CHICAGO (AP) — Jake McCarthy had a career-high four hits, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the fading Chicago White Sox 10-5 on Saturday night.
Geraldo Perdomo and Carson Kelly each had three RBIs as fourth-place Arizona handed Chicago its eighth loss in 10 games. The reigning AL Central champions dropped one game below .500 at 63-64.
Merrill Kelly surrendered Gavin Sheets’ three-run homer in the first, but allowed just one run over the next 6 1/3 innings in his first win since July 25. Kelly (11-5) yielded five hits and struck out seven while stopping a string of five straight no-decisions.
Emmanuel Rivera, Ketel Marté and Alek Thomas each drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who won their second straight on the South Side.
Pérez had a memorable night in his second major league game and first start behind the plate.
The 25-year-old from Venezuela singled for his first hit in the second. In the top of the inning, he was charged with interference with Daulton Varsho at the plate, and he had a costly passed ball.
In the third, Pérez got crossed up with third baseman Leury García on Varsho’s infield popup. The ball dropped for a double.
Pérez made his big league debut Friday as a pinch hitter in the ninth.
LA RUSSA’S OK WITH JOSÉ
Don’t blame 77-year-old Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa for Chicago’s sour season, says three-time All-Star and 2020 AL MVP Abreu.
“Everybody knows how the old guy is and what he represents,” Abreu said through a translator before Saturday’s game. “We all love him. His sense of unity and his sense of family is something that is around us, is around this team.”
The White Sox placed Lance Lynn on the bereavement list. The 35-year-old righty is 3-5 with a 5.00 ERA in 14 starts after returning from left knee surgery, but is 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five outings.
White Sox: Placed 3B Yoán Moncada on the 10-day IL with a strained left hamstring. Moncada, who has been limited to 80 games this season, suffered his most recent injury Thursday in Baltimore. … Reinstated INF/OF García from from the 10-day injured list and started him at third. … CF Luis Robert (left wrist sprain) was held out of the lineup again because of difficulty in swinging a bat. … LH reliever Aaron Bummer (strained lat left) threw a 20-pitch simulated game on Saturday. Bummer, who hasn’t pitched since June 7, expects to go on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte in the next few days.
Arizona right-hander Zach Davies (2-4, 3.86 ERA) faces Chicago ace Dylan Cease (12-6, 2.27 ERA) on Sunday.