SEATTLE - MAY 04: Starting pitcher C.J. Wilson #36 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 4, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Three Hits Enough For Texas And Wilson, Rangers Win 2-1

Texas' offense mustered only three hits on Wednesday, but it was enough as the Rangers won 2-1.

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Rangers Vs. White Sox: C.J. Wilson, Rangers Look For Series Win

C.J. Wilson takes the mound on Wednesday afternoon as the Texas Rangers look to avoid dropping a three game series to the Chicago White Sox

The Rangers won the first game of the series behind Alexi Ogando's magnificent performance, as Ogando pitched a complete game shutout. Ogando was backed offensively by the returns of Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz, with both outfielders going deep in the contest.

On Tuesday night, Texas fell to Chicago 8-6, mainly thanks to Carlos Quentin's three homer night. The game was interrupted for two hours and 58 minutes thanks to a massive storm system that came through the Dallas area.

Wilson will look for his fifth win of the year on Wednesday - and he'll look to improve on his 1.27 WHIP as well. Wilson received a loss in his last start, which came Friday against Roy Halladay in Philadelphia. Wilson pitched well, allowing just three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 10, but it wasn't good enough to escape a loss.

Gavin Floyd will oppose Wilson for the White Sox, and he'll be looking for his sixth win of the year. Floyd has pitched well this year, to the tune of a 1.14 WHIP, 3.88 ERA, and 51 strikeouts against 15 walks in 60.1 innings of work.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. CDT.


Rangers Lose 8-6 To White Sox After Three Hour Delay

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Carlos Quentin had his first career three home run game, knocking in five to lead Chicago past Texas, 8-6, and take the middle portion of a three-game series.

The game was delayed 2:58 by inclement weather between the top and bottom of the fourth inning.

Tony Pena (1-1) earned the win despite allowing two runs on three hits in one full inning of relief. It was Chicago’s sixth win in the last eight games.

Brett Tomko (0-1) suffered the loss by allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in two innings of work as the Rangers had their two-game win streak halted.

Jake Peavy allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in three innings for Chicago, and Derek Holland allowed four runs on four hits and a walk in four innings for Texas.

Quentin hit a solo shot in the first to give Chicago a quick one-run lead.

The lead didn’t last long, as Ian Kinsler worked a walk to lead off the bottom half of the inning — Peavy’s first allowed walk of the year — moved to second on a groundout by Elvis Andrus and came home on a Josh Hamilton single to knot the game at one.

Brent Morel was hit by a pitch to lead off the third and Juan Pierre followed with a bunt single. Two-batters later, Quentin hit his second homer in as many at-bats to give Chicago a 4-1 lead.

Texas answered back in the bottom half of the inning with a sacrifice fly by Michael Young to score Andrus.

The Rangers tied the game at four in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Andrus and a sacrifice fly by Young.

The back-and-forth continued when Adam Dunn led off the sixth with a bomb into the upper deck in right field. Morel then knocked in Alex Rios four batters later to put the White Sox up by two.

Texas made it a one-run game in the bottom of the sixth on a base-hit by Mitch Moreland that plated Yorvit Torrealba.

Chicago increased their lead to two again in the seventh when Rios hit a two- out double that brought home Paul Konerko and made the score 7-5.

Texas put men on the corners with no outs in the eighth and Andrus grounded into a run-scoring double-play that put the Rangers within a run again. Hamilton then hit an infield single before Sergio Santos entered the game for the White Sox.

Hamilton stole second and also swiped third during a walk by Young, but Adrian Beltre lined out to right to end the inning.

Quentin went deep for a third time in the ninth to give him his first career three home run game.

Santos came back to pitch the ninth and threw a 1-2-3 inning to end the game and earn the four-out save, his seventh of the season.

Game Notes

With his seventh steal of the season, Pierre tied Herman Long for 29th all- time with 534…Both teams combined to use 13 pitchers…Quentin is the first White Sox player to hit three home runs in a game since Konerko did it on July 7, 2009.


Rangers Vs. White Sox: Derek Holland Takes On Jake Peavy

The Texas Rangers take on the Chicago White Sox in the middle game of a three-game set on Tuesday night as Derek Holland takes the mound against former Cy Young award winner Jake Peavy

The Rangers won their second game in a row on Monday night, defeating the White Sox 4-0 behind Alexi Ogando's finest MLB performance, as he pitched a complete game shutout. Further, the Rangers' offense received a big boost as Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz returned to the lineup on Monday - and both promptly homered in their return, fueling Texas' offense in the victory.

Holland will look to maintain Texas' momentum on Tuesday - and build on his most recent start. Holland pitched eight innings on May 19 against Kansas City, allowing just one run, on nine hits while striking out five and walking one. Still, Holland has been incredibly inconsistent this year, as evidenced by his 4.37 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and .298 BAA. 

Peavy will be making his third start of the season and he's coming off an excellent start in which Peavy pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits without walking a batter and striking out eight. The 2007 National League Cy Young award winner has yet to walk a batter in 15 innings this year and has struck out 12 batters while allowing only 10 hits.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT.


Rangers Vs. White Sox: Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz Return From DL, Rangers Return Home

The Texas Rangers are finally starting to get healthy. Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz are set to be activated off the disabled list for the Rangers on Monday night as they play host to the Chicago White Sox.

Hamilton has been out since April 12 after suffering a small, nondiscplaced fracture of the humerus. Hamilton suffered the injury sliding head first into home plate after attempting to tag up from third base on a pop up in foul territory - in the infield. Before the injury, Hamilton was hitting .333/.409/.462 in 39 at bats.

Hamilton hit .222/.333/.611 with two home runs in 18 at bats while on his rehab assignment.

Texas will also activate starting rightfielder Nelson Cruz off the disabled list as well. Cruz has been sidelined since May 3 with a strained right quadriceps. Prior to the injury, Cruz was hitting .219/.303/.438 with seven home runs and 18 RBI. While rehabbing, Cruz hit .318/.400/.773 in 22 at bats with three home runs.

Alexi Ogando will look to take advantage of getting Cruz and Hamilton back in the lineup tonight. Ogando draws the start against Chicago, as he looks to improve his record to 5-0 this year. Ogando has been nothing short of brilliant for the Rangers this year, pitching to the tune of a 2.13 ERA and .87 WHIP while striking out 37 batters in 50.2 innings of work. Suffice to say, nobody cold have predicted such a seamless transition from the bullpen to the rotation for Ogando.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT.

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