CHICAGO (AP) — John Danks set the tone for a miserable night of White Sox pitching that concluded with Adam Dunn taking the mound in the ninth.
Robinson Chirinos homered twice and Colby Lewis pitched a six-hitter to lead Texas to a 16-0 rout of the Chicago White Sox, the largest shutout victory in Rangers’ history.
J.P. Arencibia, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo also went deep for the Rangers, who set a season-high in runs scored and snapped a four-game losing streak. Texas’ last five-homer game came last August at U.S. Cellular Field.
Danks (9-7) was rocked for nine runs on five walks and eight hits, including four home runs, in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander leads the American League with 23 homers allowed, but got a little bit of a chuckle when he saw a teammate with 457 career home runs on in relief.
“I loved seeing Adam out there. After a game like this it will send guys home with something kind of to laugh about. Because the job I did to start the game, the tone I set, didn’t really have us in the direction to having anything to laugh about, so hopefully it helps to put it behind us faster and go win a series,” Danks said.
Dunn pitched the ninth inning, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He excited the few fans still around with an 80 mph fastball for a strike on his first pitch.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura was left with few options after his bullpen gave up 15 runs in Sunday’s 16-3 loss to the Twins.
“Every once in a while you get guys that think they can pitch. He’s felt he could pitch for a several years now. At that point we didn’t have anybody that can put up six runs so he was the guy,” manager Robin Ventura said.
Dunn wasn’t available after the game to speak to the media.
Lewis (8-8) recorded his second career shutout, both against the White Sox in Chicago. He walked one and struck out seven.
After Chirinos slammed a solo homer in the second inning, Danks walked the bases loaded. Arencibia cleared them on a two-out double, the first of his three hits in the game.
Three innings later, Arencibia and Chirinos went deep with the bases empty to stake the Rangers to a 9-0 lead. The multi-homer game was the first for Chirinos in his career.
“You don’t figure against a guy like Danks that will happen. We just kept putting runs on the board, and that’s what we have to continue to do,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Danks is not pointing to fatigue or soreness for his latest struggles.
“I felt great. It’s a shame to go out there and get your butt kicked on a night you feel so good. It doesn’t happen every night when you feel great and tonight I did. I felt real good about everything in the bullpen and I just got my ass kicked,” Danks said.
Choo concluded the home run derby with an opposite-field homer off Maikel Cleto in the sixth inning.
The Rangers needed only five pitches to strike first. Choo led off the game with a double and scored on Alex Rios’ base hit. Beltre followed with a two-run blast into the left-field bleachers.
Rangers: Right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch (3-8) will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday afternoon. He skipped one turn because of a sore left knee. After two starts, Jerome Williams will move back to his customary bullpen role.
White Sox: Outfielder Alejandro De Aza was a late scratch after he complained of soreness in his bruised left knee in the pre-game warm-up. His status is day-to-day. He sustained the injury when he hit a foul ball off the knee on Monday night. Moises Sierra took his place in the outfield. Pitching coach Don Cooper was not available because of a recurrence of vertigo-related symptoms. He is unlikely to travel with the team on its next road trip.
Left-hander Chris Sale (10-1, 2.09) will oppose Tepesch (3-7, 4.84) in the series finale on Wednesday.
THEY SAID IT
“If (Dunn) hits someone, we can’t charge him — he’s too big,” said Beltre, who was buzzed inside by the big right-hander.