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White Sox Double Up Tigers

In a game heard on WHOW, left fielder Robbie Grossman dropped Luis Robert's short fly with two outs in the eighth to end his record errorless streak at 440 games and set up two unearned Chicago runs that snapped a tie, lifting the White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

 

Robert reached second when Grossman raced in and the ball bounced off his glove and fell in. The 32-year-old outfielder hadn't made an error since June 13, 2018, while with Minnesota, setting a major league record for a position player.

 

After Jose Abreu was intentionally walked, pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock hit a tiebreaking two-out RBI single that got past the reach of second baseman Jonathan Schoop to score Robert from second and put Chicago ahead 3-2. Eloy Jimenez followed with an RBI single to make it 4-2.

 

Both hits were off All-Star reliever Gregory Soto and lifted Chicago to its second straight win.

 

Gavin Sheets homered and had two hits for the second straight game. His solo shot in the sixth tied it at 2. Yoan Moncada had an RBI single in the fifth.

 

Javier Baez hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who dropped their second straight following a six-game winning streak.

 

Kendall Graveman (3-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Liam Hendriks tossed a perfect ninth for his 17th save.

 

Michael Fulmer (2-3) took the loss.

 

Baez played his first seven-plus seasons with the crosstown Cubs and was booed by South Side fans before each plate appearance. The shortstop took his time leaving the batter's box when he went deep in the first and watched his ninth homer sail into the left field bullpen.

 

Chicago starter Michael Kopech settled in after Baez's blast and allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

 

Detroit spot starter Drew Hutchison allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, his longest outing since July 7, 2016.

 

Kopech's first five pitches missed the strike zone. The right-hander's sixth might have been high and inside, but the free-swinging Baez turned on it for a 2-0 Detroit lead.

 

Moncada's RBI single in the fifth cut it to 2-1. Sheets homered to right-center on Hutchison's full-count pitch with two outs in the sixth to tie it.

 

White Sox Shortstop Tim Anderson, a starter for the AL in the All-Star Game, got the day off. Leury Garcia took his place in the lineup. Manager Tony La Russa said Anderson will get another day off before the break ''because he's very active on his legs'' in playing his position. 

 

Jimenez started in left on Sunday after getting Saturday off as he works his way back from surgery for a hamstring tendon tear.

 

Lance Lynn (1-1, 5.33) takes the mound Monday at Cleveland as Chicago opens an eight-game road trip against the Indians and Twins, the AL Central rivals it hopes to catch in the division.

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