KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eloy Jimenez logged his first big hit of the season, launching a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning that sent the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 5-3.
The 24-year-old slugger, who was the 2019 AL Rookie of the Year and then kept up his power surge during the pandemic-shortened season, tore a pectoral muscle in spring training.
He hadn't played in the majors until going 0 for 4 Monday night. But Jimenez quickly made up for lost time in his second game.
After hitting a single in his first at-bat, he came up in the eighth after a two-out intentional walk to Jose Abreu with Chicago trailing 3-2.
Jimenez connected for a 459-foot drive to cap a four-run rally for the AL Central leaders.