The Texas Rangers came to Chicago with the best record in the majors and left U.S. Cellular Field the victims of a three-game sweep.
Texas was routed, 19-2, in the opener, lost a tough 10-inning game in the middle, then couldn’t find a way to solve White Sox rookie Jose Quintana in the series finale, dropping a 2-1 decision Thursday in searing heat.
The loss was the fourth straight for the two-time AL champions, matching their longest skid of the season.
‘‘We’re in first place in the West. That’s where we are,’’ Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ‘‘That’s what this series told us. We lost three ballgames, but we’re in first place in the West.’’
Washington wasn’t distressed by his team’s performance in the next-to-last series before he manages the AL in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Kansas City, Mo.
‘‘It’s always disappointing when you pitch well and don’t put enough runs on the board,’’ he said. ‘‘Certainly not gonna shake our ability to know that we’re a very good club. For three games against the Chicago White Sox, we didn’t do very much. . . . Other than that first game, I thought we played pretty good baseball.’’
Quintana allowed only two hits in eight innings, outpitching All-Star Matt Harrison in a game that saw temperatures reach 102.
Harrison (11-4) pitched well, allowing only eight hits and two runs, including a go-ahead solo homer to Kevin Youkilis in the sixth. He finished with a complete game.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on the two-out RBI single by Adrian Beltre when his liner struck Quintana near the left hip and ricocheted past Youkilis at first. Ian Kinsler, who had walked and moved to second on a grounder, scored on the play.
Youkilis hit his sixth homer of the season and second since joining the White Sox in a trade from Boston last month. This one went to right field.
Tigers 7, Twins 3 — Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to break a tie and Delmon Young hit a solo shot to lift host Detroit over Minnesota and a split of the four-game series.
Miguel Cabrera’s RBI single for Detroit in the eighth tied it 3-all. The hit scored Austin Jackson, who tripled with one out before pinch hitter Quintin Berry walked.
Royals 9, Blue Jays 6 — Luke Hochevar won for the third time in four starts after leaving the game with a sprained ankle, Eric Hosmer had three RBIs, and Kansas City won in Toronto.
All-Star Billy Butler snapped a season-long 0-for-24 hitless streak against Toronto pitching and Yuniesky Betancourt homered as the Royals won for the second time in six games.
Angels 9, Orioles 7 — Kendrys Morales hit a two-run single in Los Angeles’s five-run fourth inning and the Angels rallied to beat visiting Baltimore.
Indians 3, Rays 1 — Josh Tomlin pitched seven stellar innings and Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Brantley, and Travis Hafner homered, leading host Cleveland over Tampa Bay.