White Sox slug their way past McCutchen, Pirates 11-5

Chicago White Sox pitching remains very much a work in progress. Their bats, however, appear to be just fine - especially on the road.

Yasmani Grandal, Luis Robert Jr., Oscar Colás had two hits and drove in two runs each as Chicago beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-5 on Saturday night.

Tim Anderson, Andrew Benintendi and Andrew Vaughn also had two hits each for the White Sox, who jumped on Vince Velasquez (0-2) early to end a two-game skid. Elvis Andrus also drove in two runs on a sacrifice fly and an RBI single.

"We got one job and that's go out and hit and play defense," Anderson said. "So, we just go out and have fun. We let the pitchers do their thing and try to back them up as much as we can. I'm sure it will come around. They compete on every pitch. All we can do is be behind them and support them."

Chicago pounded out 14 hits in all against Velasquez and four relievers. The White Sox have at least 10 hits in all six road games this season.

Velasquez lasted just 2 2/3 innings against the team he played for in 2022 as Pittsburgh saw its four-game winning streak snapped. Velasquez struggled with his command, allowing five runs, six hits and four walks while getting just eight outs.

Mike Clevinger (2-0) wasn't nearly as crisp as he was in his Chicago debut last week, when he tossed five shutout innings against World Series champion Houston. Clevinger gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and a strikeout.

"It was a battle," Clevinger said. "Kind of struggling to get the heater to drive straight. I was kind of leaking a little bit. Some really good defense behind me. And (Grandal was) working behind the plate. Lucky have this offense behind me to make it more comfortable."

Clevinger's middling performance still marked a minor step forward for a staff that entered with a major league-high 7.70 ERA.