Jose Abreu Homers and Liam Hendriks escape in 9th as White Sox beat Rays – NBC Chicago

Abreu home runs, Hendriks escapes in 9th as White Sox beat Rays originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Abreu homered for the first time this season, closer Liam Hendriks left the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Saturday.

Michael Kopech pitched five solid innings and Yasmani Grandal struck out a quarterback single to give Chicago the lead in the sixth. Eloy Jimenez and Tim Anderson added two hits apiece for the White Sox, who have won six of seven and are off to a 6-2 start for the first time since 2016 despite several key injuries.

Wander Franco doubled for the defending AL East champion Rays, who have lost four straight after starting the season 3-0.

Hendriks hit Taylor Walls in the ninth for his fourth save after intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to charge the bases. Hendriks also got the save in a 3-2 win Friday night.

Kopech allowed one unearned run and one hit, struck out five and walked two in his first career appearance against the Rays. The right-hander moved into the rotation after making 40 bullpen appearances and four starts last year, his first full major league season.

Reynaldo Lopez (2-0) allowed a run in one inning.

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. He signed a one-year, $8 million contract as a free agent with Tampa Bay.

Grandal’s single against Ryan Thompson (1-1) gave the White Sox the lead for good in the sixth. Luis Robert scored after reaching on an error.

Manuel Margot isolated Lopez to equalize 2-2 early in the round. Yandy Diaz couldn’t score on an errant pitch in the third.

Abreu beat Kluber for a 2-1 White Sox lead in the fourth. Anderson scored after a first infield single — Kluber’s first abandoned hit — and advanced on Kluber’s picking error.

The White Sox lead AL Central despite pitchers Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn, third baseman Yoan Moncada and outfielder AJ Pollock on the disabled list.

Harold Ramirez’s sacrifice fly gave the Rays the lead in the first inning.

FADED AWAY

Randy Arozarena was ejected for the first time in his career after throwing his bat in response to a strikeout called in the sixth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: LHP Shane McClanahan could start Monday against the Cubs in place of LHP Ryan Yarbrough (left groin tightness), manager Kevin Cash has said.

White Sox: Pollock (hamstring) is around 80% and will “soon” go to Triple-A Charlotte for bats, manager Tony La Russa said. … Moncada (right oblique strain) is improving but feels discomfort in certain movements, La Russa said. … 3B Josh Harrison (back pain) returned to the lineup.

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RHP Vince Velasquez (0-0, 2.25 ERA) is expected to start for the White Sox in Sunday’s series finale. The Rays had yet to announce a starter.

Lance B. Holton