NEW YORK -- Ryan LaMarre entered Wednesday night's 4-1 White Sox win over the Yankees with six doubles and one home run in the career extra-base hits category.The White Sox left fielder raised that particular total to 10 with two doubles, a home run and a career-high four RBIs as
NEW YORK -- Ryan LaMarre entered Wednesday night's 4-1 White Sox win over the Yankees with six doubles and one home run in the career extra-base hits category.
The White Sox left fielder raised that particular total to 10 with two doubles, a home run and a career-high four RBIs as the South Siders claimed their fourth straight series victory on the road. They also snagged their 11th win in 15 games and 11th win in their past 14 road games. The Yankees, who hold a comfortable lead in the American League Wild Card race, slipped to 7 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East.
"Having a night like that was great, but having a night where you get a win makes that flight home more sweet," LaMarre said. "I'll soak it in, for sure."
LaMarre's extra-base punch came in support of Reynaldo Lopez (5-9), who won for the first time since July 1 at Texas. Lopez lost four straight starts to end July and received no-decisions in five trips to the mound during August prior to Wednesday.
It actually didn't look as if Lopez would be around long enough to qualify for the win when White Sox manager Rick Renteria and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider visited Lopez on the mound after he struck out Miguel Andujar to open the second. Lopez's four-seam velocity averaged 91.2 mph in the first inning and 92.7 mph in the second, per Statcast™, but climbed to 95.6 mph by the fourth.
That early velocity dip is what alerted Renteria to a potential problem.
"We just were watching it and said, 'Something is not right,'" Renteria said. "He said he felt good. He didn't feel any discomfort. He felt a little tight. He was working through it, and he certainly did."
"My arm was just a little tight. But I was feeling good. That's it," Lopez said through interpreter Billy Russo. "After I completed the first inning, I came here to stretch a little bit more, to get my arm looser. I started the game throwing 91, 93 [mph] and ended throwing 97, 98. I was feeling better as the game was progressing."
Lopez allowed one run on five hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking two. He received defensive help from Avisail Garcia, who took away a Neil Walker home run after the Renteria mound visit in the second, and Adam Engel, who made a diving catch on an Aaron Hicks blooper in the sixth to avoid the makings of a big inning with Giancarlo Stanton on first.
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"He started early not as hard as he can throw it, in the lower 90s, and then he picked it up," Stanton said of Lopez. "He was mixing it up well. He was able to be effective."
The 29-year-old LaMarre doubled home two runs off of Yankees starter Carsten Sabathia, who fell to 19-7 lifetime against the White Sox, with two outs in the second. He added another run-scoring double off Sabathia in the fourth and then hit his second career home run leading off the seventh against right-hander Chad Green.
LaMarre last played at Yankee Stadium with the Twins, and he actually pitched two-thirds of an inning in a 14-1 loss on April 23. He did much more damage with the bat Wednesday, as the White Sox climbed into a third-place tie with the Tigers in the AL Central after series wins at Detroit and New York.
"All three games were really well played," Renteria said. "Fell short on one, but they did a nice job. They played really good baseball."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Caught at home: Stanton was left standing at the plate when Gleyber Torres was thrown out at home to end the fifth as he tried to score from third on a Lopez wild pitch. The first pitch to Stanton with the bases loaded and two outs got past catcher Kevan Smith, but Smith scrambled to track down the ball and the former quarterback at Pitt threw a perfect strike to Lopez covering home.
• The White Sox claimed their first series win at new Yankee Stadium and first in New York since 2005, when they won two of three games at old Yankee Stadium.
• Since RBI became an official stat in 1920, LaMarre is the second White Sox rookie to drive in four runs in a game and account for all the team's runs. The only other White Sox rookie to do so was Tommie Agee in 1966 against the Senators, per STATS.
HE SAID IT
"It's a huge lift. It will be an awesome flight home. To come in here and beat a really good team in a series … we've been playing some good baseball lately. It's fun, a lot of fun." -- LaMarre, on the series win over the Yankees to complete a 5-2 road trip
White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.85 ERA) is scheduled to make his first career start against the Red Sox in Thursday's series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT, with right-hander Rick Porcello (15-7, 4.18) on the mound for Boston. Giolito is 3-0 with a 3.32 ERA, 19 strikeouts and a .219 opponents average over his last three starts (19 innings).
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.