Five Rangers make the cut as All-Stars
Astros’ Bourn earns a place on NL squad
The Texas Rangers, leading the American League West and off to their best start since 1999, were richly rewarded when the All-Star teams were announced Sunday, collecting five spots on the American League roster, including three starters.
Outfielder Josh Hamilton and designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero were voted in by the fans. Ian Kinsler also will start, at second base, because he was No. 2 in fan balloting behind the injured Dustin Pedroia.
Slick second-year shortstop Elvis Andrus was voted in as a reserve by the players, and rookie closer Neftali Feliz, with his 100-mph fastball, will work out of the bullpen.
Guerrero tops the major leagues with 70 RBIs, and Hamilton has 19 home runs, 59 RBIs and a .340 batting average.
Continued from C1 first All-Star berth, got three outs for his fifth save in seven chances. He was subbing for regular closer Bobby Jenks, who came off the bereavement list on Friday after missing almost a week and is working to get back into game shape.
The White Sox have won 18 of 23 to move a game behind Detroit and Minnesota in the AL Central.
Hamilton homered for Texas to extend his home hitting streak to 24 games, second-longest in club history. His two-run shot in the fourth after Vladimir Guerrero singled gave Texas a 2-1 lead. Hamilton had been tied at 23 straight games with Michael Young (2009) and Ivan Rodriguez (1995). Al Oliver’s 30-game streak in 1981 is the Rangers’ home record.
Hamilton and Guerrero were voted as starters for the AL All-Star team announced earlier Sunday.
Feldman allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings for the Rangers.
Of Chicago’s 24 hits in the first two games of the series, 22 were singles and two were doubles. This time, four of the nine hits for the White Sox went for extra bases.
Chicago got an unearned run in the second when Quentin reached on third baseman Young’s throwing error, and scored on Mark Kotsay’s double.
After Hamilton’s 20th homer of the season sent Texas in front in the fourth, Chicago tied it at 2 in the fifth on rookie Dayan Viciedo’s RBI groundout.
Borbon’s one-out solo homer in the fifth put Texas back ahead 3-2.
Chicago third baseman Omar Vizquel left in the third inning after being hit by a pitch from Feldman. He was struck by a fastball in the left knee and rolled to the ground in pain with what was later diagnosed as a bruise following negative X-rays. Rangers starting pitcher Scott Feldman reacts after giving up five runs to the Chicago White Sox in six innings in a 2-1 loss.
Texas’ Josh Hamilton high-fives manager Ron Washington, left, and Elvis Andrus after he hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning.