CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — The Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 11-9 in 10 innings on Saturday, squandering a five-run lead, breaking the patience of a crowd already upset with manager Tony La Russa.
“Fire Tony!” fans chanted at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Criticism of the pilot has intensified this week, as a result of ordering an intentional walk with two strikes, in a game that Chicago ended up losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Last year, the White Sox clinched the AL Central title but are now 27-30 under the 77-year-old Hall of Fame manager.
Chicago has lost three of four games. Texas won for just the fourth time in 11 games.
Jake Burger hit a three-run homer off Martin Perez to help the White Sox take a 5-0 lead early in the fifth.
But the Rangers reacted when Adolis Garcia hit a three-run homer off Lucas Giolito in the fifth. Texas tied it at 7 in the seventh on Jonah Heim’s sacrifice fly.
It was then that the chorus against La Russa began.
The win went to reliever Matt Moore (3-0). The defeat, for Matt Foster (1-1).
For the Rangers, Cuban Garcia 5-2 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Dominican Ezequiel Durán 4-2 with two runs scored.
For the White Sox, Cubans Luis Robert 5-1 with a run scored and an RBI, José Abreu 5-1 with a run scored and an RBI, Yoán Moncada 5-0, Yasmani Grandal 2-2. Dominican Leury García 5-3 with three runs scored.