Palka, Engel hit back-back HRs as White Sox beat Brewers 6-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Palka and Adam Engel hit back-to-back homers in a three-run sixth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 on Sunday.
The NL Central-leading Brewers dropped two of three against the team with the second-worst record in the majors after winning six straight series. They are also 4-14 in their past 18 games against Chicago.
Palka, batting for Jose Rondon with one out in the sixth, broke a 1-1 tie with a long two-run drive to right against Matt Albers.
Engel made it 4-1 two pitches later with a drive off the top of the center-field wall, just beyond a leaping Lorenzo Cain. Engel and Jose Abreu each had RBI doubles in a two-run eighth, and the White Sox came away with the win after dropping five of six.
Chicago's Dylan Covey and Milwaukee's Brent Suter (5-4) each went five-plus innings.
Covey gave up one unearned run and four hits. He struck out seven, walked three before Domingo Santana chased him with a leadoff single in the sixth.
Luis Avilan got a pinch-hitting Ryan Braun to line into a double play before giving up a single to Jonathan Villar.
Chris Volstad (1-3) came in and catcher Alfredo Gonzalez threw out Villar trying to steal second. Joakim Soria, Jace Fry and Chris Beck each worked a scoreless inning.
Suter gave up two runs and three hits for Milwaukee after winning his previous three starts.
Brewers: 1B Eric Thames (torn ligament in left thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with extended spring training games Monday and Tuesday in Arizona, manager Craig Counsell said.
White Sox: LHP Carlson Rodon (shoulder) went five innings, allowing two runs while striking out eight, in a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte against Buffalo on Sunday. It was his fourth rehab start and third with Charlotte as he works his way back from surgery on his pitching shoulder in September.
Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (3-3, 2.65 ERA) looks to continue a run of strong starts as Milwaukee opens a two-game series at Cleveland on Tuesday. He has a 2.01 ERA in his past four starts. RHP Corey Kluber (8-2, 2.02) pitches for the Indians.
White Sox: The White Sox open a four-game series at Minnesota with a doubleheader on Tuesday, with RHP Reynaldo López (1-4, 3.80) starting opener and RHP Lucas Giolito (3-6, 7.53) the nightcap. Both pitchers struggled in losses at Cleveland last week, with Lopez getting tagged for seven runs over 2 2/3 innings on Wednesday after Giolito gave up five runs in six innings the previous night. Lopez is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in six road starts. The Twins have not announced their starters.