Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Joakim Soria

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Pirates Beat Reeling White Sox, 3-2

May 16, 2018 - 4:41 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell was in the unaccustomed role of pinch hitter when he stepped to the plate, getting a rare break from the starting lineup in a day game after a night game.

He adjusted quite nicely.

Bell singled to break a seventh-inning tie, and the streaking Pittsburgh Pirates beat the skidding Chicago White Sox 3-2 Wednesday.

Pittsburgh won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 10-2 in interleague play this season. It has won eight straight against the White Sox, outscoring them 45-17 during the streak.

Chicago matched the worst start in franchise history at a major league-worst 10-29. The White Sox have dropped nine of 10.

The game was tied at 2 when Elias Diaz led off the seventh with a double against Chicago reliever Joakim Soria (0-2). Jordy Mercer walked with one out and Bell grounded a single into left.

Rookie Edgar Santana (1-0) allowed one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first major league win. He relieved Jameson Taillon with the game tied and the bases loaded in the sixth inning and got rookie pinch-hitter Daniel Palka to hit an inning-ending groundout.


White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was not in the lineup after starting each of the first 37 games. He pinch-hit in the ninth and flied out. Sanchez, the regular third baseman, played shortstop and Matt Davidson started at third.

Sanchez made a sliding over-the-shoulder catch in short left field to take away a hit from David Freese in the seventh inning.


White Sox: RHP James Shields (1-4, 5.44 ERA) starts Thursday's opener of a four-game series against visiting Texas. LHP Cole Hamels (2-4, 3.48 ERA) goes for the Rangers. Shields is winless in eight starts since beating the Royals at Kansas City on opening day.