ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Merrill Kelly’s hot 2nd half continues as D-backs win series over White Sox

Aug 27, 2022, 8:47 PM | Updated: 9:23 pm
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) is greeted in the dugout after leaving a b...

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) is greeted in the dugout after leaving a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox during the eighth inning Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

(AP Photo/David Banks)

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Jake McCarthy had a career-high four hits, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the fading Chicago White Sox 10-5 on Saturday night.

Geraldo Perdomo and Carson Kelly each had three RBIs as fourth-place Arizona handed Chicago its eighth loss in 10 games. The reigning AL Central champions dropped one game below .500 at 63-64.

The speedy McCarthy also stole two bases and scored three times. The 25-year-old outfielder is 19 for his last 49 (.388), raising his season batting average to .292.

“Just a very energized player that’s putting a lot of concepts together,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “I think there was a lot of raw talent when he entered the system. He’s done a really god job of slowing things down when needed and being very competitive on both sides of the ball.”

Drafted by Arizona with the No. 39 pick in 2018 out of the University of Virginia, McCarthy said he’s getting comfortable and learning to exploit his chances.

”I’m just trying to hit the ball hard in the middle of the field,” McCarthy said. “I just got a few lucky hits, but it contributed. We got a win and it’s all good.”

Merrill Kelly surrendered Gavin Sheets’ three-run homer in the first, but allowed just one run over the next 6 1/3 innings in his first win since July 25. Kelly (11-5) yielded five hits and struck out seven while stopping a string of five straight no-decisions.

“I would probably say the sinker,” Kelly said of his most effective pitch. “It had a lot of movement on it late. I was able to locate it pretty well.”

Emmanuel Rivera, Ketel Marté and Alek Thomas each drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who won their second straight on the South Side.

Elvis Andrus had two hits for the White Sox. Davis Martin (2-4) was charged with five runs, four hits and four walks in three innings in his fifth career start.

The Diamondbacks opened a 7-3 lead on Perdomo’s RBI single in the eighth, but the White Sox responded with two in the bottom half.

Mark Melancon relieved Kelly and gave up an RBI double to Romy Gonzalez and run-scoring single to José Abreu. Joe Mantiply then came in and retired Eloy Jiménez on a fly ball to right.

Arizona put it away with three in the ninth. Kelly hit a two-run single, and Thomas added a sacrifice fly.

The White Sox got off to a nice start when Sheets lined his 10th homer into the bullpen in right, making it 3-0 in the first.

But Arizona came back with five runs on just two singles in a sloppy second by Chicago. Martin walked three in the inning and another runner reached on interference by rookie catcher Carlos Pérez.

Perdomo drove in two runs with a single, tying it at 3. Kelly scored on Perez’s passed ball, and Rivera’s groundout drove in Perdomo for a 5-3 lead.

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