ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Chicago White Sox captured their first road series of the season, defeating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in the concluding game of a three-game series on a chilly night before 31,199 at Rangers Ballpark.
How it happened: The White Sox strung together three two-out hits, the last a three-run home run by Tyler Flowers, to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning. Hector Santiago, making his first start of the season as a replacement for a scratched Jake Peavy (back spasms), allowed only two hits in 5.1 innings to even his record at 1-1. Adrian Beltre turned around a rare Santiago mistake for a lead-off home run in the second inning to account for Texas’ only run.
What it means: Maybe it’s the start of a trend for the White Sox bullpen. Robin Ventura sure hopes so. For the second consecutive night, the bullpen pitched out of jams and protected a lead for a White Sox starter. This time it was Matt Lindstrom getting a double-play grounder from Beltre with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed finished off the three-hitter. Going into Wednesday’s game, the White Sox bullpen was 0-4 with a 7.43 ERA in its previous eight games.
Outside the box: A.J. Pierzynski's troubles getting a grip on the baseball kept the former White Sox catcher from making a throw on a pair of plays at second base. Pierzynski blocked a wild pitch into the dirt in the first inning, but two barehanded swipes at the ball proved fruitless with Alejandro De Aza breaking to second base. An inning later, Alexei Ramirez stole second base without a throw when Pierzynski failed to transfer the ball from glove to throwing hand. At the plate in his first start against his old club, Pierzynski had a quiet night, going 0-for-4 with three fly outs and a ninth-inning strikeout.
Offbeat: Game time temperature was 43 degrees, making it the third-coldest start in Rangers Ballpark history and 37 degrees colder than it was for Wednesday’s start. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before the game his team was used to the cold, windy conditions. “It’s like a normal day for us."
Up next: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) moves up a day in the rotation, but pitches on regular four-day rest, to face Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) in a match-up of right-handers 7:10 p.m. Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.