ARLINGTON, Texas -- With starter Martin Perez needing only a little offense, the Rangers got him a lot, pounding out 18 hits in an 12-0 beatdown of the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a three-game series Friday night before 40,671 at Globe Life Park.
In what is becoming a routine performance for him, Perez (3-0) efficiently handcuffed the White Sox on three hits, going the distance. Most impressive was the way the left-hander avoided the trap of losing concentration when handed a big lead.
The 12 runs are the most by the Rangers this season. Four Rangers (Alex Rios, Jim Adduci, Leonys Martin and Robinson Chirinos) had three hits. Martin was within a double of hitting for a cycle in the eighth (he struck out) and matched a career high for RBIs with four.
Bottoms up: The bottom two spots in the Rangers' batting order occupied by Martin and Chirinos combined for six hits, six RBIs and a pair of home runs. Chirinos’ third-inning drive over the scoreboard wall in left field traveled an estimated 367 feet, four feet longer than Martin’s fourth-inning liner to lower deck in right.
Re-cycled: Though Martin missed an individual cycle, the Rangers hit for a cycle in the space of seven batters in the seven-run third -- Adduci: single; Martin: triple; Chirinos: home run; Shin-Soo Choo: double. Seven runs in an inning is the most by the Rangers since they hung 11 on the Astros on Aug. 19, 2013, and the major league high this season.
Remember me? The first pitch Rios saw from Chicago starter Felipe Paulino, a brushback, was not something the Rangers' designated hitter might expect from his old club.
If the indignity bothered Rios, he didn’t show it, instead smoking Paulino’s next pitch to center field for a single, the table-setting hit in Texas’ two-run first inning. Later Rios contributed a two-run single when the Rangers broke it open in the third inning.
Streaking Elvis: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus singled in the second inning, giving him hits in 16 of the Rangers’ 17 games. Andrus also stole two bases, giving him four in the past two days and eight for the season.
What kept you: Adduci, the only Rangers position player without a start before Friday, drove in a run with an infield grounder in the first inning and followed it with hits in his next three plate appearances.
Up next: Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis (0-1,6.75 ERA) will be opposed by White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana (1-0) in the second game of the series set for 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Fox Sports Southwest.