Crochet dazzles, DeJong homers as White Sox beat Braves 3-2

Tue, Apr 2, 2024
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Crochet dazzles, DeJong homers as White Sox beat Braves 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) - Garrett Crochet pitched seven sparkling innings, pinch-hitter Paul DeJong had a tiebreaking homer and the Chicago White Sox got their first win by beating the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Michael Kopech pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and gave up a solo drive to Marcell Ozuna with one out in the ninth. He walked Michael Harris II with two out sand gave up a single to Orlando Arcia, putting runners on first and second, before retiring Travis d'Arnaud on a pop fly for the save.

Gavin Sheets and Andrew Vaughn hit RBI singles, and the White Sox overcame two home runs by Ozuna to win after an 0-4 start.

Crochet (1-1) held the Braves to one run and three hits in his second professional start. The hard-throwing left-hander struck out eight and walked one after an impressive performance in Chicago's opening 1-0 loss to Detroit.

Sheets put Chicago ahead in the sixth with an RBI single against Reynaldo Lopez. Ozuna tied it in the seventh with a drive to left for his second home run. But DeJong - batting for Braden Shewmake - put Chicago back on top when he greeted A.J. Minter (0-1) with a drive to left leading off the bottom half for his second homer.

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Atlanta loaded with one out in the eighth. John Brebbia walked Jarred Kelenic and Ronald Acuna Jr., and Kopech walked Ozzie Albies before getting Austin Riley to ground into a double play.

Vaughn made it 3-1 when he drove in Luis Robert Jr. with a single in the eighth.

Lopez, who pitched for the White Sox from 2017-23, went six innings in his Braves debut. The 30-year-old right-hander gave up one run and four hits.


White Sox: Manager Pedro Grifol said there's a good chance DH Eloy Jimenez (left adductor soreness) avoids the injured list. Jimenez was out of the lineup for the second straight game. ... C Max Stassi (left hip inflammation) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.


The Braves send ace Spencer Strider (0-0, 3.60 ERA) to the mound for the series finale. A 20-game winner last season, Strider lasted five innings in Atlanta's season-opening win at Philadelphia. The White Sox had not announced their starter. ___


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