Yoan Moncada homers in his return as the White Sox open a 7-game homestand with a 6-1 win over the Rangers

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CHICAGO -- With a chill in the air and September around the corner, the White Sox came home Thursday to begin a seven-game stand against the Rangers and Twins.

Yoan Moncada returned to the lineup after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, and he homered and doubled to spark the Sox to a 6-1 win over the Rangers before a crowd of 18,563.

The Sox received a minor scare in the seventh when Moncada slipped coming out of the batter's box and fell in pain. But he eventually got up and was able to stay in the game.

James McCann also homered for the Sox, who beat the Rangers for the 11th time in their last 13 meetings on the South Side.

The Sox began the day with a 3.01 ERA from their starters since Aug. 7, the best mark in the American League in that span, and left-hander Ross Detwiler kept it going with a strong performance.

Detwiler (2-3), who came in with a 6.10 ERA, allowed one run on three hits in six innings and struck out a career-high eight before leaving after 90 pitches. The bullpen finished it out with three hitless innings.

After Matt Skole's sacrifice fly off Rangers starter Ariel Jurado gave the Sox a quick lead in the second, they added three in the third on Moncada's two-run line shot over the right-field fence and a solo shot by McCann, his 15th of the season.


It was their 13th home run in the last 10 games.

The Rangers broke through in the fourth on Elvis Andrus' solo homer.

Sox rookie Dylan Cease, who is struggling with a 2-6 record and 5.93 ERA, makes his ninth career start Friday against the Rangers.

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