Pirates, Williams send White Sox to 12th loss in 14 games

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trevor Williams scattered six hits in seven innings, Adam Frazier homered to start a four-run first, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the White Sox, 7-0, Tuesday night to send Chicago to its worst start since 1948.

Chicago has lost eight of nine and 12 of 14, dropping to a major league-worst 10-28. The White Sox have matched the poorest 38-game start in team history.

Williams (5-2) struck out six and walked none in his longest outing of the season. Kyle Crick and Richard Rodriguez completed the seven-hitter for Pittsburgh’s major league league-best seventh shutout.

Josh Bell doubled twice and drove in three runs, Sean Rodriguez had an RBI triple, and Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco each added run-scoring doubles.

Reynaldo Lopez (0-3) gave up six runs and seven hits with two walks in two-plus innings. Pittsburgh built its 4-0 lead on Frazier’s homer, Bellás two-run double and Moran’s double.

Rodriguez and Bell had run-scoring hits in the second. Polanco, who also had two hits, had an RBI double in the sixth.

Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte left the game at the end of the first inning with discomfort in his right side. Marte doubled and scored in the bottom of the first. He was replaced by Rodriguez. Catcher Francisco Cervelli left the game at the end of the third inning with right forearm discomfort.