White Sox end 9-game slide with 3-1 win over Cubs

Lynette Rowe
July 26, 2017

I'm sure the White Sox will remember this the next time he toes the rubber against them.

That it came at Wrigley Field against the Cubs made it a little sweeter. After the game at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, the White Sox and Cubs move across town for games Wednesday and Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

"It didn't go the way I wanted it to go", he said. "We've been looking for a victory and looking for our (starter) to give us a little length and he did".

White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez (5-9) worked 7 1/3 innings to get the win and end a four-game losing streak. Justin Grimm (1-1) worked 1 2/3 innings and took the loss.

Engel gave the White Sox a 2-1 lead in the sixth with a one-out, first-pitch solo homer off Grimm.

Bizarrely, Rodon was also the only man giving the Sox any offense today, hitting a two-RBI double deep off the ivy that cut into the Cubs' lead. The loss dropped the Cubs one-half game behind first-place Milwaukee in the National League Central and marked only their second defeat in 10 contests since the All-Star break.

The White Sox center fielder then caught one 5 feet in front of the wall in the seventh to help preserve his team's 3-1 victory against the Cubs and put to rest its nine-game losing streak.

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The 27-year-old was 16-8 with a major league-best 2.13 ERA last season and his return is one key to the defending World Series champions' rotation down the stretch.

Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is starting on Tuesday versus the Chicago White Sox.

Rodon exited after throwing 98 pitches.

Hendricks said he felt fine physically, but was out of sync. "I've just got to get back that fastball command, be more aggressive with less pitch count". "It's a good outing to build off of". The only imperfect out came when Albert Almora Jr. hit a fly ball to right field in the third.

"It took a long time, and it's nice that I went in there and got it done", Swarzak said. Cubs batters left 12 runners stranded, including two in the bottom of the ninth, when Willson Contreras was called out on strikes to end the game. Maddon credited Gonzalez for his craftiness. It was Bryant's third strikeout of the day, all coming with runners in scoring position.

Gonzalez's start was his second after missing almost a month with right shoulder inflammation. As of the eighth inning, those are still the Sox's only runs on the board.

The White Sox had Engel perched at third with two outs in the second inning after a Smith single, but the threat fizzled as Gonzalez grounded to third.

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