Kopech dominant, fans 10 in 5 innings, White Sox sweep Texas

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CHICAGO — Michael Kopech struck out a career-high 10 in just five innings, José Abreu homered and drove in three runs and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 Sunday for their season-high fourth straight win.

Kopech (2-0), making his second spot start in a week while pitching out of the bullpen, continued to impress after missing the 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and the 2020 season for personal reasons.

Kopech, who resides about 100 miles from Dallas in Tyler, Texas, overpowered Rangers hitters with his 97 mph fastball.

The 24-year-old right-hander allowed one run, on a homer by David Dahl, and four hits without allowing a walk in a career-high 87 pitches.

Kopech filled in for ace Lucas Giolito, who cut his finger while opening a bottle. Giolito had his start pushed back to Tuesday against the Tigers.

Abreu hit a two-run homer, the fifth of the year for the reigning AL MVP, in the first off Kohei Arihara (2-2). Arihara, who entered the game with a streak of 12 1-3 scoreless innings, laboured through the first inning throwing 40 pitches.

Adam Eaton hit an RBI triple and scored on Abreu's sacrifice fly in the second.

One night after getting the game-winning hit, Nick Madrigal hit a two-run triple in the third and later scored on Eaton's safety squeeze bunt to make it 8-1.

Zack Collins added a career-high three hits as Chicago completed a three-game sweep.

Jonathan Stiever, called up before the game by the White Sox, was tagged for three runs on four hits without recording an out in the sixth.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three hits for Rangers, who have lost four of their last five games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: Before the game, RHP Kyle Cody was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive April 24 with right shoulder inflammation. He took the loss Saturday night in the longest relief appearance of his career (three innings). He was 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in seven relief appearances. RHP Josh Sborz, who was on the taxi squad, took Cody's spot on the roster. He is 1-1 with 7.20 ERA in six relief appearances for the Rangers this season. Sborz pitched two scoreless innings in Sunday's game.

White Sox: The White Sox optioned INF Danny Mendick to Schaumburg to make room for Stiever. White Sox manager Tony La Russa needed more pitching depth with the absence of Evan Marshall on Sunday. Marshall travelled to Arizona for a friend's funeral.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Jordan Lyles (1-1, 4.64 ERA) is scheduled to pitch Monday’s series opener against the Angels as the Rangers begin a seven-game homestand. Lyles will be making his second start in less than a week against the Angels. In Tuesday's loss, he allowed three runs on five hits in six innings.

White Sox: Giolito (1-1, 5.79 ERA) who was pushed back from his scheduled start Sunday, due to a cut on his middle finger is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Tigers. He was injured trying to open a bottle.

“I thought that a glass water bottle I had the twist off, and it wasn’t twist off,” he said.

He allowed eight runs — seven earned — in a career-low one inning Monday against Boston.

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Patrick Rose, The Associated Press