CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson Chipper
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, Daniel Palka and the Chicago White Sox struck late —
and quickly — to pull out another victory.Davidson hit a two-run, game-ending
homer as the White Sox scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to beat the
Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Monday for their eighth win in 11 games.Davidson hit his
20th homer into the left-field bullpen on the first pitch his saw from Detroit
closer Shane Greene (2-6) after Welington Castillo singled. Daniel Palka’s 21st
homer to lead off the ninth tied it at 2.The rebuilding White Sox are finding
ways to win down the stretch, even if they’re all but eliminated from postseason
contention.“Everything’s kind of clicking together,” Davidson said. “Late August
and September obviously can be long, so when you win, it’s a lot of fun. It
makes the days go by a little bit quicker, and we’re just enjoying it.”The
left-handed hitting Palka went deep for the second straight day and leads the
major with six homers in the ninth. This time he hit a shot to deep
left-center.“Who knows why he’s able to do that,” manager Rick Renteria said.
“He seems to bear down, and he got a pitch he could handle and drove it the
other way.”Victor Martinez homered deep to left with one out in the top of the
ninth off Jace Fry (2-2) to put Detroit ahead 2-1. Greene then failed to retire
a batter in the ninth as he blew his fifth save.“It happened,” said
Martinez ,
who sat out Sunday in New York and was questionable for this one with flu-like
symptoms. “Shane has been doing great for us all year long and he’s only
human.”Greene tried to preserve a one-run lead after throwing 30 pitches in the
ninth inning in New York against the Yankees on Sunday. Before that, the
right-hander tossed 14 against the Yankees on Thursday in earning his 28th
save.“He’s thrown one time in four days,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s our
closer. He gets the ball. He just made two bad pitches.”Niko Goodrum’s solo shot
in the seventh tied it 1-all after Chicago’s Nicky Delmonico homered to lead off
the game for Chicago.Both starters, Chicago’s Reynaldo Lopez and Detroit’s
Michael Fulmer, were strong in no decisions.Lopez yielded just one run on four
hits and struck out seven in seven innings. He was sailing along with a shutout
in his third straight solid start until Goodrum homered.Fulmer allowed only one
hit — Delmonico’s lead-off homer — before leaving with two outs in the sixth
after being struck by Palka’s sharp comebacker. The Tigers said the right-hander
has a right shin contusion and is day-to-day.Fulmer crumpled to the ground after
being hit by Palka’s smash, and the ball deflected to Goodrum who stepped on
first to record the out. After being tended to by a trainer, Fulmer walked off
the field slowly and was replaced by Drew VerHagen.Fulmer, who hasn’t won since
June 14, walked four and struck out five in one of his best performances this
season.PROSPECTINGWhite Sox GM Rick Hahn doesn’t want to rush top prospect Eloy
Jimenez and that’s he why didn’t call up the 21-year-old outfielder when rosters
expanded Saturday. But Hahn said Jimenez “is very well positioned to make a
significant impact at the big-league level at age 22 next year.”Jimenez is
hitting .355 with 12 homers with 33 RBIs in 55 games at Triple-A Charlotte. The
Dominican Republic native started the season at Double-A Birmingham.Hahn said
not calling up Jimenez in September had nothing to do with service time and
potential free agency.If the outfielder were recalled now, he would be eligible
to file for free agency entering 2025. If Jimenez spends the first 20 days of
the 2019 season on optional assignment Matt Kemp
, his free agency would be delayed until after 2025. That
means April 17, 2019, would be the earliest the White Sox could call up Jimenez
and retain control of him through 2025.CHISOX ROSTER MOVESWhite Sox C Castillo
(right shoulder) came off the disabled list and made his first appearance since
May 23. During most of his absence Castillo was serving an 80 game-suspension,
handed out on May 24 after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing
substance. … Chicago also recalled OF Ryan Cordell from Triple-A
Charlotte.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: Manager Ron Gardenhire said LHP Daniel Norris is
fine after suffering a left calf cramp in New York on Saturday and leaving the
game in the fifth inning.White Sox: 1B/DH Jose Abreu returned the clubhouse
after undergoing lower-abdominal/groin surgery on Aug. 21. Hahn said the
slugger, who leads Chicago with 22 homers and 78 RBIs, could return by
mid-September. … OF Ryan LaMarre (right hip soreness) was available off the
bench. … RF Avisail Garcia (right knee soreness) was out of the lineup for a
second straight day and is day-to-day.UP NEXTDetroit LHP Francisco Liriano (3-9,
4.96) faces Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.66) in the second game of the
three-game set on Tuesday night. Liriano has lost eight straight and not won
since April 28. In his last four starts, Giolito is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox were thinking about
Rick Renteria all night long.They banded together to get their hospitalized
manager one of his favorite presents: another win.Giolito struck out six in six
innings, Matt Davidson homered and the White Sox spoiled Stephen Gonsalves’
major league debut by holding off the Minnesota Twins for an 8-5 victory on
Monday.Chicago played without the 56-year-old Renteria after he was taken to a
hospital for lightheadedness. He was going to stay overnight for
observation.“Our thoughts and prayers were with him the whole evening ,”
said bench coach Joe McEwing, who ran the team in Renteria’s absence. “He’s
always in our mind. He’s such an amazing leader and amazing person.”Renteria was
at the ballpark when the issue arose and was taken to Hennepin County Medical
Center as a precaution. A team official said Renteria went through tests, but
didn’t have any further information.“Got to the field and I noticed Ricky wasn’t
here, and that’s obviously concerning,” Giolito said. “We just grinded through
it without our manager. Joe’s done a fantastic job in the situations he’s had to
manage and team came together and we got a good win.”Chicago won for the fourth
time in five games in the makeup of snowed-out April contest. Davidson drove in
three runs, and Jose Abreu had two hits and two RBIs.Giolito (9-9) allowed three
runs and five hits in his second straight win. The right-hander has a 3.24 ERA
over his last five road starts.Jake Cave and Max Kepler homered for the second
straight day for Minnesota, which had won five of six.Gonsalves (0-1)
surrendered four runs in just 1 1/3 innings. Considered one of the team’s top
prospects, Gonsalves gave up six hits, walked two and hit a batter.“I think it
was a little bit more reflected on how many pitches he kind of overthrew and
left up in the zone,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “We know that the command
at times can be a little sketchy and it’s what’s gotten him into problems along
the way.”Giolito entered with a 6.15 ERA and an AL-high 72 walks. He walked two
against the Twins.“I think the big difference from now versus earlier in the
season is the ability to make adjustments Deion
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, whether it be a quick, mechanical adjustment or
just mentally locking in a little bit better, focusing better,” Giolito said of
his progress. “I feel like I’m able to bounce back from a few bad pitches and
grind through, especially a night like tonight where command wasn’t the
best.”Davidson’s two-run shot in the seventh extended Chicago’s homer streak to
12 games. It’s the team’s longest streak since hitting at least one in 15
straight games in 2012.GONSALVES’ SHORT DEBUTThe 24-year-old Gonsalves is the
fourth Twins starter to make his debut this season. The 6-foot-5 left-hander was
the team’s minor league pitcher of the year in 2016, but he has been hampered by
control problems. He had 65 walks in 120 2/3 minor league innings this
season.Gonsalves allowed two hits and struck out two in a scoreless first
inning. But the first five batters reached in the second. Davidson had an RBI
single, Abreu doubled in two runs and Gonsalves’ night was over after walking
Daniel Palka on four pitches.“I didn’t slow it down, I kind of kept letting it
get to me,” Gonsalves said of his excitement. “I sped up myself, and I finally
took a breath after my first walk ,
shook my cleats out and dusted the mud off. Unfortunately, it kept piling
up.”TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: OF Leury Garcia left in the fourth inning with a
left hamstring strain after trying to run down a liner from Mitch Garver. He
will be re-evaluated Tuesday in Chicago.Twins: RHP Ervin Santana will see hand
specialist Thomas Varecka after having to go back on the disabled list with
continued problems with the middle finger of his throwing hand. … Slugger Logan
Morrison had hip surgery. Molitor said the labrum was repaired and bone spurs
removed. Morrison is out the rest of the season.UP NEXTThe Twins and White Sox
travel to Chicago for a two-game series. Right-hander Michael Kopech, one of
baseball’s top pitching prospects, is scheduled to make his major league debut
on Tuesday. Kopech went 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 126 1/3
innings for Triple-A Charlotte this season. Minnesota starts right-hander Jose
Berrios (11-8, 3.75 ERA). Berrios is 2-1 with a 4.10 ERA in five starts since
making his first All-Star Game appearance.
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