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White Sox Defeat Rays


(CHICAGO) White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito struck out a career-high ten batters and got some help with home runs from Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu as the White Sox clinched the series win vs Tampa Bay with a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon.  Tim Anderson finished a triple shy of the cycle for the South Siders.


Lucas Duda hit his 26th home run in the fourth inning for Tampa Bay while Matt Andriese made his first start since June 10th allowing five runs over five innings of work in the loss.


“I threw a lot of changeups,” said Giolito, who became the third White Sox pitcher in 2017 to strike out 10-plus batters. “Just commanding the fastball from the get-go, being able to throw it low and up in the zone. Just having that good rhythm with Smitty [catcher Kevan Smith] back there. I probably only shook him off once or twice. Just throwing good pitches in good situations and being able to stay ahead, for the most part.”


The Rays drop to 68-70 on the year and finish their road trip at 5-4.  Tampa Bay also remains four games in back of the second Wild Card in the American League.


After missing the previous three games due to a pinch in his right elbow, Jose Abreu returned to the lineup as the White Sox designated hitter after Tyler Saladino was scratched due to a hand injury. In his second at-bat in the third inning, Abreu clocked his 27th homer of the season on the first pitch of the at-bat from Andriese, with Anderson on first base after an RBI single.


“We feed off him,” Anderson said of Abreu’s return.


The White Sox now host the red-hot A.L. Central leading Cleveland Indians beginning on Monday with a 1:10pm CT pitch time at Guarantee Rate Field.  James Shields will take the hill for Chicago.



Information courtesy: Chicago White Sox, and MLB