DETROIT — White Sox rookie second baseman Yoan Moncada had the first four-hit game of his young career Thursday, following his fifth homer of the season with three singles in the first six innings, walking twice after that to reach base six times and tying Hall of Famer Tim Raines’ franchise record with five runs scored in the Sox’ 17-7 rout of the Tigers at Comerica Park.
The Sox pounded Tigers pitching for 25 hits, including 21 singles to tie a club record shared by the 1981 and 1922 Sox. Avisail Garcia had career highs with five hits and seven RBI aided by a three-run homer, raising his average to .333 and RBI total to 77.
Batting second in the first inning against Tigers lefty Chad Bell, Moncada hit his second consecutive homer from the right side of the plate. While he owned a decent .331 on-base percentage going into the game, aided by 22 walks in 38 games, Moncada hasn’t hit for consistent average until the last week. He extended his hitting streak to six games Thursday and is 12-for-27 during that stretch, raising his average from .179 to .230.
In his fifth plate appearance, Moncada walked against right-hander Joe Jimenez in the seventh inning. He would score his fourth run, the first Sox since Melky Cabrera to score four in a run last September.
Moncada tied Raines’ record set against the Red Sox in 1994 when he scored on Matt Davidson’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Moncada struck out looking against Tigers righty Shane Greene in the ninth, completing a 4-for-5 afternoon with a homer and two walks.
Garcia became the second White Sox with five hits and seven RBI since at least 1913. The other was Carl Reynolds against the Yankees on July 2, 1930 at the Yankees.
The Sox’ 25 hits were the most since they had 24 at the Angels on May 25, 2009.
Moncada, who has been ranked as the No. 1 prospect in baseball for much of the year, has five homers and 15 RBI since being called up from Class AAA Charlotte on July 19.
Garcia’s first two hits were against Bell, raising his average against lefties to a major league best .442. Fifteen of his 17 homers are against righties, however, including his opposite field poke against Jeff Ferrell in the sixth.
The Sox (58-87) entered their four-game series with the Tigers (60-85) in last place in the AL Central, but now have a chance to pass Detroit at the bottom of the standings. The Tigers have lost five in a row while the Sox have four of their last five.