EditorsNote: Corrects DeSclafani in final graf
Yoan Moncada laced a tiebreaking three-run triple in the top of the 12th inning Tuesday night for the visiting Chicago White Sox, who came back from four- and five-run deficits to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 12-8, at Great American Ball Park.
The White Sox won for the second time in six games. The Reds lost for just the fourth time in their last 16 games.
The White Sox appeared well on their way to a lopsided loss when starting pitcher Lucas Giolito gave up four runs before recording an out in the first inning and again when they fell behind 7-2 in the fifth.
But Avisail Garcia and Daniel Palka, who each finished with two homers, went back-to-back in the sixth to spark a four-run inning.
The White Sox completed their first comeback on Leury Garcia’s pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the eighth before the Reds used small ball to go ahead in the bottom of the inning, when Billy Hamilton singled, went to second on a bunt, stole third and scored on Scooter Gennett’s groundout.
Avisail Garcia once again pulled the White Sox even in the ninth by homering with one out. The two teams traded zeroes until the 12th, when Chicago loaded the bases with none out against Jackson Stephens (2-1), the Reds’ eighth pitcher, via a walk and errors by Gennett at second and Eugenio Suarez at third.
With one out, Moncada tripled to deep right field. Yolmer Sanchez tripled four pitches later, when Brandon Dixon momentarily caught the ball as he crashed into the fence but lost the ball when his glove popped off due to the impact.
Hector Santiago (3-3), the sixth White Sox pitcher, earned the win by recording all six outs via strikeout over two hitless innings.
Palka opened the scoring for the White Sox with a two-run homer in the fourth while Matt Davidson (double) and Adam Engel (groundout) had an RBI apiece in the sixth after the back-to-back home runs. Moncada and Avisail Garcia had three hits each.
Gennett and Suarez each hit two-run homers in the first inning for the Reds, who later extended their lead to five runs on Adam Duvall’s three-run shot in the fifth. Jose Peraza and Jesse Winker had two hits apiece.
Giolito recovered from the rough start to last five innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three. Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani gave up five runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings.
—Field Level Media