Tim Anderson helped turn José Abreu’s three-run homer into a two-run single when he tagged up at first and was passed on the bases, then hit a winning home run in the ninth that capped a comeback from a seven-run deficit and gave the Chicago White Sox a 12-11 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
After trailing 9-2 in the fifth, the White Sox closed to 10-9 with a five-run sixth off Zac Reininger that included home runs by José Rondón and Abreu.
With two on and one out in the seventh, Abreu hit a drive off Reed Garrett that just cleared the wall in left-center for an apparent 12-10 lead. But Anderson tagged up and first and Abreu passed him, and after a video review Abreu was called out and the lead was reduced to 11-10.
Ronny Rodríguez hit a tying home run in the eighth off Kelvin Herrera, and Anderson went deep with two outs in the ninth against Joe Jiménez (1-1) for Chicago’s 21st hit.
Anderson and Abreu had four hits each, and Abreu homered and had four RBIs.
Alex Colome (1-0) pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth for the win.
Miguel Cabrera had four hits, including his first home run since last April 28.
Nicholas Castellanos connected for the second time in two games, and Grayson Greiner and JaCoby Jones also homered to stake Daniel Norris to a big early lead/
Yonder Alonso also homered for the White Sox, who got a scare when rookie Eloy Jiménez left in the third inning with a sprained right ankle.
Jiménez, one of baseball’s top prospects, jumped into the wall in left while trying to catch Greiner’s two-run drive off Chicago starter Carlos Rodón. Jiménez’s right foot appeared to get caught in the padding on the wall and he crumpled onto the warning track.
The 22-year-old remained down for a couple minutes, then walked off the field with a trainer. X-rays were negative and the team said Jiménez will have an MRI on Saturday.
The White Sox designated struggling RHP Ervin Santana for assignment and inserted lefty Manny Bañuelos in his rotation spot.
Santana, a two-time All-Star, was 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in three starts after his contract was selected from Triple-A Charlotte on April 9. The White Sox signed him to a minor league deal in February that called for a $4.3 million salary while in the major leagues.
The 28-year-old Bañuelos is 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA in five appearances and 14 2/3 innings this season.
Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann is expected to be sidelined for up to a month because of a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. Zimmermann won’t be allowed to throw for five to seven days, then will begin rehabbing. The righty had an MRI in Chicago on Friday that revealed damage to the ligament.. . Detroit recalled RHP Reininger from Triple-A Toledo before Friday’s game to take the roster spot. … INF Jordy Mercer (right quadriceps strain) is expected to rejoin the Tigers on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito, out since April 17 with a left hamstring strain, threw in the bullpen on Friday and is expected to return during Chicago’s homestand, which ends May 5. … Chicago reinstated Jiménez from the bereavement list. He had returned home to the Dominican Republic following the death of his grandmother.
Detroit LHP Ryan Carpenter will face Chicago RHP Reynaldo López (1-3) on Saturday night. Carpenter will make his first 2019 big league appearance after going 0-3 with a 6.30 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Toledo.