Sheets, White Sox beat Angels

Sheets, White Sox beat Angels

Sheets, White Sox beat Angels

CHICAGO (AP) – Rookie Gavin Sheets hit a long three-run homer and had four RBIs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Sheets had three hits in a meeting for the first time in his career, to sour Joe Maddon’s return to Chicago.

In the second act, Sheets hit the lead single off Packy Naughton (0-2). In the third, he made it 6-1 with a three-run homer.

He came close to hitting a second home run in the fifth when he hit a double that slammed the ball into the right-field wall.

Maddon managed the Cubs for five years, and led them to the playoffs four times. In 2016, he averted the club’s 108-year drought without a World Series title.

He left the Cubs after the 2019 season and was hired by the Angels, who are now heading into their third straight season with a deficit record.

Cuban Luis Robert hit a solo homer and double for the White Sox, leaders of the AL Central, to expand their lead over second-place Cleveland to 12 1/2 games.

Chicago reduced its “magic number” to seven games to win the division pennant.

The win went to Aaron Bummer (3-5), who allowed no run in the seventh inning.

For the Angels, Venezuelan Luis Rengifo 3-1. The Dominican Juan Lagares 4-1.

For the White Sox, the Cubans Yoán Moncada 4-1 with a run scored, José Abreu 1-0, Yasmani Grandal 5-1 with an RBI, Robert 3-2 with three runs scored and one RBI. The Dominicans Eloy Jiménez 4-1 with a run scored, Leury Garcia 4-2 with two runs scored and one RBI. Venezuelan César Hernández 4-2 with an RBI.

Sheets, White Sox beat Angels

From left to right, the Dominicans Eloy Jiménez and Leury García, as well as the Cuban Luis Robert, celebrate the victory of the Chicago White Sox over the Los Angeles Angels, on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast )

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