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Adam Engel hits insurance homer in White Sox win

MINNEAPOLIS — Adam Engel wasn’t in the White Sox starting lineup on Friday night, despite the Twins sending left-handed starter Devin Smeltzer to the mound.

Engel stayed prepared and came through with the biggest at-bat of the game after he replaced Luis Robert in center field, as his three-run homer in the seventh helped Chicago win its fourth straight game with a 6-2 victory at Target Field.

Engel entered in the bottom of the second inning after Robert was taken out with lightheadedness.

“As soon as somebody goes down early like that, obviously you hope that there’s nothing seriously wrong with him,” Engel said. “You got to get right into game mode. You got to try and get going in a way that you can find a way to contribute and help the team win.”

Robert walked in his at-bat in the first inning and came around to score on Andrew Vaughn’s two-run single, sliding around Twins catcher Gary Sánchez to swipe his hand across the plate. Robert misplayed a liner from Carlos Correa in center field in the first, leading to an error.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa didn’t have an update on Robert after the game.

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