CHICAGO (AP) –Rookie Nick Pratto hit two home runs to highlight a four-hit performance and the Kansas City Royals sent the Chicago White Sox to their fifth straight loss, 9-7 on Tuesday night.
White Sox manager Tony La Russa missed the game with an unspecified medical issue. The team said the 77-year-old Hall of Famer was discharged on the recommendation of his doctors and will undergo further testing on Wednesday.
La Russa’s absence was announced about an hour before the first pitch. He showed no signs of any health issues in his pre-match briefing with reporters. Bench coach Miguel Cairo took over as Chicago fell for the 10th time in its last 12 games since hitting a season-high five games above .500 on Aug. 16.
Gavin Sheets homered twice and drove in five runs for the White Sox.
Salvador Perez and Michael A. Taylor each homered and drove in three runs for the Royals. Pratto added a brace and also had three RBIs.
Pratto hit solo home runs on each of his first two hits against Lucas Giolito (10-8), and his one-off reliever Tanner Banks fired a two-run sixth. Pratto hit a ground rule double against Jake Diekman to score Ryan O’Hearn in the seventh.
Pratto is 8-for-17 with four doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs in his last four games. This marked the first multi-circuit game of Pratto’s career.
Perez went 3 for 3 against Giolito, bringing his career batting average against him to .419 (13 for 31) with three homers and 10 RBIs. Perez’s two-run drive on the opposite court on the right extended the Royals’ lead to 3-0 in the third, and his RBI single in the fifth made it 5-0.
Perez is batting .448 (13 for 29) with two home runs and nine RBIs in his last seven games.
The White Sox chased starter Brady Singer with four runs in the fifth, capped by a three-run homer from Sheets. Singer had a 1.37 ERA in his last four starts before Tuesday.
Sheets hit a two-run homer in the ninth for his second career multi-home run game.
Jose Cuas (3-2) picked up Singer and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.
Eloy Jimenez, whose RBI single preceded the Sheets homer, started the seventh with a homer against Carlos Hernandez.
Royals: INF Vinnie Pasquantino (right shoulder discomfort) has increased the intensity of his work in the batting cage, manager Mike Matheny said. … OF Edward Olivares (left quadruple strain) began a rehab mission in Triple-A Omaha, going 1 for 3 with one hit on the ground and two strikeouts in one game.
White Sox: OF Luis Robert (left wrist) missed his fourth straight start due to lingering discomfort. … 3B Yoan Moncada (left hamstring strain) lined up players on the floor ahead of Tuesday’s game. Moncada is eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list on September 5. … LHP Aaron Bummer (left lat strain) has started a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. Bummer hasn’t pitched a major league game since June 7, but plans to return next week. … LHP Garrett Hook pitched for the first time since undergoing surgery at Tommy John on April 5.
White Sox: C Yasmani Grandal (left knee hyperextension) will likely be activated ahead of Wednesday’s game, La Russa said.
Royals: Will start LHP Kris Bubic (2-9, 5.62) on Wednesday. Bubic allowed a season-high six earned runs in four innings in a 13-5 loss to the Padres on Friday.
White Sox: Will start the RHP Lance Lynn (3-5, 5.00), which will be activated from the mourners list. Lynn allowed two runs in six innings of Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Orioles.