With CJ Wilson now in Anaheim, Colby Lewis rewarded the Rangers faith in him with a dominant six-inning performance. He finished with nine strikeouts, tying Nolan Ryan's Opening Day record, while walking only one and surrendering just two earned runs.
The newly revamped Rangers bullpen was even more formidable, with Alexi Ogando striking out the side in the seventh, Mike Adams pitching a scoreless eighth and Joe Nathan closing for his first save of the season.
The four combined for 13 strikeouts, an Opening Day record for the club.
The White Sox got a strong performance from former Rangers farmhand John Danks, but Ian Kinsler got the edge over his former minor-league teammate, going 2-3 with a HR, double, two runs scored and an RBI.
Josh Hamilton had a strong day as well, going 2-3 with an RBI and scoring the go-ahead run in the sixth off a Michael Young single.