Choo hits grand slam as Rangers pound White Sox 12-5

CHICAGO (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo hit his first grand slam in eight years, leading the Texas Rangers to a 12-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Choo made it 9-3 with his drive against reliever Chris Volstad in a five-run third inning. He also singled and scored in the fourth and walked twice.

Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo each drove in three runs for Texas. Jesse Chavez (2-0) and two other relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings following a shaky start by Matt Moore. The Rangers picked up the win after blowing a late lead the previous night to start this four-game series between last-place teams.

With their 10th loss in 12 games, the White Sox are 11-30. It’s the worst 41-game start in franchise history, as well as the worst record in the majors this season. They are also 4-16 at home, a low point for them through 20 games.

Jose Abreu had a pair of RBI doubles and scored two runs. But Carson Fulmer (2-4) made another early exit in his third straight loss.

Nicky Delmonico left with a broken bone in his right middle finger, and it all added up to another painful night for the White Sox.

Fulmer struggled with his control on a rainy night after getting knocked out by Minnesota and the crosstown Cubs. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up eight runs and three hits in two-plus innings. He walked five, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.

Fulmer has allowed 18 runs (17 earned) over 7 1/3 innings in his last three starts and has as many walks (11) as strikeouts in that span. He exited with the White Sox trailing 5-3 in the third after walking Robinson Chirinos to load the bases.

Volstad got two outs before Choo broke the game open by driving an 0-2 pitch beyond the right-field bullpen. The grand slam was the fourth of his career and first since 2010 with Cleveland.

Moore gave up five runs — four earned — and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels‘ status remained up in the air a day after he was scratched from his scheduled start because of neck stiffness. Manager Jeff Banister was waiting for Hamels to play catch Friday before making an announcement. … Banister said the reports on RHP Tim Lincecum (blister on right middle finger) were “much improved” following his latest rehab outing for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been working in relief and has a 7.11 ERA in five rehab appearances.

White Sox: Delmonico is expected to miss four to six weeks after he was hit by a pitch from Moore in the second inning. … The White Sox got another visit from Danny Farquhar, and they continue to be encouraged by the reliever’s recovery from a brain hemorrhage last month.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Had not announced a starter for Saturday’s game as of late Friday night.

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (2-4, 6.91 ERA) looks for a better result at home after going 0-2 with a staggering 13.89 ERA in his first three starts at Guaranteed Rate Field.