Giolito spins 4-hit gem, White Sox blank Astros 4-0

HOUSTON (AP) Lucas Giolito was forced to speed up his pace near the end of his last start for the Chicago White Sox because of rain. The results were so good he decided to try it again Thursday night against the Houston Astros, even though there was no need to rush in the climate-controlled confines of Minute Maid Park.

The tactic certainly paid off.

Giolito pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout, rookie Eloy Jimenez hit his third homer in two games and the White Sox beat the Astros 4-0.

''In the last game in the fifth inning, I really picked up the tempo because it started raining,'' he said. ''I was like, why not just try and do that every time? So I was just getting in attack mode early, filling up the zone, and luckily I had my good stuff and we were able to mix sequences really well. It was a good one.''

Chicago manager Rick Renteria was asked what superlative he would use to describe Giolito's performance.

''Every one that's in your book that you can put on a page,'' he said. ''If there was 1,000 of them, use all 1,000.''

Yoan Moncada had an RBI double and Tim Anderson added a run-scoring single for the White Sox, who earned a four-game series split by handing Houston its first set of consecutive losses since May 1-2.

Giolito (6-1) struck out a season-best nine and walked one in winning his fourth start in a row and fifth straight decision.

''He was doing really anything he wanted to,'' Houston manager AJ Hinch said. ''He was really good, so hats off to him for coming in and throwing all of his pitches for strikes. He's changed his delivery, his arm action a little bit. He came in and really commanded the game from the very beginning.''

It was the first nine-inning complete game by a White Sox pitcher since Chris Sale beat Kansas City 7-4 in September 2016, and their first complete-game shutout since Sale threw a two-hitter in a 1-0 win at Tampa Bay on April 15, 2016.

In his previous outing last Saturday, Giolito was credited with his first career complete game when he beat Toronto 4-1 in a game called after 4 1/2 innings because of rain. After that one, the 24-year-old right-hander said he didn't consider it a complete game until he went nine innings.

Didn't take him long to check that box, too.

Giolito threw 82 of his season-high 107 pitches for strikes against a first-place team that began the day leading the majors with an .860 OPS and had homered in 19 consecutive games.

All the hits Giolito allowed were singles. Previously, his longest start was 7 1/3 innings.

''The Astros are a team I always look forward to facing,'' Giolito said. ''A lot of good hitters in that lineup. It's always a fun challenge. They won a World Series a couple of years ago so when you do well against them, it makes you feel pretty good about yourself.''

Jimenez, who was 0 for 7 in the first two games of the series before hitting two homers in a win Wednesday night, connected off fellow rookie Corbin Martin (1-1) for a solo shot in the fourth inning that made it 4-0.

Martin gave up six hits and four runs over 3 1/3 innings in his third career start.

Yolmer Sanchez, who had three hits, doubled to start the third before Martin walked Charlie Tilson. Moncada followed with an RBI double to put Chicago up 1-0. A single by Anderson came next to score Tilson. Moncada scored on an error by Martin when his pickoff attempt to first was high.

Missing injured sluggers Jose Altuve and George Springer, the Astros couldn't get anything going on offense. Their streak of 19 straight games with at least one home run was tied for the longest stretch in franchise history.

Michael Brantley hit his second single for Houston with two outs in the sixth. Giolito retired Carlos Correa to end that inning and pitched a perfect seventh before Max Stassi singled to start the eighth. Giolito struck out Jake Marisnick and Josh Reddick before Alex Bregman lined out to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Springer, who has missed the last four games with stiffness in his lower back, took batting practice on the field and will likely return Friday night, Hinch said. ... Altuve (hamstring) continues to make improvement but there still isn't a target date for his return.

TOUGH ON RIGHT-HANDERS

Anderson had two hits and a walk and is batting .344 against right-handers, which leads the AL.

THEY SAID IT

Jimenez on hitting three home runs in two games: ''It's been good. It means a lot. It's more fun coming (to the park). It's just the beginning of something good.''

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (3-4, 5.14 ERA) starts Friday when Chicago opens a three-game series against the AL Central-leading Twins. Lopez has been strong in his last three starts, posting a 2.29 ERA.

Astros: LHP Wade Miley (4-2, 3.51) is scheduled to start Friday in the opener of a three-game series with Boston. He didn't factor in the decision last time out when he allowed seven hits and three runs - two earned - in five innings of a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox.

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      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Moncada (11), Y. Sanchez (6)
      • HR - E. Jimenez (6)
      • RBI - Y. Moncada (31), T. Anderson (25), E. Jimenez (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Anderson 2 (2), J. Abreu 3 (3), J. McCann, L. Garcia, E. Jimenez 2 (2), Y. Alonso
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman 3 (3), C. Correa, A. Diaz
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. McCann (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Abreu-Anderson)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Martin
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      C. Martin (L, 1-1)3.16431314.971.58-4.5
      F. Valdez2.22001203.861.434.0
      J. James2.03001504.731.284.5
      C. Devenski1.00000105.031.373.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Martin (L, 1-1)3.1
      F. Valdez2.2
      J. James2.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - L. Giolito (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 107-82
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 7-10
      • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 32
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Valdez
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martin 66-41, F. Valdez 37-27, J. James 35-26, C. Devenski 20-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martin 5-2, F. Valdez 4-2, C. Devenski 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Martin 17, F. Valdez 11, J. James 10, C. Devenski 3
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      J. McCann C50100032.333.373.523.8951.5
      L. Garcia CF50100023.272.306.353.6590.0
      E. Jimenez LF41111013.234.280.447.7275.5
      Y. Alonso DH30000121.175.286.313.5990.0
      J. Rondon PR-DH00000000.219.254.359.6130.0
      Y. Sanchez 2B41300000.235.324.311.6345.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Moncada (11), Y. Sanchez (6)
          • HR - E. Jimenez (6)
          • RBI - Y. Moncada (31), T. Anderson (25), E. Jimenez (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Anderson 2 (2), J. Abreu 3 (3), J. McCann, L. Garcia, E. Jimenez 2 (2), Y. Alonso
          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman 3 (3), C. Correa, A. Diaz
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. McCann (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Abreu-Anderson)
          FIELDING
          • E - C. Martin
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Giolito (W, 6-1)9.04001902.771.0636.5
          Total9.0400190---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Giolito (W, 6-1)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Martin (L, 1-1)3.16431314.971.58-4.5
          F. Valdez2.22001203.861.434.0
          J. James2.03001504.731.284.5
          C. Devenski1.00000105.031.373.5
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          PITCHERSIP
          C. Martin (L, 1-1)3.1
          F. Valdez2.2
          J. James2.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - L. Giolito (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 107-82
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 7-10
          • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 32
          PITCHING
          • WP - F. Valdez
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martin 66-41, F. Valdez 37-27, J. James 35-26, C. Devenski 20-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martin 5-2, F. Valdez 4-2, C. Devenski 2-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Martin 17, F. Valdez 11, J. James 10, C. Devenski 3
          • 4TH INNING
            Jimenez homered to left center40
          • 3RD INNING
            Moncada scored, Anderson to second on Martin throwing error30
            Anderson singled to left, Tilson scored, Moncada to third20
            Moncada doubled to right, Sanchez scored, Tilson to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Chris Devenski relieved Josh James
            • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garcia grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to first
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel popped out to third
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. James Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked
            • Jose Rondon ran for Yonder Alonso
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Sanchez singled to shallow right, Rondon to second
            • C. Tilson: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Tilson struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Stassi singled to center
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman lined out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Josh James relieved Framber Valdez
            • T. Anderson: Anderson singled to left center
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Abreu lined out to center
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann singled to center, Anderson to third
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, McCann stole second, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Jimenez struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to left
            • A. Diaz: Foul, Diaz fouled out to catcher
            • T. Kemp: Foul, Foul, Kemp grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Tilson flied out to center
            • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moncada grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley singled to center
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Correa flied out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia singled to center
            • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Foul, Jimenez grounded out to pitcher, Garcia to second
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • T. Kemp: Kemp flied out to left
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
            • J. Marisnick: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Martin Pitching:
            • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Jimenez homered to left center
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso flied out to center
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez singled to center
            • Framber Valdez relieved Corbin Martin
            • C. Tilson: Tilson singled to right, Sanchez to second
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Moncada reached on fielder's choice to second, Sanchez to third, Tilson out at second
            • T. Anderson: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked, Moncada to second
            • J. Abreu: Foul, Abreu lined out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley singled to left center
            • C. Correa: Correa flied out to right
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • A. Diaz: Diaz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Brantley out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Martin Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez doubled to deep left
            • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tilson walked
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada doubled to right, Sanchez scored, Tilson to third
            • T. Anderson: Anderson singled to left, Tilson scored, Moncada to third
            • J. Abreu: Pickoff attempt to first, Moncada scored, Anderson to second on Martin throwing error, Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to first, Anderson to third
            • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to first
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Stassi hit by pitch
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick popped out to second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked, Stassi to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Martin Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to first
            • E. Jimenez: Jimenez grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gurriel lined out to third
            • A. Diaz: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Martin Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Moncada grounded out to third
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Anderson grounded out to third
            • J. Abreu: Abreu singled to center
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCann lined out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Reddick singled to left center
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman flied out to right
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Brantley grounded into double play first to shortstop, Reddick out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)