Chris Sale was so bewildered by events in the second inning on Wednesday night he shook his head as he walked into the dugout.

Fortunately for Sale and the White Sox it was the only time the young ace was left in a confused state.

After an early hiccup, Sale bounced back and regained top form and the White Sox took advantage with a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers in front of 34,677 at Rangers Ballpark. Conor Gillaspie and Alejandro De Aza both homered late and Addison Reed pitched out of trouble after he hit former teammate A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch as the White Sox snapped a three-game losing streak.

“My arm was loose and I was throwing the ball well,” Sale said. “I left a couple of balls up, but I felt like that was really the turning point. After that inning I kind of found my rhythm and found myself.”

Sale looked sharp in his first inning of work but squandered a 2-0 White Sox lead in a 34-pitch second frame.

Texas left fielder Jeff Baker opened the scoring with a one-out solo homer to left to make it 2-1. Sale then walked Mitch Moreland and Geovany Soto, and Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler both singled, the last hitting high off the left-field fence but only scoring the tying run as Soto had to advance with caution.

But just as yet another implosion appeared probable, Sale pitched his way out of trouble. He struck out Elvis Andrus and got ahead in the count of Lance Berkman, getting an inning-ending groundout to preserve the tie.

“It definitely could have got out of hand,” catcher Tyler Flowers said. “He was settled down enough and the biggest thing is getting ahead of guys and making a good pitch on Berkman to end the inning. (Sale) just got behind and you can’t be as fine. That’s a pretty good hitting team over there.”