CHICAGO (AP) — José Abreu homered again, Dallas Keuchel followed Lucas Giolito’s no-hitter with six dominant innings, and the surging Chicago White Sox pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-3 on Wednesday for their ninth win in 10 games.
Abreu’s 12th home run and seventh in five games, a two-run shot in the seventh, was Chicago’s fourth of the game and broke it open. Eloy Jiménez slugged a three-run homer, Danny Mendick lined a two-run drive and Edwin Encarnacion added a solo shot for Chicago, which leads the AL with 60 home runs.
Yoán Moncada doubled twice and Luis Robert and Nomar Mazara had RBIs.
Keuchel (5-2) allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven in his third straight win. The veteran left-hander worked briskly in a quick turnaround on a warm afternoon after Giolito shut down Pittsburgh 4-0 in the first no-hitter of the pandemic-delayed year on Tuesday night.
Erik González hit a solo shot off reliever Zack Burdi and Jacob Stallings drove in the Pirates’ two runs off Keuchel with a single in the sixth. Pittsburgh has lost two straight following a three-game winning streak to drop to 7-19, the worst record in the majors.
Cole Tucker had two of the Pirates six hits. If it weren’t for the Pirates speedy leadoff man, Keuchel might have rivaled Giolito’s drama against light-hitting Pittsburgh until his pitch count started climbing on a warm afternoon and he issued three walks and allowed two runs in the sixth.
Three White Sox relievers finished with three innings of one-run, two-hit ball.
Tucker lined Keuchel’s first pitch up the middle for a single. But Keuchel retired the next eight before Tucker sprinted out an infield single with two outs in the third. The lefty set down 14 of 15 in one stretch before José Osuna lined a single with two outs in the fifth.
Trevor Williams (1-5) allowed a season-high eight runs and nine hits through six innings.
The White Sox took a 4-0 lead in the second. Robert’s sac fly and Mazara’s single plated the first two runs before Mendick homered. Right fielder Gregory Polanco jumped and got a glove on Mendick’s drive but couldn’t hold on and the ball fell into the visitor’s bullpen.
Encarncion added his fifth homer, a drive to left, in the fourth to make it 5-0. Jiménez’s shot to right in the fifth upped Chicago’s lead to 8-0.
After the Pirates got to Keuchel for two runs in the sixth, Abreu homered to left off Tyler Bashlor in the seventh.
Pirates: IF Colin Moran remained out with concussion symptoms. It’s not known when he’ll return. … RHP Kyle Crick (right shoulder sprain) tossed a live batting practice session on Wednesday.
White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez started in left field after twisting his ankle near the mound in Tuesday night’s postgame celebration of Giolito’s no-hitter.
Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-1, 2.84). and RHP Cody Ponce. (0-1, 5.40) start on Thursday in a doubleheader in St. Louis. The Cardinals counter with LHP Kwan Hyun Kim (0-1, 1.69) and RHP John Oviedo (0-0, 3.60)
White Sox: Off on Thursday. RHP Reynaldo Lopez. (0-1, 13.50) starts on Friday in the opener of a series against Kansas City. The Royals hadn’t yet named a starter.
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