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Losses Continue to Mount For White Sox After Dropping Finale, Series to Texas

The White Sox dropped the finale of a three-game series to the Rangers on Sunday in a dramatic, painful fashion.
Luis Robert Tagged Out Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers

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The latest frustrating loss for the Chicago White Sox began with Michael Kopech spiking the baseball after just 13 pitches. The game was bookended by Luis Robert committing the final out on a bad baserunning mistake as the Sox fell to the Texas Rangers 8-6 in 12 innings.

Cueto and Bullpen Step Up

Kopech left the game after recording just two outs. Fortunately, the pop in his right ankle was later described as right knee discomfort after a clean MRI.

The White Sox expect the right-hander to make his next scheduled start in Sunday's series finale against Houston.

Johnny Cueto stepped up to cover Kopech's innings in the loss. The veteran, who was scheduled to pitch Monday in Detroit, tossed five solid innings. A combination of Cueto, Reynaldo Lopez, Tanner Banks, and Kendall Graveman got through 10 innings with the score 3-3.

Extra Innings

Ezequiel Duran hit a three-run homer off Jose Ruiz in the 11th, but the White Sox would get even.

Seby Zavala hit a sacrifice fly off Joe Barlow in the bottom half of the inning. Danny Mendick tripled when Charlie Culberson and centerfielder Eli White collided, cutting the deficit to one. Culberson stated he lost the ball in the sun.

AJ Pollock then tied the game at six with an RBI single. But the South Siders relinquished the lead in the 12th when Jonah Heim's two-run single put the Rangers ahead 8-6.

That's So White Sox

With Luis Robert placed on second base, Jose Abreu struck out looking to lead off the 12th against Kolby Allard. Jake Burger then hit a fly ball to the warning track in left field. Culberson caught the ball and threw out Robert, who attempted to tag up and take third. Robert over-slid the base and was tagged out easily by Duran.

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The blunder set off a loud chorus of boos from the Guaranteed Rate Field crowd.

Notes

Joe Kelly said his simulated game Sunday went well. Kelly, along with Tim Anderson, will begin rehab assignments soon.

The Sox are 0-5-3 in their last eight series at home after winning their first two series on the South Side.

Prior to the game, the White Sox DFA'd Yermin Mercedes to make room for Seby Zavala, optioned RHP Davis Martin to Triple-A Charlotte, and recalled Tanner Banks from Charlotte.

Yasmani Grandal will receive treatment over the next couple of days and avoid the injured list.

Aaron Bummer landed on the 15-day IL, retroactive to Thursday.

What's On Tap Next?

The Chicago White Sox open a three-game series in Detroit on Monday. Lance Lynn will make his long-awaited season debut against Tigers' righty Rony Garcia. The action will get underway at 6:10 PM CT and air on NBC Sports Chicago.