Jiménez homers in 9th to power White Sox past Cubs, 3-1

CHICAGO (AP) Eloy Jimenez came up in a big spot and delivered. It was exactly how he pictured the moment when he became a professional ballplayer.

With one major twist.

Jimenez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning in his first game against his first major league organization, helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old Jimenez was a top prospect for the Cubs before he headlined a rare trade with the White Sox for veteran left-hander Jose Quintana in July 2017. The Jimenez deal will live on in sports bars all over Chicago for many years to come, and the rookie added another wrinkle with one big swing in his first game at Wrigley Field.

''It was a dream come true,'' he said. ''I wanted to hit one at Wrigley, but now with the White Sox it feels really good.''

James McCann hit a leadoff single before Jimenez drove a 1-0 pitch from Pedro Strop (1-3) over the wall in left for his 12th homer . Considered one of baseball's top young sluggers, Jimenez has gone deep six times in his last nine games.

''We were hoping he could get a pitch he could handle and obviously he did,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''It was a big blow.''

Adding another layer to the accomplishment, Jimenez cracked his bat on the swing. He smiled as he proudly displayed the broken lumber after the victory.

''It was an amazing moment,'' he said.

Evan Marshall (3-0) got two outs for the win and Alex Colome worked the ninth for his 15th save. Four White Sox relievers combined for four scoreless innings after Ivan Nova turned in one of his best starts of the season.

The slumping Cubs kicked off a 10-game homestand with their fourth loss in five games. Kyle Schwarber connected for his 16th homer and Cole Hamels pitched seven effective innings, but that was it for the North Siders.

''We just have to do a better job offensively,'' manager Joe Maddon said.

Hamels became the 10th left-hander with 2,500 career strikeouts when he threw a called third strike past Nova for the first out of the third . The crowd of 41,192 responded with a big cheer when his accomplishment was displayed on the videoboard, and Hamels tipped his cap in appreciation.

''To do it in front of fans that really understand and get it, that's a very special moment,'' Hamels said.

Jimenez had a chance to get the White Sox off to a fast start when he batted with the bases loaded in the first. But Hamels got him to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

Schwarber then lined Nova's first pitch of the game into the bleachers in left for his fourth career leadoff homer . He also started Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Dodgers with a home run on Clayton Kershaw's first pitch.

The White Sox tied it in the sixth. Leury Garcia led off with a double and Tim Anderson followed with a hard grounder into the hole at shortstop. Javier Baez made a sliding stop, but he threw wild to first and Garcia hustled home on the error.

IN ACTION

Craig Kimbrel took another step toward joining the Cubs when he worked a perfect inning in his first appearance with Triple-A Iowa. The 31-year-old Kimbrel is ramping up after finalizing a three-year contract with Chicago on June 7. The closer could pitch in another minor league game Thursday or Friday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: INF Yoan Moncada entered as a defensive replacement in the sixth after his recent trouble with upper back tightness flared up during Sunday's 10-3 loss to the Yankees. Moncada had missed the previous four games before returning for the series finale against New York. ... C Welington Castillo was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique. LH reliever Jace Fry was reinstated from the IL after being sidelined by shoulder soreness, and catching prospect Zack Collins was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte.

Cubs: General manager Jed Hoyer said the team will use a patient approach with Kyle Hendricks after tests confirmed the right-hander is dealing with a shoulder impingement. Hendricks was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, one day after he permitted five runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to NL West-leading Los Angeles. Tyler Chatwood will take Hendricks' turn in the rotation Thursday against the Mets.

UP NEXT

White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (10-1, 2.22 ERA) looks to continue his win streak when he faces struggling Cubs left-hander Jon Lester (5-5, 4.08 ERA) on Wednesday night. Giolito is 8-0 with a sparkling 0.94 ERA in his last eight starts. Lester surrendered a season-high three homers in a 7-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

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  • W: E. Marshall (3-0)L: P. Strop (1-3)S: A. Colome (15)
  • HR: CHW - E. Jimenez (12), CHC - K. Schwarber (16)
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T. Anderson SS40100011.314.341.482.8230.5
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J. McCann C31200110.330.382.511.8943.5
E. Jimenez LF31221103.254.310.497.8079.0
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J. Rondon 3B30000013.208.270.292.562-0.5
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J. Fry P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Marshall P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- Y. Alonso PH10000000.180.278.311.5890.0
A. Colome P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
R. Cordell RF40000000.202.272.316.5880.0
Y. Sanchez 2B40000010.244.323.290.613-0.5
I. Nova P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
Y. Moncada 3B10000010.292.348.502.850-0.5
  • a-lined out for Marshall in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF41111011.233.326.479.8055.5
K. Bryant 3B40300010.282.397.544.9412.5
A. Rizzo 1B30000103.280.389.555.9441.0
J. Baez SS40000003.282.319.537.8560.0
J. Heyward CF-RF40200000.253.351.416.7672.0
V. Caratini C40000014.295.394.459.853-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF30000010.206.286.294.580-0.5
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Collins P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Hamels P20000000.077.107.077.1840.0
a- D. Bote PH-2B10000000.272.348.478.8260.0
D. Descalso 2B10000100.188.289.283.5721.0
b- A. Almora PH-CF10000010.250.292.405.697-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Hamels in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Descalso in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Garcia (12)
  • HR - E. Jimenez (12)
  • RBI - E. Jimenez 2 (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Rondon 3 (3)
BATTING
  • HR - K. Schwarber (16)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (34)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber, V. Caratini 4 (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Anderson-Sanchez-Abreu; Moncada-Anderson-Abreu)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Bryant-Descalso-Rizzo; Caratini)
  • E - J. Baez (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova5.04112116.011.588.5
A. Bummer2.01000301.590.716.5
J. Fry0.10000105.701.610.5
E. Marshall (W, 3-0)0.21000000.000.766.0
A. Colome (S, 15)1.00000002.220.6710.0
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova5.0
A. Bummer2.0
J. Fry0.1
E. Marshall (W, 3-0)0.2
A. Colome (S, 15)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels7.06112802.851.1819.0
B. Kintzler1.00000002.250.813.0
P. Strop (L, 1-3)0.12220015.521.16-9.0
T. Collins0.20000003.521.570.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels7.0
B. Kintzler1.0
P. Strop (L, 1-3)0.1
T. Collins0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 70-40, A. Bummer 26-20, J. Fry 6-4, E. Marshall 7-4, A. Colome 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 6-7, A. Bummer 3-0, E. Marshall 1-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 20, A. Bummer 7, J. Fry, E. Marshall 2, A. Colome 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 104-65, B. Kintzler 7-5, P. Strop 13-8, T. Collins 7-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 4-7, B. Kintzler 2-1, T. Collins 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 27, B. Kintzler 3, P. Strop 3, T. Collins 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Garcia CF41200000.280.318.376.6944.0
T. Anderson SS40100011.314.341.482.8230.5
J. Abreu 1B40100011.267.309.516.8250.5
J. McCann C31200110.330.382.511.8943.5
E. Jimenez LF31221103.254.310.497.8079.0
C. Tilson LF00000000.269.336.343.6790.0
J. Rondon 3B30000013.208.270.292.562-0.5
A. Bummer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Fry P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Marshall P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- Y. Alonso PH10000000.180.278.311.5890.0
A. Colome P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
R. Cordell RF40000000.202.272.316.5880.0
Y. Sanchez 2B40000010.244.323.290.613-0.5
I. Nova P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
Y. Moncada 3B10000010.292.348.502.850-0.5
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  • a-lined out for Marshall in the 9th
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K. Schwarber LF41111011.233.326.479.8055.5
K. Bryant 3B40300010.282.397.544.9412.5
A. Rizzo 1B30000103.280.389.555.9441.0
J. Baez SS40000003.282.319.537.8560.0
J. Heyward CF-RF40200000.253.351.416.7672.0
V. Caratini C40000014.295.394.459.853-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF30000010.206.286.294.580-0.5
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Collins P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Hamels P20000000.077.107.077.1840.0
a- D. Bote PH-2B10000000.272.348.478.8260.0
D. Descalso 2B10000100.188.289.283.5721.0
b- A. Almora PH-CF10000010.250.292.405.697-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Hamels in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Descalso in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Garcia (12)
  • HR - E. Jimenez (12)
  • RBI - E. Jimenez 2 (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Rondon 3 (3)
BATTING
  • HR - K. Schwarber (16)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (34)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber, V. Caratini 4 (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Anderson-Sanchez-Abreu; Moncada-Anderson-Abreu)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Bryant-Descalso-Rizzo; Caratini)
  • E - J. Baez (7)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova5.04112116.011.588.5
A. Bummer2.01000301.590.716.5
J. Fry0.10000105.701.610.5
E. Marshall (W, 3-0)0.21000000.000.766.0
A. Colome (S, 15)1.00000002.220.6710.0
Total9.0611251---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova5.0
A. Bummer2.0
J. Fry0.1
E. Marshall (W, 3-0)0.2
A. Colome (S, 15)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels7.06112802.851.1819.0
B. Kintzler1.00000002.250.813.0
P. Strop (L, 1-3)0.12220015.521.16-9.0
T. Collins0.20000003.521.570.0
Total9.0833281---
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels7.0
B. Kintzler1.0
P. Strop (L, 1-3)0.1
T. Collins0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 70-40, A. Bummer 26-20, J. Fry 6-4, E. Marshall 7-4, A. Colome 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 6-7, A. Bummer 3-0, E. Marshall 1-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 20, A. Bummer 7, J. Fry, E. Marshall 2, A. Colome 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 104-65, B. Kintzler 7-5, P. Strop 13-8, T. Collins 7-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 4-7, B. Kintzler 2-1, T. Collins 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 27, B. Kintzler 3, P. Strop 3, T. Collins 2
  • 9TH INNING
    Jimenez homered to left center, McCann scored31
  • 6TH INNING
    Anderson reached on an infield single to shortstop, Garcia scored on shortstop Baez throwing error11
  • 1ST INNING
    Schwarber homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Pedro Strop relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann singled to center
    • E. Jimenez: Ball, Jimenez homered to left center, McCann scored
    • Yonder Alonso hit for Evan Marshall
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Alonso lined out to center
    • Tim Collins relieved Pedro Strop
    • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cordell grounded out to third
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Alex Colome pitching
    • Charlie Tilson in left field
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Baez lined out to center
    • J. Heyward: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Heyward flied out to deep center
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Caratini lined out to left
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brandon Kintzler pitching
    • L. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to second
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Anderson lined out to right
    • J. Abreu: Foul, Ball, Abreu grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jace Fry relieved Aaron Bummer
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • Evan Marshall relieved Jace Fry
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant singled to left center
    • A. Rizzo: Strike swinging, Rizzo grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Bryant out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • R. Cordell: Foul, Ball, Cordell grounded out to third
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez flied out to deep right
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Bummer Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • David Bote hit for Cole Hamels
    • D. Bote: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bote grounded out to second
    • Albert Almora hit for Daniel Descalso
    • A. Almora: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Almora struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Garcia doubled to deep right center
    • T. Anderson: Anderson reached on an infield single to shortstop, Garcia scored on shortstop Baez throwing error
    • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging, Anderson out at second, Anderson caught stealing second, catcher
    • J. McCann: Strike swinging, McCann singled to right
    • E. Jimenez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jimenez walked, McCann to second
    • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Ball, Rondon flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bryant reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Aaron Bummer pitching
    • Yoan Moncada at third base
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rizzo reached on fielder's choice to second, Bryant out at second
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez reached on fielder's choice to second, Rizzo out at second
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward singled to left center, Baez to third
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Caratini struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • R. Cordell: Foul, Ball, Foul, Cordell flied out to deep center
    • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez flied out to right
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Nova struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to right
    • C. Hamels: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hamels grounded out to first
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Abreu grounded out to first
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, McCann struck out on foul tip
    • E. Jimenez: Ball, Ball, Jimenez reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • J. Rondon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bryant singled to right center
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo reached on fielder's choice to second, Bryant out at second
    • J. Baez: Baez lined out to left
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward singled to right, Rizzo to second
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Caratini flied out to deep right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Nova struck out looking
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • C. Hamels: Strike looking, Hamels grounded out to second
    • D. Descalso: Descalso grounded out to second
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Ball, Rondon popped out to third
    • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Ball, Cordell flied out to deep left
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward flied out to left
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Caratini grounded out to first
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia singled to right
    • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson lined out to center
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Abreu singled to left, Garcia to second
    • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann walked, Garcia to third, Abreu to second
    • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Jimenez grounded into double play third to second to first, McCann out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber homered to left center
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rizzo out at second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)