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Eloy Drives in 4, Abreu Homers to Lead White Sox Past Royals 9-2

The White Sox offense bounced back from a tough loss to even the series at a game apiece.

Eloy Jimenez Chicago White Sox
Photo: NBC Sports Chicago

The Chicago White Sox bounced back from a tough series-opening loss to beat the Kansas City Royals 9-2 on Tuesday night. Sox bats produced 14 hits and Lucas Giolito battled through a tough third inning to pick up a win. The South Siders’ victory evened the series at one apiece.

Eloy’s Back

The White Sox opened the scoring in the first inning with a trio of runs. Andrew Vaughn got things going with a one-out triple. He scored on a base hit from Eloy Jimenez, who then advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jose Abreu’s single. Yoan Moncada drew a walk and AJ Pollock followed with the fourth hit of the inning to score Abreu.

Eloy added a two-run double in the fourth that scored Josh Harrison and Tim Anderson.

Jimenez added another RBI in the sixth when he hit a sacrifice fly to score Harrison.

Jose Abreu capped off the inning with a 400-foot homer to left field. Gavin Sheets added the White Sox’s ninth and final run in the seventh with a solo homer to right.

Royals starter Brad Keller was tagged for eight earned runs on 13 hits in 5.2 innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Fair Enough

Lucas Giolito pitched well enough to keep the game close until more offense arrived. He battled through a 41-pitch third inning and managed to hold the Royals to only two runs. Giolito issued three walks in the frame, two of which scored. Salvador Perez beat an infield single to score Nicky Lopez and Hunter Dozier doubled to score MJ Melendez. Those were the only runs of the contest for Kansas City. Giolito tossed five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.

The White Sox bullpen finished the final four innings. They combined to allow two hits, no runs, and no walks. Newly acquired lefty Jake Diekman pitched a spotless 1-2-3 sixth inning and fanned two.

Notes

The White Sox failed to make any acquisitions on Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline day.

Luis Robert was activated from the 10-day injured list but did not play.

The Sox reinstated Jake Burger from the IL and optioned him to Triple-A Charlotte.

Vince Velasquez began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.

What’s On Tap Next?

The series will wrap up Wednesday with the Chicago White Sox sending Lance Lynn to the mound against Brady Singer of the Kansas City Royals. The White Sox will look to take two of three and win their second consecutive home series. NBC Sports Chicago will carry the broadcast beginning at 1:10 PM CT and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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