Cueto gives up three runs, 11 hits as White Sox lose to Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX (AP) – Meibrys Viloria hit a game-breaking seventh-inning single and Texas beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Thursday night, when the Rangers became the first team since 1986 to have two of their first-round picks make their big league debuted as starters in the same game.

Southpaw Cole Ragans, who had twice Tommy John surgery after being their first-round pick in 2016, allowed an unearned run in five innings in his debut. Bubba Thompson, the team’s first pick in 2017, went 1-of-3 with a bunt single in his major league debut after being called up earlier in the day to play left field and bat for ninth.

Brock Burke (5-2) struck out four in two scoreless innings after taking over from Ragans, who struck out three, walked four and allowed three singles on his 93-pitch debut. Jonathan Hernandez threw the ninth for his second save in two occasions.

Leody Taveras had an RBI single for Rangers, who snapped a seven-game losing streak at home. That second-inning hit came after Nathaniel Lowe extended his hitting streak to 11 games with the first of his two doubles.

White Sox starter Johnny Cueto (4-5), undefeated in his last six starts, allowed three runs and 11 hits. He struck out four scoreless while pitching the entire game.

Texas had two with one out in the seventh when Viloria picked center to make it 2-1 by hitting for struggling third baseman Ezequiel Duran, in a 3-for-30 slide after retiring his two shots at bat. Thompson then had a single bunt to load the bases before Marcus Semien’s sacrificial fly.

Yoan Moncada hit a triple RBI with two outs for the White Sox in the eighth before Thompson made a running catch to end that inning.

Ragans and Thompson’s debuts came after the Rangers officially introduced 2022 first-round pick Kumar Rocker to the ballpark earlier in the day.

Ragans started after Texas put Jon Gray on the disabled list with a left oblique stump. The 24-year-old southpaw was 8-5 with a 3.04 ERA in 18 starts combined at Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Frisco.

Thompson was hitting .303 with 13 home runs, 48 ​​RBIs and 49 stolen bases in 80 games at Round Rock.

The last time two former first-round picks drafted by the same club made their MLB debuts in the same game was on April 8, 1986, when first baseman Will Clark and second baseman Robby Thompson made their debut together for the San Francisco Giants in Houston.

Chicago got its run in the third, when Luis Robert had an early walk before advancing to third after right fielder Adolis Garcia’s error on a dropped flyball that was initially ruled a catch before the White Sox were challenged. The replay showed that Garcia never had control and that the fall was not caused by his attempt to transfer the ball from the glove to his hand. Robert scored on the return of defender pick Andrew Vaughn.


White Sox: Robert was the DH in his first game since July 15, before the centre-back was placed on the injured list with blurred vision caused by a virus. He had been activated from the injured list on Tuesday but is back in action.

Rangers: OF Kole Calhoun (right heel irritation) was placed on the 10-day injured list, and RHP Dennis Santana (left ankle sprain) was placed on the 15-day IL. That freed up active roster spots for Ragans and Thompson, but Steven Duggar and Steele Walker, both outfielders at Triple-A Round Rock, were picked to make room on the 40-man roster.


White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease (11-4, 2.01 ERA) makes his first start in August after being the American League pitcher of the month in June and July. He’s won his last four starts, not giving up more than a point in his last nine. Rangers right-hander Glenn Otto (4-7) is 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA in seven starts since returning from IL related to COVID-19.


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