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Suárez, Pederson homer, Nelson pitches 6 innings in Diamondbacks’ 7-1 win over White Sox

PHOENIX — Eugenio Suárez homered, Ryne Nelson pitched six solid innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-1 on Friday night for their fourth win in five games and ninth in 13.

Nelson (4-5) allowed six hits, walked one and struck out eight. He threw 95 pitches.

Suárez, who entered the game with a .195 batting average and has seen his playing time decrease, connected for his sixth of the season at left center off Chris Flexen to start the fourth inning.

Flexen (2-6) was retired later in the inning, having allowed nine hits and six runs (four earned), while walking two and striking out two.

Joc Pederson hit a towering home run in the seventh inning against Michael Soroka. It was Pederson’s ninth home run of the season and second in two nights; he hit a grand slam in a win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

Chicago returned to its losing ways after a win Thursday in Seattle. The White Sox have lost five of six and 23 of their last 27. They are 6-30 on the road and are 18-53 (.253) off to the worst start in franchise history.

Chicago took the lead in the second inning on Nicky Lopez’s RBI single, but then the offense faltered. Arizona came back with two in its own half of the second on Tucker Barnhart’s two-run single.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ryne Nelson throws at a Chicago White Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2024, in Phoenix. Credit: AP/Ross D. Franklin

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. singled for a run in the third and Corbin Carroll and Pederson had RBIs in the fourth.

The White Sox didn’t hit a single home run and broke their 14-game homer streak, which was tied for the longest in the Majors this season.

EVERYTHING IN THE PHAM

The White Sox activated OF Tommy Pham from rehab. He had been out since June 2 with a sprained left ankle. Chicago also called up RHP Chad Kuhl from Triple-A Charlotte.

Eugenio Suárez of Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates his home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Friday, June 14, 2024, in Phoenix. Credit: AP/Ross D. Franklin

Pham, who hit .280 with three home runs for the White Sox this season, ended last season with the Diamondbacks after being acquired from the New York Mets. He hit six home runs in 50 games for Arizona and hit .279 with three home runs in 16 postseason games as Arizona advanced to the World Series.

Pham went 1 for 4 on Friday and started the game with a single.

Before Friday’s game, Pham received his National League championship ring from Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo.

“We couldn’t have done this without him,” Lovullo said before the game. “I am a big fan.”

Kuhl, a seven-year veteran, previously pitched for Pittsburgh, Colorado and Washington. Last season he was 0-4 with an 8.45 ERA in 16 games with the Nationals.

To make room, the White Sox selected Zach DeLoach and RHP Jordan Leasure for Charlotte.

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RHP Erick Fedde (4-1, 3.10) was scheduled to start for the White Sox on Saturday. The Diamondbacks did not announce a starter.