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.
“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.