ARLINGTON, Texas -- Chris Sale regrouped after a rough second inning with seven strong frames, and Conor Gillaspie and Alejandro De Aza broke open a tie game with home runs in the seventh as the White Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Alex Rios drove in De Aza (double) with the Sox first run in the first against Nick Tepesch (2-2). The Sox got their second run when Tyler Flowers hit into a bases loaded double play in the second inning, scoring Paul Konerko (double).
Sale (3-2) climbed above .500 and lowered his ERA to 3.83, striking out seven and walking two. Four of the six hits, including Jeff Baker's homer, were in Texas' two-run second.
Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton combined to pitch a scoreless eighth for the Sox (11-15), and Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his ninth save in as many chances. Reed hit former Sox A.J. Pierzynski on his right elbow pad with two outs and nobody on base. Pierzynski was visibly upset, flipping the bat away and yelling at Reed. Ian Kinsler singled with two outs, bringing Elvis Andrus up as the tying run, but Reed struck out Andrus to end the game.