Prince Fielder, who started the game at .164, reached base all five times he batted, including a run-scoring double. He also singled, walked twice — including his AL-leading seventh intentional pass, a club record for one month — and was hit by a pitch.
The Rangers had 18 hits, four better than the previous season high of 14 on opening day.
“I wish I could see this every night, but I know that’s not possible,” manager Ron Washington said. “We’re just grinding out at-bats, having good at-bats throughout the lineup, and that’s what it’s going to take.”
Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez extended a franchise record by getting a hit in his 17th straight game to start the season. His soft single to right in the fifth extended his streak to 21 games going back to last season.
Kevin Kouzmanoff extended the hitting streak at the start of his Texas career to nine games with a pair of run-scoring singles.
Paulino had to endure the first seven-run inning in the majors this season with no sign of help in the third because the Chicago bullpen was just two days removed from a 6-4 loss in 14 innings against Boston.
Martin’s triple into the right-field corner brought in two, and Chirinos sent one just over the 14-foot wall in left field for a 6-0 lead. Rios had a two-run single, and Fielder brought him home with a double off Paulino, who also had a walk, a hit batter and two wild pitches in the inning.
When Kouzmanoff lined out to end the third, White Sox reliever Zach Putnam had just started warming up. Putnam replaced Paulino in the fourth after a two-out homer by Martin and Chirinos’ third hit, a single to right.
“At that point, after two nights ago, somebody’s got to buck up and wear it,” manager Robin Ventura said. “If you get in a mess like that, you’re the guy that has to stay in and take it.”