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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Rangers 2

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox won their second consecutive game, defeating the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series.

How it happened: Gordon Beckham crushed a home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the White Sox the victory. The White Sox’s bullpen delivered four scoreless innings in support of starter Jose Quintana, who pitched well again, giving up two runs on five hits in seven innings. Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo didn’t give up a run in five innings, with the White Sox scoring twice in the sixth inning off reliever Ross Detwiler.

What it means: The White Sox are still struggling to score runs, but they managed to win a series from the Rangers, anyway. It’s the White Sox first series victory since sweeping the Houston Astros on the previous homestand. In between, they went through an eight-game losing streak.

Outside the box: Just how bad has the White Sox’s offensive slumber been? Ramirez’s bloop RBI single in the sixth inning gave the White Sox their first RBI with a runner in scoring position since Wednesday against the Pirates. Their clutch gene has been so bad that even when they do get a hit with a runner in scoring position, they can’t score. With Conor Gillaspie on third base and one out in the third inning, Carlos Sanchez singled to left, but the run didn’t score because Gillaspie had to wait to see if the bloop would be caught. They failed to score in the inning.

Off beat: There was far more action on the field before the game than during it. Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was on hand with the Stanley Cup, as were players Andrew Shaw and Michal Rozsival. The White Sox even took a pregame team photo with the cup on the pitcher’s mound. Afterward, children of White Sox players threw out the ceremonial first pitch in a nod to Father’s Day.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (3-7, 5.16 ERA) to the mound Monday at Minnesota in the opener of a three-game series. The Twins will counter with left-hander Tommy Milone (3-1, 4.67) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start from Target Field.