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Eloy Jiménez powers White Sox to 7-5 win over Nationals

CHICAGO — Welington Castillo hit a grand slam and top rookie Eloy Jiménez homered at home for the first time, powering the Chicago White Sox to a 7-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

Castillo got his second career slam, with the other coming June 14, 2017, in the same ballpark when he played for the Baltimore Orioles.

Jiménez went 2 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs. He drove a 1-1 pitch from Washington starter Patrick Corbin (5-5) over the batter’s eye in center and onto the concourse for an estimated distance of 462 feet. The 22-year-old came into the game hitting .266 with no homers and three RBIs in 18 home games and .205 with eight homers and 14 RBIs in 23 road games.

Anthony Rendon homered twice for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game winning streak.

Reliever Evan Marshall (1-0) retired all four batters he faced to get the win. Marshall replaced starter Manny Bañuelos with two outs and two on in the fifth and got Howie Kendrick to line out to third.

Alex Colomé got the final five outs — working out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth — for his 14th save in 14 chances.

Rendon’s two-run shot with one out in the first gave the Nationals a quick 2-0 lead.

Chicago answered in the bottom half of the inning. José Abreu doubled off the wall with two outs and James McCann and Jiménez followed with walks to load the bases. Castillo then drove a 2-0 fastball from Corbin over the wall in center for a 4-2 lead.

Corbin retired the next seven batters before Jiménez led off the fourth with his long homer to make it 5-2.

In the sixth, Jiménez chased Corbin with an RBI double for a 6-2 lead. Yolmer Sanchez then drove in Jiménez with an RBI single to make it 7-2.

Washington pulled within three in the eighth on a two-run double by Yan Gomes off reliever Aaron Bummer. Later in the inning, the Nationals loaded the bases with two outs, but Colomé got Adam Eaton to fly out to center.

Rendon led off the ninth with his second homer to cap the scoring.


Nationals: 1B Matt Adams sat out with a left oblique strain suffered on a check swing Monday, but manager Dave Martinez is optimistic Adams will just miss the one game. “He’s a lot better than we anticipated,” Martinez said.

White Sox: 3B Yoán Moncada was out of the lineup after leaving Monday’s game after the sixth inning. He’s listed as day-to-day with a mild mid lat-back strain. “He’s doing better today,” manager Rick Renteria said. “We’ll continue to monitor him. We have a day off tomorrow and we’ll reevaluate him on Thursday.”

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