ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Meibrys Viloria had a tiebreaking pinch-hit single within the seventh inning and Texas beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Thursday evening, when the Rangers grew to become the primary workforce since 1986 to have two of its first-round picks make their massive league debuts as starters in the identical recreation.
Left-hander Cole Ragans, who twice had Tommy John surgical procedure after being their first-round decide in 2016, allowed one unearned run over 5 innings in his debut. Bubba Thompson, the workforce’s first decide in 2017, was 1 for 3 with a bunt single in his first massive league recreation after being referred to as up earlier within the day to play left area and bat ninth.
Brock Burke (5-2) struck out 4 in two scoreless innings after taking up for Ragans, who struck out three, walked 4 and allowed three singles in a 93-pitch debut. Jonathan Hernandez pitched the ninth for his second save in two possibilities.
Leody Taveras had an RBI single for the Rangers, who ended a seven-game house dropping streak. That hit within the second inning got here after Nathaniel Lowe prolonged his hitting streak to 11 video games with the primary of his two doubles.
White Sox starter Johnny Cueto (4-5), unbeaten in his final six begins, gave up three runs and 11 hits. He struck out 4 and not using a stroll whereas pitching all the recreation.
Texas had two on with one out within the seventh when Viloria singled up the center to make it 2-1 when hitting for struggling third baseman Ezequiel Duran, in a 3-for-30 slide after placing out in each of his at-bats. Thompson then had a bunt single to load the bases earlier than Marcus Semien’s sacrifice fly.
Yoan Moncada had a two-out RBI triple for the White Sox within the eighth earlier than Thompson made a operating catch to finish that inning.
The debuts by Ragans and Thompson got here after the Rangers formally launched 2022 first-round decide Kumar Rocker on the ballpark earlier within the day.
Ragans began after Texas put Jon Grey on the injured checklist with a left indirect pressure. The 24-year-old lefty was 8-5 with a 3.04 ERA in 18 begins mixed at Triple-A Spherical Rock and Double-A Frisco.
Thompson was hitting .303 with 13 homers, 48 RBIs and 49 stolen bases in 80 video games at Spherical Rock.
The final time two former first-round picks drafted by the identical membership made their MLB debuts in the identical recreation was April 8, 1986, when first baseman Will Clark and second baseman Robby Thompson debuted collectively for the San Francisco Giants at Houston.
Chicago received its run within the third, when Luis Robert had a leadoff stroll earlier than going to 3rd after proper fielder Adolis Garcia’s error on a dropped flyball that originally was dominated a catch earlier than the White Sox challenged. Replay confirmed that Garcia by no means had management, and that the drop wasn’t brought on by him making an attempt to switch the ball from the glove to his hand. Robert scored on Andrew Vaughn’s fielder’s selection comebacker.
White Sox: Robert was the DH in his first recreation since July 15, earlier than the middle fielder went on the injured checklist due to blurred imaginative and prescient brought on by a virus. He had been activated from the injured checklist Tuesday however is being eased again into motion.
Rangers: OF Kole Calhoun (proper heel irritation) was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist, and RHP Dennis Santana (left ankle sprain) was placed on the 15-day IL. That cleared spots on the energetic roster for Ragans and Thompson, however Steven Duggar and Steele Walker, each outfielders at Triple-A Spherical Rock, have been designated for project to make room on the 40-man roster.
White Sox right-hander Dylan Stop (11-4, 2.01 ERA) makes his first begin in August after being the American League’s pitcher of the month in June and July. He has gained his final 4 begins, not given up multiple run in his final 9. Rangers right-hander Glenn Otto (4-7) is 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA in seven begins since his return from the COVID-19 associated IL.
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