Beckham’s single lifts White Sox to 4-3 win over Reds
CHICAGO (AP) — Gordon Beckham hit a game-winning single against Aroldis Chapman in the ninth as the Chicago White Sox beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Sunday.
Chapman (0-1) got the first two outs of the inning, then gave up back-to-back singles to Avisal Garcia and Alexei Ramirez. They advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, then on a 2-2 pitch Beckham singled to center to end the game, breaking the tie.
It was Chapman’s first earned run of the season in 12 2-3 innings.
White Sox closer David Robertson (3-0) couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead in the ninth. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning to Devin Mesoraco and Bryan Pena. After a pass ball by Geovany Soto to advance the runners to second and third Zack Cozart doubled down the left-field line to tie the game. It was Robertson’s first blown save of the season in six chances.
Danks had his best start of the season. He allowed one run on six hits with four strikeouts, while pitching around three walks in the no-decision. It was his longest outing of the season.
The White Sox won two of three games in the interleague series against the Reds, and rebounded from an 0-5 road trip by finishing the homestand with a 4-2 record.
The White Sox broke a one-all tie in the seventh inning. Reds reliever Tony Cingrani walked Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche to lead off the inning. They advanced to second and third on Garcia’s warning-track fly out. Ramirez gave the White Sox the lead by driving in Abreu on fly out to right.
In his third career start, Michael Lorenzen pitched five innings and scattered seven hits while allowing one run in the no-decision.
In the second inning, Emilio Bonifacio hit a two-out single to drive in Tyler Flowers and give the White Sox a 1-0 lead.
Mesoraco, who has been limited throughout the season with a hip injury, tripled in the fourth inning after center fielder J.B. Shuck misjudged a fly ball. Shuck leaped against the wall in center as the ball landed a couple feet to his left. Brandon Phillips scored on the hit.
The White Sox failed to score in the fourth inning despite having the bases loaded with no outs. Abreu grounded into an inning ending double play. Joey Votto made a nice stop and threw to Cozart for the out at second, and Lorenzen got to first in time to finish the play.
Bonifacio gave the White Sox an insurance run in the eighth inning on an RBI ground out.
Reds: Mike Leake (2-1) is scheduled to make his seventh start of the season against the Braves on Monday. Opponents are hitting .182 against the right-hander. Leake has a 16 inning scoreless streak.
White Sox: Jeff Samardzija (2-2) concludes his five-game suspension on Sunday for his actions in a brawl against the Royals. He is scheduled to start against the Brewers on Monday.
White Sox: Hector Noesi, who exited his start in the second inning of Saturday’s loss to the Reds after getting in hit in the right hip by a line drive, is day-to-day. White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn’t rule out Noesi being available out of the bullpen on Sunday if needed.
Reds leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton was 7 for 40 during the 10-game road trip. He was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts on Sunday.
BACK ON THE ROAD
After a three-game interleague series in Milwaukee, Chicago travels to Oakland to cap off a seven-day road trip. The White Sox are 2-11 on the road.