ARLINGTON, Texas -- The White Sox have found myriad ways to lose over their first 25 games.
Tuesday’s 10-6 to defeat at the hands of the Texas Rangers was their most complete loss to date. A team that has struggled to hit with runners in scoring position, defend capably and has pitched poorly at times put all three aspects together in front of 40,646 at Rangers Ballpark.
Texas took advantage of two more Sox errors and two Nate Jones run-scoring wild pitches to score eight times in the fifth and sixth innings and send the South Siders to their third straight loss.
The White Sox finished April with a 10-15 mark.
“We gave them a few extras and the opportunities,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Those are the ones that always end up biting you. You make a misplay or a walk or something in there, and you do that to this lineup enough times and they’re going to make you pay.”
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Adrian Beltre’s two-run home run in the sixth was the final blow.
His 378-foot drive to left field off Jones gave the Rangers a commanding 10-4 lead just minutes after Dewayne Wise tied the contest with a two-run homer.
Little went the in the Sox direction after Wise’s homer.
Reliever Matt Lindstrom (1-2) issued a one-out walk and Texas pulled ahead 5-4 when Mitch Moreland doubled to left-center off Donnie Veal.
Jones entered and allowed a two-out RBI single to Ian Kinsler to make it 6-4. He went on to load the bases before he uncorked a pair of bases-loaded wild pitches to put the Rangers up by four. Beltre followed with his fifth homer of the season.
But it was their earlier play that left the White Sox susceptible to a Rangers rally.
Although Alex Rios and Paul Konerko had RBI singles in the first inning to put the White Sox up 2-0 on Yu Darvish, they couldn’t capitalize further.
Alexei Ramirez struck out with men on second and third to end the first inning. Tyler Greene, who earlier tripled and scored, and Rios stranded a pair in the second inning. And Alejandro De Aza and Greene did the same in the fourth inning.
The White Sox stranded eight more runners as they continue to struggle with runners in scoring position, finishing 2-for-10.
“It's really frustrating,” said Wise. “We talk all the time. We felt like we've been in a lot of ballgames. Our bullpen and starters have kept us in most of the games, but our offense has struggled all month. We can't find a way to get runners across home plate when we get them in scoring position. I don't know if we're trying to do too much.”
Wise didn’t try to do too much when Darvish, who allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, hung a 3-1 offspeed pitch. He deposited it into the right-field bleachers to tie the game at 4. Wise tied a career-high with four hits.
But Darvish and three relievers held the White Sox in check the rest of the way save for an Adam Dunn solo homer and a late run when Ramirez scored on a wild pitch.
“You miss those opportunities and you kick yourself,” Ventura said.
The defense hasn’t been far behind in its struggles.
The combination of two more miscues in the field and a not-as-sharp Jose Quintana allowed the Rangers to rally from their early deficit and jump ahead.
Down 2-0 in the fourth, Texas tied the score on back-to-back solo homers by Nelson Cruz and Jeff Baker.
An inning later, Quintana appeared to get a double play ball but Greene’s relay to first soared into the Rangers’ dugout. Kinsler doubled in the go-ahead run and he advanced to third on a De Aza misplay. Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single to go ahead 4-2.
In 25 games, the White Sox have committed 18 errors after they made 70 in all of 2012.
Despite their failures, Wise said the White Sox aren’t too down on themselves.
“Nobody is stressing about it,” Wise said. “We all know what we can do. We have to keep working hard and things will come our way.”