Welington Castillo's grand slam and Eloy Jimenez's homer power White Sox to 7-5 win over Nationals

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CHICAGO -- White Sox catcher Welington Castillo got the start Tuesday so he could manage starter Manny Banuelos. It ended up paying off at the plate too.

Castillo hit a grand slam in the first inning, and it sent the Sox on their way to a 7-5 victory over the Nationals at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Catcher James McCann served as the designated hitter for the fourth time. "Let's keep his hot bat in there," manager Rick Renteria said before the game.

McCann crossed the plate with Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez when Castillo got a hold of Nationals starter Patrick Corbin's 2-0 two-seamer and launched it 428 feet to center field. Castillo's previous blast came against the Nationals on Wednesday in Washington when he homered off Wander Suero in the eighth.

Jimenez had an active night as well, hitting his first home run at Guaranteed Rate in the fourth, doubling in the fifth and scoring three runs.

Banuelos, who lasted 4 2/3 innings, gave up a first-inning two-run homer to Anthony Rendon but avoided the landslide innings of recent outings. He pitched out of the third with men on first and third and two out, then yielded to Evan Marshall with two outs in the fifth after issuing a walk and a single.

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Former Sox outfielder Adam Eaton had a chance to spoil the Sox's night in the eighth, working Alex Colome to a 3-2 count with the bases loaded, but Colome got him to fly out to center.

Rendon's second homer of the night capped the scoring in the ninth, but Colome was able to record the save.

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