Zach McKinstry scored the home side in a three-round seventh as the Detroit Tigers regrouped to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Saturday.
McKinstry won 3 to 4 with a sacrificial flight and has hit the 19-time mark in the last seven games.
The Tigers took a 3-2 lead at the end of the seventh inning, but McKinstry ended the game with a winning header against Joe Kelly (1-3), and Riley Greene’s back-to-back doubles. and Spencer Torkelson gave Detroit a 4-3 lead.
McKinstry, who played with Kelly with the Dodgers in the 2020-21 season, said: “I faced an old teammate at Joe, I had a good pitch and drove it up into the stands. “Our offense is getting really loud right now.”
Torkelson took third on a wild pitch and Eric Haase punched a ball through the stretched area to make it 5-3.
“Joe has been basically unbeatable for the past few weeks, but no one is perfect every day,” said White Sox manager Pedro Grifol. “He doesn’t have his place today, but I will confidently serve him tomorrow.”
Zack Short hit a two-run homer to make it 7-3 in the eighth round.
“It was a situation where we gave up three times early in the half, but we came back right away to win it back,” said Tigers manager AJ Hinch. “Obviously there was some frustration, but (McKinstry) solved that with a homer and then we did a really good job hitting the last two innings.”
Tigers starter Michael Lorenzen pulled back the first 17 hitters before Romy Gonzalez put in a clean singles game in midfield with two goals conceded in the sixth inning.
“I’ve had a couple of games this year where my mistakes led to a run home,” Lorenzen said. Today, my mistakes turned into flying stunts. “That’s how I throw the ball. I will attack the attacking area and trust my defence.”
However, Chicago took the lead in seventh place.
Lorenzen walked away with a 2-0 lead and two goals conceded in the seventh inning. Jake Burger finished first due to a mistake loading bases, and Gavin Sheets followed with a triple-double against Jason Foley.
“We caught the first two, but then there was nothing we could do about the next two,” said Grifo. “But Burger went down the line and made a bad throw-in and then Sheets had a great two shots against a good pitcher.”
McKinstry ended the game with his homer solo knocking out Kelly at the end of the round. Greene and Torkelson followed with doubles.
Foley (3-1) won. Lorenzo gave up two hits and two runs, both unsuccessfully, in 6 2/3 innings.
The Tigers took the lead with two beating White Sox starter Jesse Scholtens on the second turn.
With one debut, Akil Baddoo doubled the lead, scoring on Jonathan Schoop’s internal single and Andy Ibanez’s RBI single. Scholtens walked with Zack Short to load the bases, and McKinstry made it 2-0 with a sacrificial flight.
Scholtens allows four hits and two runs in 4 2/3 rounds.
WOMEN TRAINING ROOM
White Sox: Eloy Jimenez’s (appendectomy) could return to the squad as soon as Sunday. … RP Liam Hendriks (cancer) threw BP live on Friday and could be activated next week.
The Tigers: Kerry Carpenter’s (as) won 0-3 as DH in his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Toledo on Friday. Carpenter has yet to return to the playing field.
The teams finished a four-game series on Sunday, with Detroit ace Eduardo Rodriguez (4-4, 2.19) facing Chicago’s Dylan Cease (3-3, 4.60). Finished 10-1 with an ERA of 1.72 in 13 career starts against the Tigers.