An­der­son, Lopez pro­pel White Sox past Roy­als

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -


CHICAGO — Tim An­der­son hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run, sev­enth-in­ning rally, Rey­naldo Lopez pitched six strong in­nings in his White Sox de­but and Chicago won its fourth straight, 6-3 over the slid­ing Kansas City Roy­als on Fri­day night.

Mike Mous­takas belted a pair of deep solo shots to give him 34 homers, but the Roy­als lost their fifth straight and 10th in 12.

Adam En­gel's sec­ond triple of the game drove in the tiebreak­ing run in the sev­enth. Yolmer Sanchez had two RBIs and Ke­van Smith dou­bled in a run as the AL-worst White Sox kept rolling fol­low­ing a three-game sweep of league-lead­ing Hous­ton.

Aaron Bummer (1-2) pitched a score­less sev­enth and eighth to earn his first ma­jor league win. Kansas City starter Danny Duffy (7-8) al­lowed five runs and seven hits in his sec­ond straight loss.

Tyler Clip­pard got the fi­nal two outs for third save in eight chances as Kansas City scored its third run on wild pitch.

Lopez al­lowed two runs — both on Mous­takas' homers. The 23-yearold right-han­der, one of re­build­ing Chicago's prized prospects, per­mit­ted four hits and struck out six af­ter be­ing re­called from Triple-A Charlotte ear­lier in the day.

The 23-year-old Lopez was ac­quired by Chicago from Washington in De­cem­ber 2016 with right-han­ders Lu­cas Gi­olito and Dane Dun­ning for out­fielder Adam Ea­ton.

Mous­takas' first homer, with one out in the fourth, was the first hit off Lopez.

The White Sox jumped out 1-0 in the first when Smith lined a dou­ble to the left-cen­ter gap and drove in An­der­son. En­gel tripled off the right-cen­ter wall, then scored on Sanchez's grounder in the sec­ond to make it 2-0.

RANGERS 6, ASTROS 4 Cole Hamels pitched seven score­less in­nings, Elvis An­drus scored each time af­ter his three hits and the Texas Rangers beat the Hous­ton Astros, the fourth straight loss for the team with the AL’s best record. Hamels (7-1) lim­ited the Astros to three sin­gles only six days af­ter the lefty’s com­plete game against Min­nesota. Two of those were in­field hits, in­clud­ing Jose Al­tuve’s come­backer that ric­o­cheted off his left knee and into foul ter­ri­tory in the fourth.

YAN­KEES 5, RED SOX 4 Aaron Hicks awoke a dor­mant of­fense with a two-run homer that sparked a five-run eighth in­ning, then threw out a run­ner at third in the ninth in­ning to help Aroldis Chap­man get out of trou­ble, and the New York Yan­kees ral­lied to beat the Red Sox and stop Bos­ton’s win­ning streak at eight.

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