CHICAGO -- The White Sox snapped a five-game home losing streak with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Royals on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Here are a few important winning numbers for the South Siders, who have won three of their last four.
The amount of home runs hit by catcher Welington Castillo and the amount of would-be base stealers he has thrown out this season.
Both came in the eighth inning, when Castillo nailed Hunter Dozier at second with a perfectly placed throw to allow shortstop Tim Anderson to tag Dozier on the left foot. Castillo then connected on a go-ahead two-run blast to right against reliever Brad Boxberger, ending an 0-for-23 skid.
“I knew it was gone,” Anderson said. “Great moment for him and even better moment for the team. It was nice to get the win, and hopefully we can keep going.”
Anderson’s Major League leading average after he knocked out three hits in his final three at-bats of the game.
He also saved a run during the Royals’ three-run second with an over-the-shoulder running catch of Billy Hamilton’s popup with Martin Maldonado on third.
“Just overall getting better,” Anderson said. “I've been working and it's showing, and I'm going to continue to work.”
“You guys know how we all feel about him. He's just maturing and growing,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He's putting himself in a place where he knows who he is, he knows how to go about his business. He's continually learning, improving, trusting and being himself.”
Leadoff walks issued by White Sox pitchers, including one in each of the last four innings.
To the White Sox credit, Hamilton was the lone walk to come around and score in the seventh.
Career saves for closer Alex Colome.
Colome walked Chris Owings to start the ninth. But he struck out pinch-hitter Jorge Soler and Hamilton, before retiring Whit Merrifield on a spinning line drive to second. Colome kept the baseball from the momentous career accomplishment.
“I’m very happy to have the opportunity to pitch in those situations,” Colome said through interpreter Billy Russo. “Those are the instances of the game where I like to pitch. Generally, it’s something that makes me better.”
Manny Banuelos’ first victory against the Brewers and his only career win until Monday.
Banuelos pitched three innings in relief of starter Ervin Santana, allowing one run on no hits, but he issued three walks.
Santana’s consecutive starts to yield multiple home runs, dating to Aug. 5, 2018.
After allowing Dozier and Owings to go deep in the second, Santana made an adjustment and pitched three scoreless innings.
“The first two innings I was too quick with the fastball and that’s why everything was up,” Santana said. “I thought it was a better game. The good thing is I kept my team in the race. We ended up getting the win. That’s more important than anything else.”
Hitless at-bats for Daniel Palka to start 2019.
With his third-inning popup, Palka is now 0-for-31 dating to last season. He did walk twice and was hit by a pitch in his final three plate appearances.
Replays in the fifth inning, all going in the White Sox favor, to keep a three-run inning alive.
Umpires overturned Anderson being doubled up at first after Royals left fielder Alex Gordon’s diving catch to take a hit away from Castillo. Another challenge also overturned a double-play call on a Yolmer Sanchez grounder to second which would have ended the inning. Instead, it allowed an aggressive Anderson to score from second. And in a crew-chief review, Anderson was deemed far enough around third on the play to score.
It was 3 minutes, 45 seconds of total review time.
Consecutive White Sox games remaining against the Royals, Tigers and Orioles.
Facing teams hovering at or near their rebuilding level could make for an interesting few weeks for Renteria’s crew.