Johnny Cueto returned for the eighth inning Thursday at Globe Life Field, aiming to keep the Chicago White Sox within striking distance of the Texas Rangers.
“I felt good,” Cueto said through an interpreter. “(Manager Tony La Russa) had the confidence in me and gave me the chance to go out there. It was good.”
Cueto did his part, retiring the heart of the order in order. But the Sox couldn’t put together a rally in the ninth, losing 3-2 in the opener of a four-game series in front of 20,972.
Rangers starter Cole Ragans and three relievers limited the Sox to five hits.
“We got shut down,” La Russa said. “He pitched with a lot of poise. (The third inning) he had some breaks against him and he came back and made good pitches.”
Ragans allowed one unearned run on three…
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