How it happened: The avalanche of runs began in the first inning with homers off the bats of Kevin Youkilis, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios. The Sox piled on former Houston ace Roy Oswalt for 11 runs (nine earned) in four-plus innings. The White Sox hit parade included four RBIs from Youkilis, three from Rios and A.J. Pierzynski and two each for Dunn, Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez. Chris Sale won his 10th game of the season, allowing just three hits through the first six innings. He entered the game with the lowest ERA in the American League for a starting pitcher.
What it means: The Sox set a franchise record for runs scored against the Rangers. Sale will skip his start on Sunday and rest until July 15 or 16. The 23-year-old lefty will pitch one inning in the All-Star Game next Tuesday in Kansas City. Youkilis was greeted for the first time by Sox fans with a loud chorus of “Yoook” in his triumphant home debut. The team retained a two-game lead over the Cleveland Indians, who also won Tuesday.
Outside the box: Sox general manager Kenny Williams said before Tuesday’s game that the team has talked about trading for a veteran relief pitcher. Williams also talked to Texas manager Ron Washington about using Sale as a pitcher, but not the starter, for the All-Star Game. Pierzynski said he has moved on from his All-Star snub.