ARLINGTON, Texas — Martin Perez turned toward first base, waiting for the call he hoped was coming.
When the umpire’s arm went up signaling a strikeout on Dayan Viciedo’s check-swing with a full count, the young Texas Rangers left-hander pumped his fist and waited for a hug from catcher Robinson Chirinos.
Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and the Rangers routed the Chicago White Sox 12-0 on Friday night in American League baseball.
“I just say, ‘Give me the strike,’ because I don’t want the walk and then maybe they take me out,” Perez said of his 109th pitch. “So give me that strike.”
Perez has thrown 17 straight scoreless innings after he went eight in a 1-0 win over Houston. His other complete game came against the Astros, a 6-1 win last Aug. 11.
Martin, who matched his career high in RBIs, homered and was one of four Texas batters with three hits. Chirinos also went deep.
Perez (3-0) retired the last 12 batters in his second complete game and struck out eight, including rookie Jose Abreu three times. Perez retired seven straight after Adam Eaton opened the game with a single and never allowed more than one baserunner in an inning.
“He did a good job getting ahead,” Chicago’s Tyler Flowers said. “He was pounding the zone, and he would challenge us on the first or second pitch.”
Martin had a two-run triple and Chirinos hit a two-run homer on the next pitch in a seven-run third inning off Felipe Paulino (0-2), who gave up 13 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Martin homered for a 10-0 lead in the fourth.
Chirinos and Jim Adduci set career highs with three hits apiece. Alex Rios also had three hits and scored each time he reached base.