CHICAGO (AP) — Angels manager Joe Maddon has learned at least one thing about Brandon Marsh in the outfielder’s first season in the majors.
“When he hits the ball, he hits it hard,” Maddon said.
Sure looks that way.
Marsh hit a tie breaking solo homer off Michael Kopech in the eighth inning, and Los Angeles beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Marsh drove a 101 mph, full-count fastball from Kopech (4-3) over the wall in left-center for his second homer. He finished with three hits and scored two runs.
Mike Mayers (5-5) struck out the side in the seventh for the win. Steve Cishek worked out of a jam in the eighth before Raisel Iglesias finished for his 32nd save.
The White Sox put runners on the corners with one out in the ninth, but Brian Goodwin struck out swing- ing and César Hernández flied out to deep left.
Yoan Moncada homered for AL Central-leading Chicago, which had won three of four.
The game was tied at 2 after each team pushed across a run in the sixth. Luis Rengifo hit a sacrifice fly against Dallas Keuchel, and Yasmani Grandal responded with an RBI single for the White Sox.
Keuchel issued a season high five walks in six innings, but he worked his way out of trouble in his best performance in a month. The veteran left- hander went 0-3 with a 12.89 ERA in his previous four starts.
Los Angeles used a replay reversal to jump in front in the third. With two outs and runners on second and third, Phil Gosselin reached on a grounder to third when Moncada hesitated before throwing to first.
Gosselin was originally called out, but the Angels challenged and he was awarded an infield hit.
Moncada atoned for the play with a leadoff drive to right in the fourth, tying it at 1 with his 12th homer.
Janson Junk pitched 4 1/3 innings of three-hit ball for the Angels in his second major league start. The rookie right-hander was acquired in a July 30 trade that sent left-hander Andrew Heaney to the New York Yankees.
White Sox: Manager Tony La Russa said OF Adam Engel (left shoulder inflam- mation) could rejoin the team during its upcoming 11-game road trip. Engel has been playing for Triple-A Charlotte on a rehab assign- ment. “I think it’s maybe sooner rather than later on that trip,” La Russa said. … RHP Evan Marshall (right elbow) experienced some extra soreness after he pitched in back-to-back games during a rehab stint with Charlotte. Marshall got a shot in his elbow, and he said he is still hoping to return this year.
Reynaldo López (3-2, 2.05 ERA) pitches for Chicago in the series finale Thursday afternoon. Alex Cobb (7-3, 3.82 ERA) comes off the IL to start for Los Angeles. He had been sidelined by right wrist inflammation.