White Sox’ four-run inning produces tie with Angels

Luis Robert’s RBI double highlights White Sox’ rally.

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Luis Robert doubles off the left-field wall in the White Sox’ four-run fourth.

Luis Robert doubles off the left-field wall in the White Sox’ four-run fourth.

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Rally produces tie

The Sox are 0-1-1 after erasing a 4-0 deficit with four runs in the fourth inning on Luis Robert’s RBI double and Micker Adolfo’s RBI single and sacrifice flies by Adam Eaton and Zach Remillard. Eaton reached base twice, letting a pitch hit him on the arm and slashing a single to left. Robert’s double was a liner off the wall against righty Luke Bard, who allowed all four runs and had to be relieved by Joe Maddon.

What about the pitching?

Right-hander Ryan Burr allowed three runs in the third. Tayron Guerrero loaded the bases with no outs, then escaped by getting a pop-up and two strikeouts.

A warm embrace

Tony La Russa and the Angels’ Albert Pujols hugged behind home plate before the game in a reunion between the manager and slugger who won two World Series together. Eloy Jimenez and Robert accompanied La Russa for the visit. Pujols, who might retire after the season, went 2-for-2 with two RBI singles.

Jose Abreu, who was not on the bus trip to Tempe, would have been second in line to greet Pujols, a friend. He and Pujols share similar traits, La Russa said.

“Abreu deserved the MVP, not just for what he does to help the team with his glove and his bat, but making his teammates better,” La Russa said. “I compare it to the guys that I watched on a daily basis, most recently Albert, Yadier [Molina], [Carlton Fisk] a long, long time ago [with the Sox in the 1980s]. He’s in that company. That’s why he and Albert are friends. They understand the responsibility; they embrace it. Very special.”

On deck

Rangers at Sox, 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, Glendale, NBCSCH, 1000-AM, Kohei Arihara vs. Lucas Giolito. Also slated to pitch for the Sox: Bernardo Flores, Jose Ruiz, Matt Tomshaw and Zack Burdi. Upcoming starters: Mike Wright, Wednesday; Lance Lynn, Thursday; Jonathan Stiever, Friday.

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