CHICAGO -- Elvis Andrus homered for the fourth time in the last six games as he and the Texas Rangers spoiled Derek Holland's first start against his former team with a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Holland, who spent the first eight seasons of his career with Texas -- including a pair of World Series appearances -- faced his former teammates for the first time and allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Rangers ride HRs, Hamels to win over White Sox
The left-hander, who signed as a free agent with the White Sox this offseason, received an early lead but was unable to hold on as the Rangers finally started to capitalize on their scoring chances. Texas broke through in the fifth inning, tying the game and eventually taking the lead on Andrus' two-run shot off Holland.
Mike Napoli extended Texas' lead in the sixth, taking White Sox reliever Chris Beck deep to left field for a two-run blast to make it 6-2. Napoli's 47-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™, tied Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt for the highest launch angle for a homer this season. It was the highest launch angle for a Rangers home run since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015.
Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels was brilliant in his second start since returning from the disabled list with a right oblique strain. After allowing a first-inning double and a two-run home run to Jose Abreu, Hamels tightened things up and was dominant the rest of the way. He retired the final 19 batters he faced after hitting Todd Frazier with a pitch in the first inning, finishing with 6 2/3 innings of two-hit, two-run ball while striking out six and walking none to help Texas snap a three-game losing streak.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED DeShields bunt overruled: With Jonathan Lucroy on first with one out in the fifth, Delino DeShields tried to bunt his way on and was thrown out by catcher Omar Narvaez. But without use of replay, the umpires reversed the call, saying the baseball hit DeShield's bat twice, the second time after the bunt bounced off the ground. That made it a foul ball. DeShields followed with an RBI double that tied the game and Andrus followed with a two-run home run.
Odor hustles, powers Rangers: Rougned Odor, with the Rangers leading 4-2, came to bat with one out in the sixth and hit a grounder to first baseman Abreu. He also hustled and beat it out for a base hit, the last batter Holland faced. Beck took over and Napoli took him deep with a two-run home run. Odor also had a leadoff home run in the eighth off of reliever David Holmberg. It got the Rangers momentum back after a two-run double by Kevan Smith in the seventh cut their lead to 6-4. The Rangers ended up scoring four runs that inning, including a three-run triple by Nomar Mazara.

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