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Chicago White Sox offense breaks out with 15 hits in an 8-2 victory vs. the Texas Rangers, salvaging a series split

LaMond Pope, Chicago Tribune on

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ARLINGTON, Texas — AJ Pollock stepped into the leadoff role for the Chicago White Sox on Sunday with Tim Anderson suspended.

Pollock sparked the offense with three hits, a run and an RBI in an 8-2 victory against the Texas Rangers in front of 29,579 at Globe Life Field.

“Big hits,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “That’s what you need sometimes. Especially the first three games (of the series), we couldn’t get something going. (In) Tim’s spot, (Pollock) was the igniter. First couple of hits were clutch.”

Andrew Vaughn hit a two-run homer and Luis Robert drove in two with a double as the Sox salvaged a split of the four-game series.

“The offense put it on them,” Pollock said. “It’s what we needed. (Saturday) I thought (Rangers starter Dane) Dunning threw really well, and it looked like we were flat. We came ready to play, we prepared. It just wasn’t working.

“It was good to come out (Sunday) and get some runs early and pile it on. I thought we played a good game.”

 

After three subpar nights in which they scored a combined four runs, the Sox offense did a little bit of everything Sunday.

There was two-out scoring as Pollock drove in Josh Harrison with a single in the second for the game’s first run.

The Sox showcased power when Vaughn launched his two-run homer in the third to make it 3-0.

They made the most of a mistake an inning later. Rangers shortstop Corey Seager booted a Leury García grounder to begin the fourth. García scored on Robert’s two-run double, and Robert scored on an Eloy Jiménez single.

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