Although he didn’t think the Royals were throwing at him intentionally, Tim Anderson still took pleasure in scoring a bit of revenge.
Six innings after being beaned with a pitch from Kansas City starter Glenn Sparkman, Anderson doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth, lifting the host Chicago White Sox to an 8-7 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night.
José Abreu hit a three-run homer and Yoán Moncada also connected for the White Sox.
Sparkman struck Anderson in the bill of his helmet in the second with nobody out, a runner on first and the White Sox leading 2-1. Anderson’s helmet was knocked off his head, and plate umpire Mark Carlson ejected the 27-year-old right-hander.
It was the first plate appearance of the series for Anderson, who hadn’t started the previous four games because of right wrist soreness.
Last month, Anderson was hit by Kansas City’s Brad Keller in the backside after an elaborate bat flip on a home run in his previous at-bat. That sparked a benches-clearing scuffle. Keller was suspended five games and Anderson one.
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“I think it was just bad timing,” Anderson said of Sparkman’s pitch. “But it happened and I was able to get the hit to win the game. It was payback. It felt good, man.”
Sparkman was making his second start of the season.
“Coming into this series, we had no animosity toward that young man,” Royals manager Ned Yost said of Anderson. “And to think that we’re gonna hit him on purpose is ludicrous, one, and two, it was a changeup.
“It was forgotten. He had done his part, we had done our part. It was over.”
Dodgers 9, Mets 8: Down 8-5, Los Angeles rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth, including homers by Joc Pederson and Max Muncy to start the inning, Cody Bellinger’s RBI double to score Justin Turner, and Alex Verdugo’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly to win it. Rookie Pete Alonso hit two homers for New York.
Rockies 5, D’backs 4: Jeff Hoffman pitched five solid innings and beat out an infield single to drive in a key run as host Colorado beat Arizona.
Tigers 4, Orioles 2: Brandon Dixon hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the ninth inning for visiting Detroit.
Pirates 7, Reds 2: Josh Bell tied a team record with his 12th homer in May, and visiting Pittsburgh salvaged a split of a four-game series.
Indians 14, Red Sox 9: Carlos Santana homered and hit Cleveland’s first triple of the season, Greg Allen added two three-baggers, and Cleveland pounded out a season-high 18 hits in a win at Fenway Park.
Phillies 11, Cardinals 4: Bryce Harper hit his 10th homer and drove in four runs before fouling a ball off his foot and exiting in the fifth inning for host Philadelphia.
Cubs 2, Astros 1: Kyle Hendricks pitched eight strong innings, Kyle Schwarber homered for a second straight game and Kris Bryant added a solo shot in his return to the lineup for visiting Chicago.
Rays 4, Blue Jays 3: Willy Adames delivered a long single against a five-man infield in the 11th inning, driving in the winning run as host Tampa Bay defeated Toronto.
Rangers 8, Mariners 7: Nomar Mazara and Asdrubal Cabrera hit consecutive doubles in the ninth inning, lifting visiting Texas over Seattle.
Yankees 7, Padres 0: DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit jolted San Diego rookie Chris Paddack with home runs, and James Paxton pitched four hitless innings in his return from the injured list for host New York.
Nationals 14, Braves 4: Anibal Sanchez allowed one hit in six scoreless innings and Howie Kendrick hit a three-run double for visiting Washington. Atlanta got a grand slam by rookie Austin Riley.
Briefly: Astros shortstop Carlos Correa says his rib was fractured during a massage at his home. He’s expected to be out four to six weeks. … The 2021 All-Star Game will be played at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park. … A young fan at the game between the Cubs and Astros was struck by a foul ball hit by Albert Almora Jr. The Astros said the girl was taken to a hospital but did not provide an update on her condition. … Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera left “hand print markings” on his girlfriend’s neck during a domestic assault in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino, according to a police report obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Herrera, who is on administrative leave from MLB, faces a June 17 court appearance on charges of simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury.
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