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White Sox set club record in second inning vs. Reds

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CINCINNATI — The White Sox had been struggling with men on base lately but quickly changed that narrative with an 11-run outburst in the second inning of Sunday’s game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Chicago sent 14 batters to the plate for what became its highest-scoring frame since Aug. 17, 2007 (at Kansas City, 11 runs) — and its highest-scoring second inning in franchise history.

The offensive eruption could hardly have come at a better time, especially on the heels of losing cleanup hitter Eloy Jiménez, who is expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing an appendectomy on Saturday.

Coming into the rubber match of the series, Chicago was last in the Majors dating back to April 22 with a .176 batting average with runners in scoring position. That was a major issue on Saturday, when the Sox went 1-for-8 with runners on in a two-run loss.

Luis Robert Jr. started the inning with a walk and came around to score on Hanser Alberto’s towering, 378-foot home run to left field, his second in as many days. Yasmani Grandal and Elvis Andrus singled to right field, but the bottom of the order produced two outs — which might have signaled the end of the rally in days past.

But the next seven White Sox reached base, highlighted by Andrew Benintendi’s bases-loaded single, Andrew Vaughn’s triple to right, and Gavin Sheets’ three-run, 410-foot dinger to right field.

In all, the White Sox were 5-for-6 with runners in scoring position in the second — more RISP hits than they had in their last three games combined.

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