Dodgers Down White Sox to Open Homestand

Dodgers Down White Sox to Open Homestand
Luis Robert Jr. (88) of the Chicago White Sox steals second base against Miguel Vargas #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on June 13, 2023. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Will Smith and David Peralta hit first-inning home runs, Tony Gonsolin went six scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers earned a 5–1 victory against the visiting Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, June 13.

Gonsolin (4–1) gave up two hits with six strikeouts as the Dodgers returned from a disappointing 2–4 road trip to Cincinnati and Philadelphia with the victory in the opener of a three-game series and a six-game homestand.

White Sox starter Lance Lynn (4–7) recovered from a wobbly first inning with four scoreless before he was charged with a run in the sixth. In giving up five runs (four earned) in five-plus innings, Lynn has now given up a combined 18 runs over his last three starts following a three-start winning streak.

Yasmani Grandal had a ninth-inning sacrifice fly for the White Sox, who dropped their third consecutive game following a 6–1 run and fell in the opener of a six-game road trip that includes a visit to Seattle. Chicago was playing in its first game at Los Angeles since 2017.

The Dodgers’ productive opening inning started with a one-out walk to Freddie Freeman before Smith pulled a home run to left field on his bobblehead night for a 2–0 lead. It was his 10th of the season. After Jason Heyward hit a single, Peralta hit a two-out home run for a 4–0 lead.

The Dodgers put two aboard in the sixth before Lynn was replaced by left-hander Garrett Crochet. An error by White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada loaded the bases before a sacrifice fly from Miguel Vargas gave Los Angeles a 5–0 lead.

The White Sox prevented a sixth Dodgers run in the seventh inning when right fielder Clint Frazier threw out Mookie Betts at the plate following a single by rookie Jonny Deluca, whose hit came in his first home at-bat.

The Dodgers improved to a National League-best 21–10 at home, while ending a two-game losing streak in their own park.