Eloy Jimenez hits his 1st home run at home in White Sox's 7-5 win over Nationals: 'I'm going to watch it every single day'

Eloy Jimenez couldn’t stop smiling, his grin stretching almost as far as his 462-foot shot to center field.

The great home-run drought at Guaranteed Rate Field was over. The White Sox rookie left fielder hit his first homer at home Tuesday, just one of his highlights during a 7-5 win over the Nationals.

“I tried to hit it, like, the first day I got here, but it happened today and I feel really excited after that,” said Jimenez, who launched a solo shot on Patrick Corbin’s 1-1 pitch to lead off the fourth. He has homered in three of his last four games.

Welington Castillo hit a grand slam in the first inning and somehow took a backseat in the limelight.

Not only did Jimenez get a significant milestone out of the way, but his blast was the sixth-longest by a Sox player at the ballpark. The longest belongs to Joe Borchard, a 504-footer on Aug. 30, 2004, versus the Phillies.

Jimenez initially didn’t see where the ball landed, but he did retrieve it.

“I’m going to put it in my room and I’m going to watch it every single day,” he said.

Jimenez — who also doubled in the fifth and scored three runs — may have been pressing a little to knock one out for the home crowd, but it didn’t seem be an issue, manager Rick Renteria said.

“Maybe he’s trying to show everybody what he’s about, but I don’t think he’s thinking about it too much,” Renteria said. “I think he’s just settling in. Is it probably a relief? It’s possible.

“Just in general, I feel his improvement across the board, at the plate and in the field, is starting to show a little bit.”

Jimenez added: “I’ve been getting good at-bats, and you see what happens. That’s what I started to do. Not think about hits or homers. It’s just get a good pitch to hit and take a hack.”

That’s what Castillo did in the first when he launched Corbin’s 2-0 two-seamer 428 feet to center field with Jose Abreu, James McCann and Jimenez aboard. Castillo got the start behind the plate so he could manage Manny Banuelos, while the hot-hitting McCann served as the designated hitter for the fourth time.

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 (1-0) with two out in the fifth after issuing a walk and a single.

Nationals right fielder Adam Eaton had a chance to spoil his former team’s night during a two-run 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.

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