White Sox beat Cubs 5-4 on Saladino's single
CHICAGO (AP) Tyler Saladino hit a game-ending RBI single, and the Chicago White Sox put a damper on the Chicago Cubs' trade for Aroldis Chapman with a 5-4 victory on Monday night.
J.B. Shuck sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single against Mike Montgomery (3-5), who was acquired in a deal with Seattle last week. Shuck advanced on Dioner Navarro's sacrifice and Saladino followed with a bouncer into center field.
Dan Jennings (4-2) got two outs for the win. The White Sox also got two victories in their last at-bat on Sunday against Detroit.
The Cubs trailed 4-2 before Dexter Fowler and Anthony Rizzo each hit an RBI single in the ninth. They had runners on first and second with two out when Jennings struck out Jason Heyward to escape the threat.
Javier Baez hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, who were coming off a nice weekend series in Milwaukee.
Todd Frazier hit a three-run drive off Jake Arrieta and Miguel Gonzalez pitched into the seventh inning, helping the White Sox to their third consecutive win. Melky Cabrera made an outstanding leaping catch in the first, robbing Kris Bryant of a home run.
Moments after he lost his bat into the stands in the sixth, Frazier drove the next pitch from Arrieta over the wall in center for his 29th homer. He also connected against Arrieta last year, when the ace right-hander allowed just 10 homers all year long on his way to the NL Cy Young Award.
The NL Central-leading Cubs had won seven of 10 after a midseason slide, and they bolstered their already solid bullpen with the acquisition of the hard-throwing Chapman in a trade with the Yankees on Monday. The left-hander is expected to join the Cubs for Tuesday night's game against the White Sox.
''When you make a maneuver like this, it's got to be obvious that it's going to be very helpful,'' manager Joe Maddon said, ''and it's very obvious that this will be.''
Chasing their first World Series title since 1908, the Cubs sent top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, versatile pitcher Adam Warren and minor league outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford to New York for Chapman, who has 166 saves and a 2.16 ERA in seven years in the majors.
''It's an aggressive move,'' president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. ''It was tough to give up what we gave up, but if not now, when? This is the appropriate move given where we are and what we're trying to accomplish.''
While Chapman gives Chicago a shutdown reliever for its bullpen, the Cubs are still looking for Arrieta to get back on track. He pitched seven crisp innings against the Mets in his previous start, but allowed four runs in six innings against the White Sox and has just one win in his last six outings.
Gonzalez struck out eight and was charged with two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, but departed with a no-decision after the Cubs rallied in the ninth.
White Sox closer David Robertson, who had pitched three times in two days, was unavailable.
White Sox ace Chris Sale will start on Thursday at Wrigley Field in his first appearance since he was suspended for five days for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear. The 27-year-old Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against Detroit and sent home after he cut up an unknown number of jerseys before the game. The 1976-style jerseys were navy and sported unusual collars on a hot and humid night.
Cubs: SS Addison Russell was in the starting lineup a day after he departed Chicago's 6-5 victory at Milwaukee with a left heel contusion.
White Sox: 2B Brett Lawrie (strained left hamstring) missed his fourth consecutive game, but manager Robin Ventura said he was available in an emergency. … LHP Carlos Rodon (sprained left wrist) allowed two earned runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte. He also had a throwing error.
Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-6, 2.27 ERA) looks to continue his breakout year on Tuesday night against White Sox RHP James Shields (4-12, 4.99 ERA). Hendricks is 5-0 with a sparkling 0.72 ERA in his last seven games, six starts. Shields has dropped each of his last three starts, but has a 2.08 ERA in 21 2/3 innings during the slide.
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