CHICAGO (AP) — Trea Turner homered in the second straight game, Aníbal Sánchez pitched into the seventh and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago White Sox 12-1 on Monday night.
The game had a scary moment when a woman was struck by a foul ball off the bat of White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez. He hit a hard liner into the stands in the fourth inning just beyond Chicago’s dugout on the third base side. The woman was sitting several rows from the field. She was bleeding around the head area, and was covered with a towel.
She walked up toward the concourse with assistance of stadium personnel. The team said she was taken to a hospital for evaluation. She was alert and communicative.
Jimenez put his hands on his helmet after seeing the ball go into the stands. Protective netting at Guaranteed Rate Field extends to the end of the dugouts.
Turner tripled and scored in the third, went deep against Odrisamer Despaigne leading off the fifth and added an RBI double in the seventh. He also struck out leading off the game and in the eighth and popped out in the ninth.
Sánchez (2-6) gave up one run and four hits. He left after James McCann singled leading off the seventh.
Adam Eaton had three hits, including an RBI single, in his first game at Guaranteed Rate Field since Chicago traded him to Washington at the 2016 winter meetings. Kurt Suzuki added a grand slam during a six-run ninth and had five RBIs to help the Nationals win for the 12th time in 16 games.
Leury García hit a solo homer for Chicago in the sixth inning. Yoán Moncada left the game in the seventh with upper back tightness.
Despaigne (0-1) went six innings in his first major league appearance since a relief outing for the Los Angeles Angels against Oakland last Sept. 30. The 32-year-old right-hander allowed three runs and seven hits after the White Sox purchased his contract from Triple-A Charlotte. But the White Sox fell short after winning eight of 12.
Washington got a run in the second on Suzuki’s sacrifice fly and another in the third when Eaton followed Turner’s leadoff triple with a bloop single.
Part of the procession in Sunday’s win at San Diego when Washington hit four consecutive homers, Turner made it 3-0 when he drove a 2-1 fastball out to left leading off the fifth.
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