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Anderson hits slam for Chicago as Indians struggle with walks

CHICAGO — Tim Anderson hit a grand slam, Leury Garcia drove in three runs from the No. 9 spot in the lineup and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3 on Saturday.

Lance Lynn allowed three runs over five innings in his return from the injured list for the White Sox, who have won seven of nine.

Austin Hedges homered and Josh Naylor had two hits for the Indians, who have dropped eight of 13.

Lynn, sidelined since April 17 because of a right trapezius strain, allowed four hits and struck out a season-low two. He issued two walks, doubling his season total after four starts.

“Everything felt great,” Lynn said. “The next start, I don’t think it will be full-go. I think it will be another two or three till it’s full-go, go out, whatever pitch count, there’s no pitch limit, there’s no anything, go do your thing.”

In his previous two outings, Lynn (2-1) became the first pitcher in White Sox history to strike out 10 or more and walk none in consecutive starts.

Anderson hit his second career slam off Triston McKenzie for a 5-0 lead in the second inning after Garcia drew a bases-loaded walk.

“He’s the same every stinking, wonderful day,” manager Tony La Russa said of Anderson. “He brings effort. He brings a commitment to the practices, to the competition.”

McKenzie (0-1) issued four walks — including three in a row before the homer. He struck out six and gave up one hit in just two innings. For the season, he has allowed 18 walks and struck out 29 in 18 2/3 innings.

“I feel like this game honestly just highlighted my mistakes,” McKenzie said. “Out of my past couple outings, it’s mainly been walks.

“I feel like I’ve been walking a lot of guys, but I’ve been able to kind of just wiggle my way out of situations. I feel like today it kind of caught up to me.”

Six pitchers combined to issue eight walks for the Indians, who actually had five hits in the game to Chicago’s four.

Garcia added a two-run double off Phil Maton in the fourth to make it 7-2. Garcia has eight RBIs in his last four games.

Hedges hit a solo shot off Lynn in the fifth.

FIRST ONE

Nick Sandlin struck out one in a 1-2-3 sixth in his major league debut for the Indians.

“His stuff was really good,” manager Terry Francona said.

NO PROBLEM

Cleveland rallied for two runs in the fourth. Jose Ramirez drew a walk and missed second base while advancing on Naylor’s double. Ramirez returned to touch the bag and moved to third. Yu Chang followed with a two-run single.

TRANSACTIONS

The Indians placed slugger Franmil Reyes on the paternity list and recalled outfielder Daniel Johnson from their alternate site.

Johnson had a strong camp with the Indians but didn’t make the opening day roster. In nine games in Arizona, Johnson batted .368 (7 of 19) with two homers, two doubles and four RBIs. He brings speed and athleticism to Cleveland’s lineup.

“I know he wasn’t really pleased when we told him he wasn’t making the team, so this is his chance to kind of show what he can do,” Francona said.

UP NEXT

RHP Zach Plesac (1-3, 5.81 ERA) is scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale against White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (1-2, 5.68). Plesac has allowed 12 runs over 5 2/3 innings in two starts against Chicago. Giolito has given up 12 runs — 11 earned — in his last 7 2/3 innings.

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