Giolito edges out Plesac in head-to-head battle, White Sox beat Indians 2-0
CHICAGO (AP) — Lucas Giolito tossed five-hit ball into the eighth inning to earn his sixth straight win and Tim Anderson homered, lifting the Chicago White Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Giolito (8-1) struck out nine and walked none while extending his scoreless streak to 14 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander went 5-0 with a 1.74 ERA in six May starts.
Aaron Bummer got two outs in the eighth and Alex Colomé finished for his 12th save in 12 chances.
Anderson led off the fourth with a drive to left-center for his ninth homer. He also doubled in Yolmer Sánchez with two out in the eighth, helping Chicago close out a 6-1 homestand.
Francisco Lindor had three of Cleveland’s six hits. He led off the ninth with a double to left, but Colomé retired the next three batters.
The Indians wasted a strong performance by Zach Plesac (0-1), who allowed four hits in seven innings in his second start in the majors.
The right-hander is the nephew of former major league reliever Dan Plesac, who pitched for six teams in 18 seasons.
The closest thing Cleveland had to a rally came in the fifth when Greg Allen doubled down the right-field line with one out. Roberto Pérez then lifted a drive to right-center in a bid for another extra-base hit, but Leury Garcia made a nice running catch.
Giolito then struck out Leonys Martín to end the threat.
Giolito exited after Pérez singled with one out in the eighth. Bummer came on and induced pinch hitter Jordan Luplow to bounce into an inning-ending double play.
Indians: RHP Dan Otero (shoulder inflammation) was placed on the 10-day injured list and LHP Josh Smith was recalled from Triple-A Columbus. … RHP Jefry Rodriguez, who left Saturday’s start after four innings with right lat tightness, was scheduled to undergo an MRI in Cleveland on Sunday.
White Sox: 3B Yoán Moncada was held out of the lineup to give him two days of rest with Monday’s day off. “He’s been dealing with a leg issue,” manager Rick Renteria said. “I think it’s time for us to give him a back-to-back days. That’ll be really helpful for him.”
Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (4-2, 3.67 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game home series against Minnesota on Tuesday night. LHP Devin Smeltzer (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second start of the season for the Twins.
White Sox: RHP Reynaldo López (3-5, 6.20 ERA) faces his former team Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game series at Washington. RHP Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 3.19 ERA) pitches for the Nationals.
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