Giolito dominant in 7th straight win as White Sox top Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Lucas Giolito hasn't lost or given up more than three runs in a start since mid-April. The Royals have been striking out at an alarming rate.

Given those trends, Giolito's latest dominant outing wasn't much of a surprise.

Giolito worked into the eighth inning and had a career-high 11 strikeouts - all in the first five innings - to win his seventh consecutive start, outdueling Brad Keller as the Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City 2-0 on Saturday.

''Giolito's tough on everybody right now,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He has changed his whole delivery over the last year and a half, two years. Now he's shortened up his arm stroke and his changeup is dynamic. It's a plus-plus changeup. He's got great arm speed. His slider's a plus slider. Anywhere from 93 to 96 (mph) with his fastball, with command. He's just kind of come into his own and quite frankly has developed into one of the best pitchers in this league.''

Giolito (9-1) allowed three hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.28. He has allowed no more than one run in six of his seven straight wins. Giolito went 10-13 with a 6.13 ERA in 2018, his first full season.

The hottest pitcher in baseball said he was merely executing catcher James McCann's game plan.

''I threw a lot of fastballs and sliders, because I'm usually fastball/changeup heavy,'' Giolito said. ''They had some righties in the lineup, so we waited until the fourth inning. We were able to keep them off-balance and get a lot of weak contact.''

Or no contact at all.

Giolito recorded eight consecutive outs via strikeout from the start of the second inning until he retired Nicky Lopez on a foul pop to end the fourth. Then he struck out the side again in a perfect fifth.

The Royals have seen him more than anyone - he's 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA in four starts against Kansas City this season.

''His numbers don't lie,'' Keller said. ''He's been throwing the ball really, really well. You know it's going to be a low-scoring game. You just try to limit them as much as possible.''

Rookie Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Keller (3-8), who otherwise was nearly as good as Giolito. Jimenez's blast snapped a 42-inning homerless streak for Keller, who worked eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four.

''Keller did a nice job minimizing damage, holding us to two runs,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''It was a pitching duel on both sides. It was a nice game.''

The Royals reached double figures in strikeouts for the 10th time in their last 15 games. They have 149 Ks over that span. Ryan O'Hearn fanned in his first two at-bats, extending his streak of games with multiple strikeouts to five.

Yost was ejected for arguing a strike call to Alex Gordon in the sixth inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

LHP Danny Duffy, who was hit by a line drive in Thursday's start against Boston, is on track to make his next start against Detroit. ''He's feeling better. He'll get an extra day because of the off day on Monday, but we'll make the determination when we get closer,'' Yost said.

UP NEXT

The White Sox will send RHP Reynaldo Lopez (3-6, 6.62 ERA) to the mound in Sunday's series finale. RHP Glenn Sparkman (1-1, 3.77), who was ejected in the second inning on May 29 against Chicago when he hit shortstop Tim Anderson in the head with a changeup, starts for Kansas City. The Royals will try to win the rubber game of a series for the first time since May 30, 2018 - an 0-13 stretch in that situation.

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  • W: L. Giolito (9-1)L: B. Keller (3-8)S: A. Colome (13)
  • HR: CHW - E. Jimenez (7)
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      BATTING
      • HR - E. Jimenez (7)
      • RBI - E. Jimenez 2 (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Rondon 2 (2), C. Tilson
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon, J. Soler, N. Lopez 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi (24)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. McCann (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lopez-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Giolito (W, 9-1)7.230021102.280.9231.5
      A. Bummer (H, 4)0.10000000.520.580.0
      A. Colome (S, 13)1.00000202.190.6511.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Giolito (W, 9-1)7.2
      A. Bummer (H, 4)0.1
      A. Colome (S, 13)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (L, 3-8)8.05221414.291.3816.0
      W. Peralta1.00000104.451.523.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (L, 3-8)8.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 111-74, A. Bummer 3-2, A. Colome 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 4-8, A. Bummer 1-0, A. Colome 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 28, A. Bummer, A. Colome 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 98-66, W. Peralta 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 14-5, W. Peralta 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29, W. Peralta 3
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      J. Abreu 1B30000110.251.300.510.8100.5
      J. McCann C40000002.333.376.497.8720.0
      J. Rondon DH41100012.213.255.315.5701.5
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      T. Anderson SS30100010.321.351.491.8420.5
      Y. Sanchez 2B30100001.255.337.309.6461.0
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        W. Merrifield RF40200011.298.348.487.8351.5
        A. Gordon LF40100002.284.365.498.8631.0
        A. Mondesi SS40000012.277.312.469.7801.5
        J. Soler DH40000032.236.286.496.782-1.5
        C. Cuthbert 3B30000120.323.344.613.9570.0
        N. Lopez 2B30000012.211.260.289.549-0.5
        R. O'Hearn 1B30000020.185.288.320.608-1.0
        C. Gallagher C30000020.182.225.197.422-1.0
        T. Gore CF20000110.297.333.378.7120.5
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          BATTING
          • HR - E. Jimenez (7)
          • RBI - E. Jimenez 2 (16)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Rondon 2 (2), C. Tilson
          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon, J. Soler, N. Lopez 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Mondesi (24)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. McCann (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Lopez-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Giolito (W, 9-1)7.230021102.280.9231.5
          A. Bummer (H, 4)0.10000000.520.580.0
          A. Colome (S, 13)1.00000202.190.6511.0
          Total9.03002130---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Giolito (W, 9-1)7.2
          A. Bummer (H, 4)0.1
          A. Colome (S, 13)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller (L, 3-8)8.05221414.291.3816.0
          W. Peralta1.00000104.451.523.5
          Total9.0522151---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller (L, 3-8)8.0
          W. Peralta1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 111-74, A. Bummer 3-2, A. Colome 18-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 4-8, A. Bummer 1-0, A. Colome 1-0
          • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 28, A. Bummer, A. Colome 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 98-66, W. Peralta 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 14-5, W. Peralta 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29, W. Peralta 3
          • 2ND INNING
            Jimenez homered to right, Rondon scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Wily Peralta relieved Brad Keller
            • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Ball, Abreu lined out to third
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to third
            • Jo. Rondon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Colome relieved Aaron Bummer
            • Ryan Cordell in right field
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to second
            • J. Soler: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Tilson grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia grounded out to first
            • Y. Moncada: Moncada lined out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Strike swinging, Gallagher grounded out to second
            • T. Gore: Ball, Gore flied out to right
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to center
            • Aaron Bummer relieved Lucas Giolito
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jimenez grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson singled to right
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Sanchez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Anderson out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Cuthbert lined out to second
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Lopez grounded out to second
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, O'Hearn fouled out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garcia lined out to center
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada singled to left
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Abreu walked, Moncada to second
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann reached on fielder's choice to third, Moncada to third, Abreu out at second
            • Jo. Rondon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rondon lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Garcia singled to right
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon flied out to center
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Mondesi reached on fielder's choice to first, Merrifield out at second
            • J. Soler: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Mondesi stole second, Mondesi to third on catcher McCann throwing error, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez flied out to left
            • C. Tilson: Ball, Tilson grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
            • T. Gore: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gore struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Foul, Ball, Garcia grounded out to first
            • Jo. Rondon: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Moncada popped out to third
            • E. Jimenez: Jimenez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon singled to right
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cuthbert walked, Gordon to second
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Lopez fouled out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Garcia struck out on foul tip
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Moncada grounded out to second
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
            • T. Gore: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gore walked
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
            • Jo. Rondon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Moncada singled to left
            • E. Jimenez: Ball, Strike looking, Jimenez homered to right, Rondon scored
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Sanchez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • C. Tilson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Tilson grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • N. Lopez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • W. Peralta Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to first
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to left
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Foul, Mondesi flied out to right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)