Rangers-White Sox Preview

The Chicago White Sox came into the weekend in a dismal offensive rut.

They might be rubbing off on the Texas Rangers.

Neither lineup has been impressive in this series ahead of Sunday's finale at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox (29-38) ended a season-worst eight game slide in Saturday's 3-2 victory following a 2-1 loss in Friday's opener. Adam LaRoche and Alexei Ramirez accounted for Chicago's only RBIs Saturday, and LaRoche's came on a sacrifice fly.

"You can only feel good about it for a little while and you get back after it," manager Robin Ventura said. "You have to be able to continue momentum with it, but there's a game tomorrow."

The White Sox haven't scored more than five runs in the last 16 games, and they're batting .169 while averaging 1.3 runs in the last seven. They had six hits Saturday and were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Tyler Flowers produced their only run Friday with a solo homer.

While Chicago has toiled offensively all season and entered this series 28th in runs per game, Texas was third with 4.5.

The Rangers (37-32) have exactly four hits in three straight, however, totaling four runs in that span. Texas has struck out 27 times in the series and three players have been rung up five or more times over the last three games. Joey Gallo is 0 for 9 with seven strikeouts in that span while Shin-soo Choo is 1 for 11.

The Rangers don't have an extra-base hit in three consecutive games for the first time since April 10-13, 1997.

Luckily for Texas, though, Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.16 ERA) gives it a good chance to win considering his recent performances. He's 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA in five outings since his last loss. That run includes a six-inning outing in Texas' 2-1 win over the White Sox on June 4 in which he gave up an unearned run and three hits.

He looked as sharp as he's been all season in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, yielding four hits and three walks in seven shutout innings.

"That's the Yovani Gallardo that I'm used to seeing with what he did in the National League with Milwaukee," manager Jeff Bannister told MLB's official website. "He's as competitive as they come. He's got ice water in his veins when he's out there on the mound."

The right-hander was 1-5 with a 4.63 ERA in the six starts immediately preceding his five-start run.

Gallardo hasn't given up a home run during his unbeaten stretch, improving to 12-5 since the start of last season when not allowing a homer. He's 2-12 in that span when surrendering at least one.

Chicago's Jose Quintana (3-7, 4.03) has become accustomed to sparse run support. The left-hander is 1-4 in his last six starts despite a 3.66 ERA, averaging 1.37 runs of support in that span. Chicago scored no runs behind him for the fourth time this season in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh. Quintana gave up three runs in six innings.

"Sometimes you can feel frustration because you prepare every time," he said. "That's baseball. Try to do your best every day, day by day."

Quintana is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in three starts against the Rangers, giving up nine runs over 10 innings in the last two after winning the first matchup.

Prince Fielder is just 3 for 14 off Quintana, while Choo is 5 for 8 with four doubles.


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