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Guardians Double Up White Sox

In a game heard on WHOW, Nolan Jones drove in four runs in his first game at Progressive Field, leading Cleveland to an 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series between the AL Central rivals.

 

A 24-year-old outfielder with a sweet left-handed swing, Jones hit a two-run single in the first inning off Lance Lynn (1-2). He then chased the right-hander by driving home two more runs with a double in the fifth.

 

Jones is batting .538 (7 for 13) with a homer - a 457-footer that splashed into Kansas City's famous fountains on Saturday - and eight RBIs in four games since coming up from Triple-A Columbus.

 

Back from a 1-6 road trip to Detroit and Kansas City, the Guardians staked Cal Quantrill (5-5) to a five-run lead in the first and moved back to .500 (42-42).

 

Yoan Moncada hit a three-run homer as the White Sox began an eight-game trip leading into the All-Star break.

 

Jones, who has climbed through Cleveland's organization since being drafted in 2016, came to the plate with the bases loaded for his first at-bat. He then delivered a broken-bat single as the Guardians scored five times off Lynn - all with two outs - in the first.

 

Cleveland's big inning was triggered by Josh Naylor hustling down the line to beat out an infield single with two down. Franmil Reyes followed with an RBI single and Andres Gimenez walked before Jones, who was called up from the minors on Friday in Kansas City, blooped his single to center to make it 3-0.

 

Two batters later, Myles Straw brought in two more runs with a single off Lynn, who settled down but only lasted four innings.

 

In the fifth, Reyes singled and Gimenez, a first-time All-Star, was hit by a pitch before Jones ripped his double to right-center. Straw followed with a hard comebacker that struck reliever Matt Foster and caromed into right field for an RBI.

 

The Guardians play their seventh doubleheader at home - and fourth overall since June 28 - on Tuesday. RHP Shane Bieber (3-5, 3.44 ERA) starts the first game for Cleveland against Davis Martin (1-2, 4.29 ERA). Rookie Konnor Pilkington (1-1, 4.08 ERA) goes in the nightcap against White Sox RHP Dylan Cease (7-4, 2.45 ERA).

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