En­gel’s 3-run Blast lifts Sox

Chicago Sun-Times - - SOX BEAT - Daryl Van Schouwen

Right fielder No­mar Mazara should make his White Sox de­but any day now. In his ab­sence, Adam En­gel has kept his place warm the last two games.

En­gel, who will be the Sox’ fourth out­fielder but likely will pla­toon with the left-hand­ed­hit­ting Mazara when he comes off the in­jured list, hit a three-run home run against Roy­als rookie left-han­der Kris Bu­bic in the sec­ond in­ning of the Sox’ 3-2 vic­tory Fri­day at Kauff­man Sta­dium. The lofty poke into the Sox’ bullpen in left gave left-han­der Dal­las Keuchel a 3-0 lead.

Sal­vador Perez’s RBI sin­gle in the third and Ryan McB­room’s homer in the sixth ac­counted for the Roy­als’ runs against Keuchel (2-0), who al­lowed seven hits and one walk and struck out two in 5⅓ in­nings.

Jimmy Cordero got five outs, in­clud­ing three strike­outs, in score­less re­lief, Evan Mar­shall pitched a per­fect eighth and closer

Alex Colome got his first save with a per­fect ninth. In four games on the road trip, Sox re­liev­ers have pitched 16⅔ score­less in­nings.

Mazara, who has missed the first seven games for an un­spec­i­fied rea­son, is get­ting game-ready at Schaum­burg. He was ac­quired from the Rangers in an off­sea­son trade for out­field prospect Steele Walker. “He’s close,” man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said. En­gel dou­bled against Zach Ple­sac Wed­nes­day, one of three Sox hits in the righty’s 11-strike­out per­for­mance.

“My goal is to help the team win,” said En­gel, a su­pe­rior de­fen­sive player to Mazara. “If I’m pla­toon­ing with No­mar, hope­fully the right-field spot is one that is re­ally con­tribut­ing a lot be­tween the two of us.”

An­der­son ex­its with sore hip

Short­stop Tim An­der­son was pinch-hit for by Leury Gar­cia in the seventh in­ning and left the game with a sore left hip. He ag­gra­vated the hip mov­ing to his left on two ground balls and is day to day, Ren­te­ria said.

An­der­son dou­bled and sin­gled, giv­ing him eight hits in his last 15 at-bats, in­clud­ing three dou­bles and a homer. He also made an er­ror on a grounder hit by McB­room and got his feet tan­gled on the edge of the out­field grass on an in­field sin­gle.

Gar­cia sin­gled to left field with Nick Madri­gal on sec­ond, but Alex Gor­don threw out Madri­gal, who had reached on an in­field er­ror, at home. Madri­gal went 0-for-3 in his ma­jor-league de­but.

Her­rera DFA’d

Right-han­der Kelvin Her­rera, who strug­gled af­ter the Sox signed him to a two-year, $18 mil­lion con­tract be­fore the 2019 sea­son, was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment to make room on the ros­ter for Madri­gal.

“We gave him the whole year last year to work through the foot in­jury and try to set­tle in,” Ren­te­ria said.

“He left camp still right around 91 miles an hour, still wasn’t the same guy that every­body was used to see­ing the pre­vi­ous years of his ser­vice.”

Ouch

James McCann was hit twice by pitches from Bu­bic, who was mak­ing his ma­jor­league de­but, his first two times up. The first one was off McCann’s hel­met, and the sec­ond, off his left fore­arm, prompted McCann to slam his bat in anger. ✶

CHAR­LIE RIEDEL/AP

Sox right fielder Adam En­gel con­nects for a three-run home run in the sec­ond in­ning Fri­day.

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