Gallardo's short start taxes bullpen

Righty tosses five scoreless, but relievers give up lead

Gallardo's short start taxes bullpen

CHICAGO -- Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo did not allow a run in Sunday afternoon's 3-2 loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field and now has a 15-consecutive-innings scoreless streak.

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Sunday also marked the 17th straight game that the Rangers' starting pitcher has allowed three or fewer runs. That is the longest such streak in club history.

The drawback for Gallardo on Sunday was that his was the shortest of those 17 starts for the Rangers. Gallardo made it through just five innings and 98 pitches before manager Jeff Banister went to the bullpen.

That pushed the Rangers' bullpen a little deeper than they had hoped, and the White Sox finally prevailed on Gordon Beckham's walk-off home run to lead off the 11th inning. The home run came off of rookie left-handed reliever Alex Claudio, who was starting his second inning of work.

Beckham's walk-off home run

"It's obviously not an easy day when you throw almost 20 pitches per inning," Gallardo said. "I've got to give them credit, they made me battle. They made me work. I fell behind quite a bit, and that obviously didn't help."

This is the first time since 2010 that Gallardo has not given up a run while failing to pitch at least six complete innings. But Banister, with his team leading 1-0, thought Gallardo had had enough.

"He had battled through traffic all day long," Banister said. "He battled out of some tough situations. We felt it was far enough, five innings and 98 pitches. That's a lot of yard work."

Banister brought in left-hander Ross Detwiler, who had pitched two scoreless innings on Saturday. This time, he gave up two runs to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead.

Ramirez's game-tying RBI single

"He needs to be able to get through those innings," Banister said.

Right-hander Jon Edwards had to get the final out of the sixth inning before the Rangers tied it up in the seventh on a home run by Leonys Martin. The Rangers got the game into extra innings because Keone Kela, Sam Freeman and Tanner Scheppers combined for three scoreless.

Martin's solo homer

Claudio then took over in the 10th. The only two pitchers left in the bullpen were right-handers Anthony Bass and Shawn Tolleson. Banister was holding Tolleson for a save situation.

The plan was to have one more inning from Claudio and then turn it over to Bass, who is the Rangers' long reliever. The White Sox had three right-handed hitters coming up at the bottom of their order in the 11th to face the left-handed Claudio. Right-handed hitters were 3-for-21 against Claudio coming into the game.

"Claudio has been very good against right-handers," Banister said. "We felt comfortable where we were with Claudio. He had thrown the ball well the previous inning. It was getting to the point where we were short late. We felt where we were in their part of lineup, he could do it."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.