Shea Langeliers homers twice as Oakland A’s beat White Sox 8-5

Aug 25, 2023, 7:15 AM

Shea Langeliers #23 of the Oakland Athletics hits a three-run home run in the fourth inning against...

Shea Langeliers #23 of the Oakland Athletics hits a three-run home run in the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 24, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Shea Langeliers homered twice, Zack Gelof hit a tiebreaking two-run drive in the seventh inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the White Sox 8-5 on Thursday night.

Luis Robert Jr. reached high above the center field wall to snag a potential home run and launched a long drive an inning later. Even though their star delivered with his glove and bat, the Chicago White Sox lost again. This time, to the team with the worst record in baseball.

Robert did his part, robbing Brent Rooker of a homer and smacking a 444-foot drive.

“Every loss is difficult, but tomorrow’s another day and we’ll try to win,” Robert said through an interpreter.

It’s been a particularly rough week for the White Sox, who have lost nine of 12. They fired executive vice president Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn on Tuesday and opened a four-game series between teams with among the four poorest records in the major leagues on a losing note.

They combined for eight homers on a hot and humid night, with the Athletics hitting five on the way to their third win in four games.

Gelof put Oakland (37-91) on top for good when he lined a 2-2 pitch from Jimmy Lambert (2-3) just beyond the left-field wall after Ryan Noda singled with two outs, making it 7-5. The rookie has 10 homers in 35 games since being called up last month.

“He showed us signs in spring training, that he did everything possible to make this team,” manager Mark Kotsay said. “We felt like he needed a little bit more time in Triple-A. He didn’t put his head down, didn’t mope, didn’t pout. Worked his tail off there. He’s getting his opportunity now to kind of show us why he should have started the season here.”

The surging Langeliers hit a three-run drive in the fourth and chased Jesse Scholtens with a solo shot in the sixth that tied it at 5-all, giving him four home runs in four games. It was his second career multi-homer game.

Rooker hit a solo drive in the sixth after getting robbed of a two-run shot in the fourth by Robert. Tony Kemp added a solo homer in the eighth.

Ken Waldichuk went five innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. Lucas Erceg (3-3) worked an inning. Trevor May came on in the ninth for his 14th save in 17 chances.

Chicago’s Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer in the first, Elvis Andrus connected leading off a four-run fifth and Robert capped that inning with a two-run drive that made it 5-3. Scholtens gave up five runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

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