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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox were hot, but the Texas Rangers still spoiled the party on Elvis Night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Despite facing ace left-hander Chris Sale, the Rangers beat the White Sox 11-5 to win their fourth game in a row and snap Chicago's six-game win streak -- which had been the longest current streak in baseball. The game also marked the return of former Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who got a standing ovation and video montage on the center-field scoreboard before going 1-for-4 with an RBI in the win.

Sale (9-12) struck out the first two hitters he faced and retired the side in order in the first. After that, it was rough sailing. The Rangers tagged him for a career-high tying eight runs on eight hits through seven innings, including four home runs.

Texas hit five homers in all, including a hotly-contested inside-the-park home run in the third by Ian Kinsler that gave the Rangers a 5-3 lead and led to White Sox manager Robin Ventura's ejection. Jeff Baker, Adam Rosales, Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland also went deep for the Rangers -- who now have won 19 of their last 23 games.

Texas (75-53) rapped out 12 hits and scored in five of Sale's innings, including four times in the second on a pair of two-run homers by Baker and Rosales. The Rangers also recorded a franchise first by logging an inside-the-park homer and pinch-hit home run -- by Moreland in the eighth -- in the same game.

Rosales, meanwhile, started at designated hitter because of his track record against Sale. Hitting just .190 before the game, Rosales had four career hits in seven at-bats against Sale. He finished the game 1-for-2 and drove in three runs to lead the way offensively, while Baker, Kinsler and Moreland each drove in a pair of runs.

Martin Perez (7-3) started and earned the win by throwing seven innings and allowing four runs.

Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo each drove in two runs to lead Chicago (52-75), which had just come off a seven-game road trip with six straight victories. Texas also came into the game on a roll after sweeping the Houston Astros.

Friday night's effort was Sale's worst outing since allowing eight earned runs in just 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Cleveland Indians on April 13 at Progressive Field.

NOTES: The White Sox will host the Seventh Annual Civil Rights Game on Saturday night against the Rangers, which will be preceded on Saturday afternoon by MLB's Beacon Awards luncheon that will honor former Sox star Bo Jackson. ... Four former White Sox players made a return to the South side with the Rangers, including Alex Rios, who appeared in a Rangers' uniform for the first time since being traded in July. ... RHP Neftali Feliz and RHP Alexi Ogando are both attempting to return from injuries for the Rangers, with Feliz recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2012 by pitching in the minors and Ogando (inflamed nerve in shoulder) slated to throw a bullpen session this weekend. ... RHP Nick Tepesch (elbow inflammation) will throw live batting practice on Saturday for the Rangers, while RHP Colby Lewis had hip resurfacing surgery on Thursday in New York.
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