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Todd Frazier has monster night in White Sox win over Rangers

Todd Frazier has monster night in White Sox win over Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- So much for Todd Frazier's sub-.100 slump over his previous nine games.

The Chicago slugger hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the 12th inning for his second homer of the game, powering the White Sox to an 8-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

Frazier, whose average had dropped to .194 because of a 3-for-35 slide, had four hits and a career-high six RBIs to help the White Sox win after the bullpen blew leads in the eighth and ninth innings despite a majors-leading 1.82 ERA coming in.

"It felt good. It felt really good," Frazier said. "With experience, you understand that it's going to come around. Just glad it came today and in extra innings."

Last year's All-Star home run derby winner in front of the home crowd in Cincinnati, Frazier hasn't stopped hitting long balls during his slow start. He has 10 since the offseason trade, two behind Robinson Cano's AL lead at the start of the day.

His go-ahead blast to left came off left-hander Cesar Ramos (0-2).

"We ran into a guy that got hot tonight," said Texas manager Jeff Banister, who was ejected in the ninth after arguing from the dugout following a pitch called a ball for closer Shawn Tolleson. "That was tough."

Dan Jennings (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th as the White Sox won their fourth straight in a series opener between teams coming off three-game sweeps. Jennings got an inning-ending double play from Mitch Moreland with the bases loaded in the 10th.

"Danny was on a tightrope there, gets a ground-ball double play," manager Robin Ventura said. "Great job by the defense. After that, he held 'em enough that our lineup comes around."

The AL Central-leading White Sox beat Texas for the sixth consecutive time going back to last season after a sweep in Chicago in April.

Chicago closer David Robertson had a shot a save and a win but couldn't get either one, allowing a tying double to Ian Desmond in the eighth and a tying single to Hanser Alberto in the ninth.

Avisail Garcia and Austin Jackson had three hits apiece and teamed up for a go-ahead play in the ninth before the Rangers pulled even for the second time. Garcia scored for a 4-3 lead on Jackson's suicide squeeze bunt that turned into a hit when nobody covered first for the Rangers.

Frazier's ninth homer gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the sixth. He had a run-scoring single for a 3-1 edge in the eighth.

Rougned Odor's team-leading seventh homer for Texas leading off the sixth ended Miguel Gonzalez's one-hit shutout, and his leadoff triple in the eighth sparked the game-tying rally.

After Adrian Beltre's single scored Odor, Robertson came on for a four-out save. He didn't even get the first one, allowing Desmond's double that scored pinch-runner Drew Stubbs.

Desmond's line drive fooled left fielder Jerry Sands, who had replaced Melky Cabrera after Cabrera was ejected by home plate umpire Laz Diaz for arguing a called third strike in the sixth.

Banister also was tossed by Diaz after a two-strike pitch from Tolleson was called a ball and Alex Avila followed with a singled when the White Sox took the lead in the ninth.

REPLACING DANKS

Gonzalez made the second Chicago start in the No. 5 spot that opened last week when the White Sox released John Danks, a 2003 first-round pick by Texas who spent 10 years with the White Sox after a trade.

Called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Charlotte, the 31-year-old right-hander retired 11 straight hitters from the first to the fifth. Gonzalez gave up three hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings in his second start of the season.

Erik Johnson got the first shot at replacing Danks last week, also getting called up from Charlotte before allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings of a 7-3 loss to Boston and going back to the minors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Avila returned at catcher after missing two weeks with a right hamstring strain. He went 1 for 4 with two walks.

Rangers: RF Shin-Soo Choo (right calf strain) says he will spend four or five days in Arizona before a decision on a possible rehab assignment. He's been on the DL since April 10.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.36) allowed one run on five hits with 10 strikeouts in six innings in his only previous start at Texas in 2015. It was a no-decision.

Rangers: LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 5.40) makes his first start since allowing 11 hits and 11 runs in 2 2/3 innings at Toronto, raising his ERA from 2.48 through his first five appearances.

Joakim Soria knows he is turning into a valuable trade asset for White Sox

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Joakim Soria knows he is turning into a valuable trade asset for White Sox

No one knows better than Joakim Soria that the more successful he is as the White Sox’s closer, there is an increased likelihood that the veteran right-hander will be headed out of town at some point.

Soria has not only solidified the back end of the bullpen, the 34-year-old has emerged as perhaps the Sox’s most valuable trade asset to a contending team in need of relief help.

Over this last 14 appearances, Soria has not allowed an earned run and has converted all seven save chances with five hits allowed, two walks and 15 strikeouts.

“My body feels good and my arm feels good,” Soria said before the Sox defeated the Athletics 10-3 on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. “I come to the ballpark expecting to pitch and … I try to be out there and help this team win.”

While the Sox haven’t done a whole lot of winning of late—Sunday’s win was just their second in their last 11 games—when they are victorious it’s accompanied by a Soria save. With the Sox’s rebuild in full swing, Soria understands that general manager Rick Hahn won’t hesitate to flip him in a trade.

“Players say they don’t think about it but you have to think about it,” said Soria, who was acquired from the Royals on Jan. 4 in a three-team trade also involving the Dodgers. “When you have a family with three kids and a wife you have to be prepared for everything. But it’s not like I come to the field thinking about that. It’s just God’s plan and whatever happens it’s a business and you prepare.”

Soria has 215 career saves, including 162 in seven seasons with the Royals, but hadn’t been a full-time closer since notching a combined 24 saves with the Tigers and Pirates. With the Sox, Soria won the closing job over fellow veteran Nate Jones in spring training and has been nearly unhittable in recent weeks.

Over his last 13 2/3 innings pitched, Soria has held opponents to a .109 batting average and sports a 2.89 ERA for the season. He has issued five walks in 28 innings and is averaging 10.29 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

The two-time All-Star has settled in nicely in a Sox clubhouse featuring a mix of veterans and promising talents. Soria has to balance that with the knowledge he might not be around as the season progresses.

“It’s something I can’t control,” Soria said. “I have a really good relationship with these guys and the chemistry with this team is very good. I can’t think outside of the box because (a trade) hasn’t happened yet. You have to keep focused and be ready for today’s game.”

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning has been nothing but consistent since joining the White Sox organization in the Adam Eaton trade before the 2017 season.

He has performed well at three different levels in the minor leagues and has stayed healthy. That second part is currently in question after he left a start for Double-A Birmingham on Saturday with elbow soreness.

Dunning left in the fourth inning in what was developing into one of his worst starts of the season. He had four strikeouts, but also walked four and gave up two runs (one earned). The four walks matched a season high.

Here is how things went down on his final pitch:

It's too early for a full diagnosis, but Dunning is expected to have an MRI in the next few days. White Sox manager Rick Renteria talked about Dunning's injury before Sunday's game against the Athletics.

"I think everybody considered it a very moderate strain," Renteria said. "Nobody is at this point too concerned. They still have to re-evaluate more. We won’t know more until they get further evaluation and at that point everybody will know where he’s at. Right now he still has to be re-evaluated."

Dunning, 23, began the season at Single-A Winston-Salem where he posted a 2.59 ERA in four starts with 31 strikeouts against three walks in 24 1/3 innings. The Florida product then was promoted to Birmingham where he has a 2.76 ERA. In 11 starts with the Barons, Dunning has 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 62 innings.

Dunning is one of the top pitching prospects in the White Sox farm system along with Michael Kopech and Alec Hansen.

Chris Kuc contributed to this report.