Giolito dominant again, White Sox top Indians 2-0

CHICAGO (AP) After struggling mightily last season, Lucas Giolito is developing into one of best starters in the majors.

The 24-year-old right-hander pitched five-hit ball into the eighth inning 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 improving to 6-0 with a 1.03 ERA in his last six starts. He hasn't lost in almost two months.

The consistency is a far cry from a year ago when he was 10-13 with a 6.13 ERA in his first full season in the majors.

''It's a little bit of a relief after last year,'' he said. ''I know a lot of people were doubting me, at times I doubted myself, but I went into the offseason with a new plan and the plan is working, so I'm gonna stick with it.''

Simply put, the plan is to throw more strikes and trust his stuff.

''He's put in a lot of work,'' manager Rick Renteria said. ''He's attacking the strike zone very effectively, mixing in all of his pitches, commanding the strike zone, first-pitch strikes - all those things that you want him to do.''

Aaron Bummer got two outs in the eighth and Alex Colome 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 Sanchez 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 Colome 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.

''He fell behind a little dangerous hitter and paid for it,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of Plesac. ''Other than that, he didn't back down. It's a shame we didn't score because he pitched a great game.''

The closest thing the Indians had to a rally came in the fifth when Greg Allen doubled down the right-field line with one out. Roberto Perez then lifted a drive to right-center in a bid for another extra-base hit, but Leury Garcia made a nice running catch on the warning track.

''I thought that one was on its way out, to be honest,'' Giolito said. ''Luckily the park held it and Leury made a heck of a catch.''

He then struck out Leonys Martin to end the threat.

Giolito exited after Perez singled with one out in the eighth. Bummer came on and induced pinch hitter Jordan Luplow to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

D.C. BOUND

Giolito, who made his major league debut with the Nationals in 2016, is looking forward to Chicago's upcoming two-game trip to Washington.

''I wish I was pitching, but unfortunately that's just how it is,'' he said. ''It's gonna be cool. I haven't been back there in a long time. I'm excited to get around the city and see some of the old spots I used to go to.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

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 Yoan 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,'' Renteria said. ''I think it's time for us to give him a back-to-back days. That'll be really helpful for him.''

UP NEXT

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 Lopez (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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  • W: L. Giolito (8-1)L: Z. Plesac (0-1)S: A. Colome (12)
  • HR: CHW - T. Anderson (9)
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Y. Sanchez 2B21000101.252.341.311.6522.0
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    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (6), G. Allen (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado, J. Kipnis 2 (2), L. Martin
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Anderson (8), J. Abreu (15)
    • HR - T. Anderson (9)
    • RBI - T. Anderson 2 (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Anderson (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Abreu 2 (2), J. McCann, C. Tilson
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - T. Anderson (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Santana)
    • PB - K. Plawecki
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Alonso-Anderson; Anderson-Sanchez-Alonso)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Plesac (L, 0-1)7.04111711.460.8116.5
    J. Smith0.20112105.402.10-2.5
    A. Cole0.11000101.931.18-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Plesac (L, 0-1)7.0
    J. Smith0.2
    A. Cole0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Giolito (W, 8-1)7.15000902.540.9530.5
    A. Bummer (H, 3)0.20000000.600.670.0
    A. Colome (S, 12)1.01000101.520.599.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Giolito (W, 8-1)7.1
    A. Bummer (H, 3)0.2
    A. Colome (S, 12)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 96-65, J. Smith 17-9, A. Cole 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 6-6
    • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 24, J. Smith 4, A. Cole 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 103-68, A. Bummer 4-3, A. Colome 11-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 5-7, A. Bummer 1-0, A. Colome 1-1
    • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 26, A. Bummer, A. Colome 4
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    O. Mercado RF-CF40100013.278.350.389.7390.5
    C. Santana 1B40000023.286.405.510.915-1.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40000022.220.282.321.602-1.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30000000.206.308.313.6210.0
    J. Bauers DH30000020.216.311.341.652-1.0
    G. Allen LF30100010.169.225.323.5481.5
    R. Perez C30100011.218.319.403.7230.5
    M. Freeman PR0000-000.244.396.293.000-
    K. Plawecki C00000000.172.274.313.5860.0
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    • a-grounded into a double play for Martin in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Garcia CF20000210.293.330.369.6991.5
    T. Anderson SS41221001.330.362.508.8708.0
    J. Abreu DH40100022.246.292.504.7971.0
    J. McCann C30100011.338.379.507.8870.5
    E. Jimenez LF30000031.223.273.392.666-1.5
    R. Cordell RF00000000.233.320.384.7030.0
    J. Rondon 3B30000001.207.253.317.5700.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30100010.187.287.326.6130.5
    Y. Sanchez 2B21000101.252.341.311.6522.0
    C. Tilson RF-LF30000012.272.330.337.667-0.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (6), G. Allen (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado, J. Kipnis 2 (2), L. Martin
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Anderson (8), J. Abreu (15)
      • HR - T. Anderson (9)
      • RBI - T. Anderson 2 (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Anderson (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Abreu 2 (2), J. McCann, C. Tilson
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - T. Anderson (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Santana)
      • PB - K. Plawecki
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Alonso-Anderson; Anderson-Sanchez-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Plesac (L, 0-1)7.04111711.460.8116.5
      J. Smith0.20112105.402.10-2.5
      A. Cole0.11000101.931.18-0.5
      Total8.0522391---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Plesac (L, 0-1)7.0
      J. Smith0.2
      A. Cole0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Giolito (W, 8-1)7.15000902.540.9530.5
      A. Bummer (H, 3)0.20000000.600.670.0
      A. Colome (S, 12)1.01000101.520.599.5
      Total9.06000100---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Giolito (W, 8-1)7.1
      A. Bummer (H, 3)0.2
      A. Colome (S, 12)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Plesac 96-65, J. Smith 17-9, A. Cole 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Plesac 6-6
      • Batters Faced - Z. Plesac 24, J. Smith 4, A. Cole 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 103-68, A. Bummer 4-3, A. Colome 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 5-7, A. Bummer 1-0, A. Colome 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 26, A. Bummer, A. Colome 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Anderson doubled to deep left, Sanchez scored, Garcia to third02
      • 4TH INNING
        Anderson homered to center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Alex Colome relieved Aaron Bummer
        • Ryan Cordell in right field
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor doubled to deep left
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Mercado flied out to shallow right
        • Ca. Santana: Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to first, Lindor to third
        • J. Kipnis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Allen grounded out to first
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez singled to right center
        • Aaron Bummer relieved Lucas Giolito
        • Mike Freeman ran for Roberto Perez
        • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Luplow grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Freeman out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jordan Luplow hit for Leonys Martin
        • Josh Smith relieved Zach Plesac
        • Kevin Plawecki catching
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso flied out to deep left
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked
        • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Tilson struck out looking
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia walked
        • A.J. Cole relieved Josh Smith
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson doubled to deep left, Sanchez scored, Garcia to third
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis lined out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez popped out to third
        • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, McCann singled to deep center
        • E. Jimenez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jimenez struck out looking
        • Jo. Rondon: Rondon grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, McCann out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Mercado singled to center
        • Ca. Santana: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Santana grounded into double play shortstop to first, Mercado out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked
        • T. Anderson: Anderson reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Garcia out at second
        • J. Abreu: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Anderson caught stealing second, pitcher to first, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Abreu struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bauers lined out to center
        • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Allen doubled to deep right
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez flied out to deep center
        • L. Martin: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • Jo. Rondon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rondon flied out to shallow right
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Foul, Alonso singled to left
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez flied out to shallow left
        • C. Tilson: Tilson flied out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez flied out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Anderson homered to center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu lined out to first
        • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, McCann flied out to deep right
        • E. Jimenez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martin popped out to third
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to left
        • O. Mercado: Mercado reached on fielder's choice to second, Lindor out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to first
        • C. Tilson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Tilson lined out to center
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
        • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
        • Jo. Rondon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rondon grounded out to third
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Lindor singled to left center
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mercado struck out looking
        • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Plesac Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Foul, Garcia grounded out to third
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Abreu: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Abreu doubled to deep left
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)