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Rangers 15, White Sox 2: Misfiring on all cylinders

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Neither the defense nor the offense could figure out a way to prop up an ineffective Jeff Samardzija

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

I missed the first three innings of this game. Usually when that happens, I speed through the first three on my DVR while watching live on MLB.tv. But by the time I could've done that ... it just didn't seem worth it.

Bullet point recap:

*Jeff Samardzija was pounded by the Rangers, but the Sox defense looked pretty poor behind him. Joey Gallo's two-run "single" was a ball Adam LaRoche probably should have played -- or at least knocked down. A right fielder with two good wheels might've been able to run in to catch the two-run single by Leonys Martin that followed.

Out in left, Melky Cabrera pulled up on a foul ball down the left field line by Shin-Soo Choo, who used the extended at-bat to hit a solo shot. Then Samardzija's day ended when a hard-hit grounder went under Alexei Ramirez's glove, rather than going for a 6-4-3 double play.

*Samardzija doesn't warrant all your empathy, though. After Adam Eaton cut the Rangers' 4-0 lead in half with a two-run homer, Smarch gave the two runs right back by walking Elvis Andrus, then allowing Gallo's first MLB homer.

*Smarch's final line: 5 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR. He deserved some of that, but not all of it.

*That Eaton homer was cool. He fell behind 1-2 on Colby Lewis, then extended the at-bat five more pitches (four foul balls) before turning on a slider and keeping it fair, some 391 feet down the right field line. Too bad it was the only offense for the White Sox.

*The Rangers amassed as many hits off Dan Jennings and Hector Noesi over the last three innings as the Sox did all game -- seven.

*Noesi allowed four runs on five hits and a walk over his two innings ... yet it was worlds better than the last time he pitched in Arlington.

*The game lasted two hours and 35 minutes. Hooray, pace-of-play initiatives.

Record: 23-27 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights