CHICAGO (AP) — Some hitters aren't comfortable swinging at 3-0 pitches. Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu aren't among them.
Ramirez hit a grand slam to fuel Chicago's seven-run fourth inning and Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 13th homer and drove in two runs — both homers came on 3-0 pitches — to lead the White Sox to a 9-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Ramirez's blast was his sixth career grand slam and broke open a 2-2 tie.
"I was looking for a good pitch to connect, something that was over the plate," he said through a translator. "That's what I did and I was able to hit it."
Abreu was the designated hitter because of a nagging left ankle injury. He went 3 for 4 and leads the AL with 37 RBIs. His blast to straight away center was estimated at 442-feet.
"You don't see balls hit like that very much," said White Sox bench coach Mark Parent, who filled in for manager Robin Ventura in the postgame news conference although Ventura managed.
"We'll probably do the same thing tomorrow, DH him and try to get him a couple of days off on the road."
Tyler Flowers also homered for the White Sox, who pounded out 15 hits.
Andre Rienzo (3-0) allowed three runs on four hits in 5 2-3 innings and the bullpen pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings.
Brandon McCarthy (1-6) allowed nine hits and seven runs — all in the fourth inning.
"I have no idea what happened; I really don't know," McCarthy said. "I don't know if they changed their approach or just got super aggressive. I was throwing a lot of strikes, they just started jumping on everything."
Arizona went up 2-0 on Gerardo Parra's two-run homer in the third inning.
The lead appeared secure because McCarthy was cruising, retiring all nine batters he faced in the first three innings on a total of 33 pitches.
Things quickly turned in the bottom of the fourth.
Alejandro De Aza broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff double and scored on a single by the next batter, Gordon Beckham. Following Conor Gillaspie's single, Abreu drove in Beckham with a single to tie the score at 2 and make it four straight hits.