The Chicago White Sox returned home from a seven-game road trip Tuesday and took care of business against the Colorado Rockies. Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu provided the pop while Michael Kopech and the Sox' bullpen limited the visitors to two runs. Those efforts helped the South Siders open the two-game series with a 4-2 victory.
The White Sox got the scoring started early thanks to a three-run homer by Jimenez in the first inning. His 13th long ball of the season plated Elvis Andrus and Abreu, who had reached on a double and a walk, respectively.
In his second start back from the injured list, Kopech recorded a clean pair of innings to begin his night. He ran into a bit of trouble in the third when Elias Diaz smacked a one-out single to center field. Alan Trejo followed with a two-run homer into the left field bullpen for the Rockies' only runs of the night.
Kopech bounced back with 1-2-3 frames in the fourth and fifth to cap his outing. Despite allowing some hard-hit balls, the 26-year-old finished with a solid final line of 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 K, 1 HR.
After Jimmy Lambert worked around a Rockies' sixth-inning threat, it was fairly smooth sailing for the White Sox. Lambert, Reynaldo Lopez, and Kendall Graveman each tossed one inning and picked up a hold.
Abreu gave his team an insurance run with a solo shot in the eighth inning. It was his first home run since Aug. 3, ending a career-long 37-game drought.
Liam Hendriks slammed the door in the ninth inning by sending the Rockies down in order to record his 33rd save of the season.
Luis Robert returned from a five-game absence to test out his ailing left hand and wrist. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts from the 7-spot in the order.
Miguel Cairo is now 10-4 as White Sox' acting manager.
The White Sox will shuffle their starting rotation to have Lance Lynn face the Cleveland Guardians Thursday in a crucial makeup game.
What's On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox close out a two-game series against the Colorado Rockies with a Wednesday matinee matchup. Dylan Cease will take the mound for the South Siders opposite Colorado's Kyle Freeland. First pitch is at 1:10 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.
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