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Sox have Crosstown home run derby, hit four homers off Lester

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The White Sox brought their homerin' bats up Lake Shore Drive.

In the first of six games this season with the Crosstown-rival Cubs on Friday night at Wrigley Field, the White Sox potent lineup unloaded early and often against veteran lefty Jon Lester, hitting four home runs off the three-time World Series champ and ending his night before the end of the fourth inning.

Luis Robert, back in the lineup after missing the final two games of the White Sox four-game series with the Detroit Tigers, showed there were no lingering effects from hurting his hand on a diving attempt in center field Tuesday night. He got the party started in his first plate appearance at Wrigley Field, smoking a two-run shot off Lester in the top of the second inning.

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The top of the White Sox order stayed hot in the third inning. Tim Anderson blasted a ball off the ivy in deep center field, and Yasmani Grandal followed with a base hit. Then José Abreu continued his climb up the White Sox all-time home-run leader board with a three-run homer into the bleachers that made it a 5-0 White Sox lead.

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But the bottom of the order did its part, too, with Danny Mendick, the No. 7 hitter, homering off Lester to start the fourth inning.

 

Four batters later, Grandal absolutely demolished a Lester pitch to the back of the left-field bleachers to run the score up to 8-0 and chase Lester.

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The home-run barrage leapfrogged the White Sox over the New York Yankees for the AL lead in long balls. After that quartet of dingers, they've got 47 of them on the 2020 season. This after they ranked 12th out of 15 American League teams in that department last season.

The White Sox also continued their assault on left-handed pitching with their home-run conga line against Lester. They came into Friday with a .943 OPS against lefties, and that number only grew after Friday's offensive outburst.

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