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White Sox cycle six pitchers before rain suspension


The Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia hits a home run in the fourth inning of their game against the Detroit Tigers at US Cellular Field in Chicago on Saturday.

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With ace Chris Sale scratched following a clubhouse incident, the White Sox on Saturday night used six pitchers before their game against the Detroit Tigers was suspended by rain after eight innings tied at 3-3.

The game, interrupted three times by thunderstorms, was scheduled to resume yesterday before the final contest of the series.

Sale, who was to attempt to become the majors’ first 15-game winner, was sent home after what the team called a “nonphysical” incident before the game. FanRag Sports and other outlets reported an upset Sale destroyed collared throwback jerseys the team was scheduled to wear.

Justin Upton homered for the Tigers and Avisail Garcia hit his first homer since May 28 for the White Sox. The Tigers tied it in the eighth on Nick Castellanos’ single off Nate Jones that scored Cameron Maybin, who reached on Jones’ error.

David Robertson came in to get the final out in a pouring rain before the umpires called for the tarp. The game was suspended 45 minutes later.


In St Louis, Adrian Gonzalez hit his eighth homer and red-hot Justin Turner got two more RBIs as Los Angeles beat St Louis to end the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak.

Turner’s two-run double capped a four-run third. He has 14 RBIs since the All-Star break.

Gonzalez’s 429-foot solo blast to center sparked a three-run sixth.

Kenta Maeda (9-7) rebounded from a poor outing against Arizona on July 17, giving up two runs over 5-2/3 innings. Only one of the Cardinals’ first 15 batters was able to hit the ball out of the infield against the Japanese right-hander.

Andrew Toles went three for four and scored once for the Dodgers. He has reached safely in nine of 10 games since being called up from the minors.

Mike Leake (7-8) allowed seven runs — six earned — in six innings.

Aledmys Diaz reached safely for a 26th consecutive game with a first-inning single. Diaz’s streak is the second-longest by a Cardinals rookie since Albert Pujols had streaks of 30 and 48 games in 2001.


In New York, Mac Williamson homered in the fifth inning and hit a tiebreaking single in the 12th, lifting San Francisco past New York for the Giants’ first victory since the All-Star break.

NL West-leading San Francisco had lost a season-high six straight games and had held just one lead since the break — when Buster Posey hit a go-ahead home run leading off the 10th inning at San Diego on July 16, only to have the Padres rally for a pair of runs in the bottom half against Santiago Casilla.

Williamson, whose fourth-inning error allowed the Yankees’ run, began the comeback when he connected off Ivan Nova leading off the fifth.

Trevor Brown hit an opposite-field double to right off Anthony Swarzak (1-1) leading off the 12th, and Williamson singled up the middle with one out, just past the glove of diving shortstop Didi Gregorius.

San Francisco were zero for 10 with runners in scoring position, dropping to seven for 64 (.111) since the All-Star break, before Williamson’s single.

Cheered on by hundreds of orange-clad fans in the Giants’ old hometown, San Francisco escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 10th when Casilla (2-3) retired Brian McCann on a shallow flyout and Starlin Castro on a foulout.

Hunter Strickland pitched a perfect 12th for his second save.

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