Kopech KO’d early rangers. By

Arlington, Texas – Michael Kopech’s Texas homecoming was a bust.

The White Sox right-hander, pitching in front of family and friends and near a full home Saturday night at Globe Life Field, had it all going for two innings against Rangers, retiring the first six batsmen with three strikes. .

But Ezequiel Duran took the lead in third place in opposite field. And then with two outs, Kopech allowed two walks and two singles, with a two-run hit from Adolis Garcia to make it 3-0. During the third innings sweating heavily in an air-conditioned stadium, Kopech traversed 38 pitches, and was pulled off by manager Tony La Russa after allowing two hits in the fourth.

Meanwhile, former Sox right-hander Dan Dunning had a punchless Sox lineup for one hit in seven scoreless innings as Rangers 47–59 went on to their second win in three games in the series. The Sox (54–52), who entered the AL Central by two matches behind the first-place Twins, have scored four runs in the series.

Dunning entered with a 1-6 record and 4.30 ERA. He hit a six and lasted one to seven innings.

Kopech (3.38 ERA) conceded four runs in five hits and two walks. It was his second shortest start of the season.

Garcia’s three-run double in the seventh against lefty Tanner Banks gave him five RBIs and made it 7-0. The innings began with an error from third baseman Yoan Moncada, who had scored the only hit against Dunning.

lopez ready

Reynaldo Lopez threw 21 pitches against Tim Anderson and Gavin Sheets in a sim game on Saturday and is expected to recover from the injured list (back strain) in Kansas City on Tuesday.

“Extraordinary. That was bad,” said manager Tony La Russa. “He felt really good coming out of it.”

López, who last pitched on 23 July, owns 2.98 ERA in 37 appearances, giving La Russa “the kind of depth it needs”.

pitching plan

After the series finale by Lucas Giolito and Monday off, Lance Lynn and a potential Triple-A Charlotte call-up – Davis Martin is a strong possibility – will begin Tuesday in a straight doubleheader in Kansas City. Johnny Cueto is scheduled against the Royals on Wednesday and Dylan Siege on Thursday.

this and that

Since making his major league debut with the Sox in 2019, Eloy Jimenez has made 10 of Dylan season starts, including Friday’s 2-1 win over Texas. It was the third game in a row the former Cubs pair teamed up. Jiménez and Céz were acquired by the Cubs for Jose Quintana in a five-player trade on July 13, 2017.

*Jake Diekman joined Josh Harrison (April 10), Yasmani Grandal (June 2) and AJ Pollock (Thursday) on Saturday to become the fourth Sox player to reach 10 years of major league service time. Joe Kelly will be in fifth place on August 27.

* Louis Robert has had a planned day as he eases his way back from IL (Lightheadedness) and will play center field on Sunday. Robert had no play in the middle on Friday but “he worked hard during the last two days of practice. He was tracking the fly ball,” La Russa said.

* The Sox are 12-22 in the first game of the series, including 5-12 at home.

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