Javier Baez belted a three-run homer and Harold Castro also drove in three runs to fuel the visiting Detroit Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
Riley Greene had an RBI single in the seventh inning to match Baez and Castro with three hits for the Tigers (59-92), who have won four of their last five games.
Drew Hutchison (3-9) allowed two runs on four hits in five innings to notch his first win since Aug. 28.
Eloy Jimenez and Gavin Sheets hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning for the White Sox (76-76), who have lost five games in a row.
Prior to the game, Chicago announced Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa will not return to the dugout this season. Doctors advised La Russa against returning after the 77-year-old underwent additional testing and medical procedures. La Russa has been out since Aug. 28 with a heart ailment.
With the score tied at 2-2, Greene had a one-out single off rookie Davis Martin (2-5) in the fifth inning and advanced to third base on Baez’s single. Greene came around to score on Castro’s bloop single just inside the left-field line.
Greene’s RBI single to center field plated Tucker Barnhart to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning. Baez stepped to the plate and deposited a 2-1 fastball from Jake Diekman over the wall in center for his team-leading 15th homer of the season.
Detroit bolted out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning for the second straight day.
Greene singled before Castro came up two batters later and sent a first-pitch fastball from Martin over the wall in right field. Castro’s homer was his seventh of the season and second against the White Sox.
Jimenez and Sheets each belted their respective 15th homers of the season to forge a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning. Jimenez sent a 2-1 sinker from Hutchison over the wall in left field, while Sheets hit a first-pitch slider over the wall in right.
–Field Level Media