CHICAGO (AP) – Tim Anderson went in the rain and drove three races in the rain, and on Wednesday night, the Chicago White Sox defeated Robbie Ray and the Seattle Mariners 6-4.
Eloy Jimenez and Louis Robert also joined in, helping Chicago win for the fourth time in a row after a dramatic defeat in Detroit on opening day. Dallas Keichel made five innings of three-ball wounds in his first start of the year.
The White Sox have been badly injured this season and have lost two more players in their second home game. Jimenez left in the fifth with a contusion of his left ankle, and the second from base Josh Harrison left after seven innings due to stiffness of the lower back.
Ray (1-1) was charged with six runs and 10 strokes in 6 1/3 innings in his first loss with the new team. Last year from Toronto, he won the AL Cy Young Award, and in November agreed to a five-year contract with Seattle for $ 115 million.
Ty France Homered and went in two runs for the Sailors, who lost their fourth game in a row.
Chicago held ahead with a score of 4-3 when Adam Engel picked up Jesse Winker, who brought Homer to sixth place by jumping over the wall to the right. White Sox gunman Kyle Creek raised his hands in celebration after Engel fell with the ball.
Anderson and Robert then hit Homers back to back in the seventh, while Liam Hendrix worked ninth for his second save. Hendrix passed the RBI single to JP Crawford before closing it.
The start of the game was postponed for 47 minutes, most of the night it was raining. The crew spent almost as much time on the field as the players.
It really picked up with Ray on the mound in the second, and the White Sox took advantage.
Jimenez led with a deep drive to the left to make his first extra shot of the season. Jake Burger singled out Andrew Vaughn with one exit, and Anderson made it 4-1, making a double twice.
Keichel (1-0) had to deal with increased rain in the fifth, and the Blue Jays pushed through two tracks to pull out one.
Crawford slipped safely home when Kechel picked up dribbler Dylan Moore and sent a high somersault to Yasmani Grandal on a plate. France had a productive result, but Keichel limited the damage by sending Mitch Huniger into retirement as a result of a pop-up foul for the final.
Sailors: RHP Sergio Roma was on the list of injured for 10 days with shoulder inflammation. The move came in retrospect Tuesday, a day after the alternative made a zero serve in Minnesota in its 800th Premier League appearance. RHP Matt Koch was promoted from Triple-A Tacoma, and RHP Casey Sadler (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injury list.
White Sox: RHP Lance Lynn said he is ahead of a planned recovery after right knee surgery. “But we’ll see how it goes, because there’s still a lot of work to be done,” he said. Lynn underwent surgery this month and is expected to be suspended for four to six weeks.
Right-hander Logan Gilbert and Jimmy Lambert start the series final on Thursday. Gilbert (0-0, 1.80 ERA) made five effective innings in Seattle’s Minnesota win 4-3 on Saturday. Lambert is making his first appearance for Chicago this year and his fourth start in the majors.