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Choo beats defensive shift, singles in winning run in 11th inning, Rangers beat White Sox 2-1

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ARLINGTON, Texas — celebrated with his teammates after his 11th-inning walk-off single on Thursday night.

After the burst of enthusiasm for the Texas Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, Choo downplayed his role.

"We used the bullpen, both teams. That's really more than one game, and I think everybody did a good job tonight."

Choo's single to left field beat Chicago's defensive shift, passing to shortstop 's right as he tried to scramble back from his temporary position near second base.

scored the winning run. He led off the inning with his third single and moved to second on 's sacrifice.

(1-2) was the losing pitcher. The win went to (2-0).

The Rangers won their fifth consecutive series and moved a season-high two games above .500 (28-26) for the second time. Despite completing a 5-2 homestand, they still have just an 11-15 record at home.

Manager was pleased with the result of the homestand, but not with his team's play on Thursday.

"This was the toughest," he said. "We can't have four errors. We left 14 runners on base. We've got to get some timely hits and drive in runs."

Choo said, "Everybody has ups and down, players and teams. (Josh) Hamilton and (Adrian) Beltre have injuries. Somebody's coming up, from the minor leagues and outside the organization, and helping us this year. That's different than last year."

The players coming up include rookies Alberto, and Delino DeShields, and veteran right-hander . He gave up three hits, two walks and an unearned run in six innings.

"Gallardo grinded through," Banister said. "He found a two-seamer that he was able to use to get through."

Gallo didn't hit a home run after blasting one in each of his first two major league games. He had a single and an intentional walk in four at-bats, and struck out twice.

DeShields and Price Fielder had two hits apiece for the Rangers. singled twice for the White Sox.

DeShields led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, and scored on Fielder's ground single to center field.

In the fourth, Chicago's reached base on Gallo's throwing error, went to third on Ramirez's single and scored on a sacrifice fly by .

White Sox rookie struck out a career-high 10 batters in six innings. He allowed one run, five hits and three walks.

FIELDING .500

Gallo's fourth-inning throwing error was on the first ground ball hit to him in two major league games in the field. He settled down to throw out two runners on grounders in the extra innings.

LEFTOVERS

In addition to the Rangers' 14 runners left on base, the White Sox stranded 10. Texas had multiple runners on base in the eighth and 10th innings, but Chicago turned double plays to end both threats.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: In contrast to Texas with 13 players on the disabled list, Chicago has only two. RHP (fractured finger) has been on the DL since April. So has RHP (elbow ligament replacement surgery) -- since April of 2014. It's unlikely that either would return this month.

Rangers: LF (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list, and LHP (inflamed shoulder) came off the DL. . LHP (strained shoulder) is scheduled for an MRI exam on Friday, and could begin throwing off a mound this weekend. . OF (fractured right heel) began an injury-rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock at Reno on Thursday.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Returning home for a three-game series against Detroit, Chicago will start LHP (2-6, 4.33) on Friday. He is 1-5 in his last seven starts, despite a 2.98 ERA in 45 1/3 innings.

Rangers: RHP Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez (1-0, 0.00) will make his second major league start on Friday in the opener of a three-game series in Kansas City. The most recent Ranger to win his first two career starts was Kevin Brown in 1986 and '88.


This story has been corrected to show that the Rangers are two games above .500, not three.

PHOTO: Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus, right, slides safely to second ahead of the tag by Chicago White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez on a fly ball by Joey Gallo during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus, right, slides safely to second ahead of the tag by Chicago White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez on a fly ball by Joey Gallo during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

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PHOTO: Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo is congratulated by manager Jeff Banister (28) after his single drove in Leonys Martin with the winning run against the Chicago White Sox during the 11th inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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