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White Sox Blow Lead and Lose in 10 While Crowd Chants ‘Fire Tony’

Poor pitching and questionable managerial decisions led to an ugly loss as the White Sox blew an early 5-run lead vs. the Rangers.

Tony La Russa Lucas Giolito Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers
Photo: NBC Sports Chicago

Loud chants of “Fire Tony!” broke out on the South Side Saturday afternoon. The Chicago White Sox squandered an early five-run lead in an ugly loss to the Texas Rangers. Tony La Russa has faced enhanced scrutiny since calling an intentional walk on a 1-2 count in a loss to the Dodgers on Thursday. The Sox are now 27-30 on the season under the 77-year-old Hall of Fame skipper.

With his team leading 3-0 in the fourth inning, Jake Burger hit a two-run homer off Rangers’ starter Martin Perez to make it a 5-0 game.

The White Sox tagged Perez for 12 hits and six earned runs in five innings. He began the day with an American League-leading 1.56 ERA in the category. But the Rangers bullpen was dominant and shut down the Sox from the sixth through ninth innings. Jose Tinoco, Brock Burke, Matt Bush, and Matt Moore combined to allow one hit and one walk while striking out 11 batters.

Texas Fights Back

The Rangers’ comeback started when Adolis Garcia hit a three-run homer off Lucas Giolito in the fifth. Giolito allowed just two hits, two walks, and fanned eight through four frames until Garcia’s homer. But Garcia wasn’t done as he tied the game at seven when he scored on Jonah Heim’s sacrifice fly in the seventh.

10th-Inning Meltdown

Nathanial Lowe put Texas ahead with his second double of the game, a drive that began a four-run 10th inning. A passed ball by Reese McGuire allowed another run to score and Marcus Semien added to the damage with a two-run single.

The White Sox scratched across a pair of runs in their half of the 10th but the rally fell short. Danny Mendick singled home the ghost runner and Andrew Vaughn’s sacrifice fly pulled The Pale Hose within two runs. But Rangers’ righty Joe Barlow retired Luis Robert and Jose Abreu to end the game. Texas now has three five-run comeback wins this season.

Notes

The White Sox carry a 4-5 record in games when they score seven runs.

Yasmani Grandal exited the contest early due to hamstring tightness after his second single of the game.

Vince Velazquez threw a simulated game Saturday and Joe Kelly will do the same Sunday.

Lance Lynn will make his season debut in Detroit Tuesday.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers will play the rubber match of this three-game series Sunday. Michael Kopech takes the hill to face Jon Gray of the Rangers in the matinee finale. NBC Sports Chicago will carry the action beginning at 1:10 PM CT and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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