Published November 20, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Treanor homered and drove in a career-high four runs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5 on Wednesday night after losing Vladimir Guerrero to an eye injury during batting practice.
Guerrero, the designated hitter, was scratched from the lineup after a ball he hit ricocheted off the cage and struck him above the left eye. The Rangers said the eight-time All-Star had "significant swelling," but X-rays showed no structural damage. He is day-to-day.
Even without its best hitter, Texas still managed to pound Gavin Floyd (2-6).
Treanor capped a three-run first with a two-run bases-loaded double, and led off the third with his third homer. He was also robbed in the sixth when right fielder Carlos Quentin raced back for a lunging catch on his sacrifice fly.
Texas' Michael Young had three hits, including doubles in the first two innings, and drove in three runs while scoring two. Josh Hamilton had his second straight three-hit game, and the Rangers had 12 hits after getting 19 the previous night in a 9-6 win.
Chicago's Paul Konerko hit two home runs off Scott Feldman late in the game, giving him 16 this season. He went deep twice at Texas on April 29 and has 26 multi-homer games in his career.
Feldman (3-5) got his second win in three starts, allowing five runs and eight hits in a season-high eight innings.
Floyd lasted 2 2-3 innings, allowing eight hits and six runs. It was the sixth time an opponent scored at least five runs against him, and the Rangers had their way even though they didn't have their slugger.
The injury to Guerrero, who's batting .335 with 12 homers and is second in the majors with 44 RBIs, set a bad tone, but the AL West leaders were able to get by for at least one night.
After rallying from four runs down against Mark Buehrle on Tuesday, they wasted no time taking control of this one.
They sent nine batters to the plate in the first and got four hits, staring with Young's one-out double. Hamilton singled him in with two outs, and the Rangers got a single by David Murphy and walk to Justin Smoak before Treanor doubled to left to make it 3-0.
In the second, after the White Sox pulled within one, Young followed Elvis Andrus' walk with an RBI double and scored on another single by Hamilton.
Treanor made it 6-2 in the third when he lined an 0-1 pitch to about the first row in left.
NOTES: With Guerrero out, LF Hamilton moved into cleanup spot with Young going from 3B to DH and Andres Blanco starting at 3B and batting eighth. ... RHP Tommy Hunter is scheduled to make his first start of the season against Tampa Bay on Saturday, after being slowed in spring training with a left oblique strain and sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City. ... White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, who strained his calf running on Friday, worked the ninth in his first appearance in a week. "Everything's good," he said before the game. And manager Ozzie Guillen reiterated his role wasn't about to change even though he entered Wednesday's game with a 6.35 ERA. "Our bullpen is better if Bobby's the closer."