.”
La Russa agreed.
“Yeah, you can’t make that out,” La Russa said. “His run means nothing, right? I’ll make sure I explain, we like his aggressiveness and there’s a place for it, but that’s one place where, you just read the scoreboard, (it) always should dictate how much you want to push, when you should push. He’s a quick learner.”
In the top of the inning, Adolis García singled off Matt Foster (1-2) and scored on Heim’s single. A review confirmed García was safe on the slide.
Duran hit a three-run homer off José Ruiz in the 11th, but the Rangers surrendered their 6-3 lead.
“Duran makes a mistake but then comes back,” manager Chris Woodward said. “I swear this kid doesn’t feel anything. He’s got as slow a heartbeat as I’ve ever seen.”
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