Kopech earns first MLB win as White Sox beat Tigers 7-2
DETROIT — Michael Kopech pitched six impressive innings for his first major league win and the Chicago White Sox scored four runs in the third on their way to a 7-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Kopech (1-0) allowed a run and seven hits in his second career start. The highly touted right-hander was limited to two scoreless innings when it rained in his debut Tuesday against Minnesota. He threw 86 pitches Sunday, finishing with four strikeouts and no walks.
Daniel Palka homered for Chicago, and Ronny Rodriguez went deep for Detroit.
Jace Fry came on in the ninth for the White Sox with the bases loaded and one out, and he retired the final two batters for his third save.
Jordan Zimmermann (6-6) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings for the Tigers, who retired Alan Trammell’s No. 3 in a pregame ceremony that delayed the start of the game for almost a half-hour.
Kopech’s first few days in the majors included an apology from the rookie after racist and homophobic tweets of his surfaced from 2013. He told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday that things he said were “immature and inappropriate.”
Kopech took the mound Sunday and shut out the Tigers for the first five innings. He hit two batters in the fourth but retired Rodriguez on a fly to center with the bases loaded to end the threat.
Zimmermann yielded two straight singles to start the third. He nearly got out of the inning after Yolmer Sanchez lined into a double play, but Tim Anderson followed with a double and Avisail Garcia hit a two-run single.
Palka then lined a two-run shot just fair down the line in right to make it 4-0. It was his 19th homer of the year.
Yoan Moncada hit an RBI triple in the sixth before the Tigers finally scored in the bottom of the inning. Victor Martinez hit an RBI double, and Rodriguez again came up with the bases loaded, this time with one out. The count went to 3-0 before Rodriguez took a strike and hit the next pitch on the ground for a double play.
Rodriguez did hit a solo homer in the ninth.
The White Sox have won nine of their last 12.