Reynaldo Lopez had just walked in a run when Shin-Soo Choo came up with a chance to give Texas a lead while extending the longest on-base streak in the majors this season.
The White Sox right-hander recorded that key out , and Chicago responded with a five-run fifth inning that included Matt Davidson’s two-run double in a 10-5 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
You have to be confident in yourself every time, 100 percent, Lopez said through an interpreter. Have confidence in your pitches, and execute your pitches and execute a plan. I think that was the key for me that inning.
I didn’t feel tired in any moment of the game, Lopez said. But right now, yes. Especially because today’s game, a day game with the heat, and I feel really tired.
One-time Texas closer Joakim Soria pitched around two singles in the ninth and had three strikeouts in a five-out save. It was his 12th save of the season in his 14th consecutive scoreless appearance. It was also his first five-out save since 2009.
Five straight Chicago hitters reached with one out in the five-run fifth against Texas ace Cole Hamels, starting with ninth-hitting Adam Engel on a wild pitch after a strikeout.
Tim Anderson doubled, Garcia hit a run-scoring single and Abreu had an infield single before Davidson’s double off the bottom of the 14-foot wall in left field.
Two of Hicks’ home runs came against Price. It was after the second that was driven into a protective netting covering Monument Park beyond the center-field fence that Cora hopped out of the dugout to replace the starter.
If you take a look at the game, it seemed like the righties decided not to swing at the inside part of the plate, Cora said, referencing the Yankees’ patience with Price.
It appeared to Cora that they wanted to make him pitch away or out over the plate.
Price detected that, too.