Dane Dunning blanked his former team over his seven innings of work Saturday. He allowed just one hit to the Chicago White Sox, a second-inning infield single to Yoan Moncada. Adolis Garcia drove in five Texas Rangers' runs en route to the 8-0 victory.
Chicago traded the right-hander to Texas in a December 2020 deal for pitcher Lance Lynn. Dunning had something to prove against his former team.
“It was just emotional for me. I felt just as nervous as much as I was at my debut,” he said. "It went away as soon as I stepped on the mound. I tried to slow myself down a little bit.”
Dane Dunning fanned six and issued just one walk.
On the flip side, Michael Kopech had his worst outing of the season. It was a rough night for the native Texan. He lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed four runs on five hits with four strikeouts. He issued two free passes.
Texas opened the scoring in the third inning when Ezequiel Duran hit Michael Kopech’s first pitch out to right center for a home run. After two outs, two walks, and a single from Corey Seager, Garcia delivered a two-run single to put Texas ahead 3-0. Kopech ended the inning when he induced a groundout from Leody Taveras.
Garcia added a three-run double in the seventh to put the game completely out of reach. The Rangers' outfielder tied a career-high with five RBIs in the game.
Rangers' left fielder Josh Smith had words with White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal after Smith struck out in the bottom of the eighth.
Reynaldo Lopez threw a simulated game Saturday and expects to return from the injured list on Tuesday.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox will send Lucas Giolito to the mound against Rangers' righty Spencer Howard in Sunday's series finale. The White Sox will look to salvage a split of the four-game set. NBC Sports Chicago will air the game at 1:35 PM CT and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.