Home runs power White Sox past Indians

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Carson Fulmer struck out four Indians while allowing four runs Monday.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tyler Saladino hit a grand slam, and Cody Asche and Rymer Liriano also went deep in an eight-run second inning that propelled the White Sox to a 9-5 Cactus League victory over the Indians on Monday at Camelback Ranch.

The Sox did their damage against right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who threw mainly fastballs. Peter Bourjos had two hits including a double, and Saladino — who is batting .480 this spring —was 3-for-4 with a double.

Fulmer OK with outing

Carson Fulmer, the No. 8 overall draft pick in 2015, gave up seven hits, including a homer to Yan Gomes, in four-plus innings, but the right-hander was pleased. “I felt like I threw a ton of strikes, walks [one] weren’t an issue and I was able to get swings and misses on my changeup,’’ said Fulmer, who struck out four. “I threw the breaking ball for strikes. I accomplished everything I wanted to today.’’

The pitching star of the day was 31-year-old right-hander Anthony Swarzak, a former Indian, Twin and Yankee, who struck out five in two scoreless innings.

Fleet Pete

Peter Bourjos, signed to a minor-league contract in the offseason, came to camp with a good chance of making the team as a fourth outfielder. The former Angel, Cardinal and Phillie is helping his cause with a .385 average, but manager Rick Renteria continues to lump Bourjos, Jacob May and Adam Engel into one group with equal chances of being the Opening Day starter in center. Bourjos is the only one with major-league experience. May and Engel figured to open the season at Class AAA Charlotte, but Charlie Tilson’s injury opened a door.

On deck

White Sox at Mariners, Peoria, 3:10 p.m., CSN, Lucas Giolito vs. James Paxton. Carlos Rodon will pitch in a simulated game.

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