Giolito's 3-hit shutout gives White Sox 4-0 win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have been in first place in the AL Central for all but 13 days this season, a perch the Chicago White Sox have been aiming for during this extended rebuilding project.

If they can make that big jump in 2020, Lucas Giolito will surely be a major factor.

Giolito pitched a three-hit shutout of the second-highest scoring team in the major leagues, racking up 12 strikeouts for the White Sox on Wednesday in a 4-0 victory for their first series win over the Twins in two years.

''He's a tough customer, and he was on his game,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''He pounded the strike zone, but he also has elite stuff, too.''

Giolito (14-6) allowed only runner past first base, a double by Jonathan Schoop in the eighth. The 25-year-old fanned Jake Cave to finish that inning and reach double-digit strikeouts for the third straight time, the first White Sox starter to do so since Chris Sale did so in eight consecutive turns in 2015. The last right-hander with a streak that long for the team was Edwin Jackson, with three in a row in 2010.

Giolito also matched Cleveland's Shane Bieber for the major league lead with his third complete game this season, though one was a five-inning, rain-shortened contest against Toronto before he blanked Houston with a four-hit shutout on May 23. Giolito got there this time with a career-high 115 pitches, without a walk.

''If you asked me last year, say you'd throw two complete-game shutouts next season, I don't know if I would have believed it,'' Giolito said, ''but it's the work I put in in the offseason, coming in pitching with confidence every single time.''

The Twins beat the White Sox 10-3 on July 25, and Giolito gave up seven hits, seven runs and four homers in five innings in that game. Since then, he's 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 34 innings. He said a recent change to his between-starts weight room routine has helped him increase his late-game velocity.

One of the myriad prospects collected by the White Sox during their systematic dump of high-priced veterans, Giolito was one of three players acquired from Washington for outfielder Adam Eaton prior to the 2017 season.

''It was able to allow us replenish our system,'' manager Rick Renteria said. ''Hopefully, we're moving forward in a positive direction just in general.''

The Twins were blanked for the third time this year, all at home and also on April 30 by Houston and June 17 by Boston. They took a three-game lead on the Indians in the AL Central into the day. This 13-game stretch entirely against the third-place White Sox and fifth-place Detroit Tigers that began this week looked like a favorable spot on the schedule, but solid starting pitching can make quite the difference.

Jose Abreu went 3 for 5 with two RBIs for the White Sox from his usual third spot in the lineup, with Leury Garcia and Tim Anderson each producing two hits from their places in front of him. The first three batters scored all four runs against Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (13-6), who was outdone by his fellow American League All-Star.

Though Odorizzi was bested by a bunch of rollers and bloops, with six of eight hits allowed in five innings going for singles, a sign he was not in form was a second wild pitch of the game that let Abreu score with two outs in the fifth. Odorizzi has three wild pitches in two starts after totaling just two over the last two years.

''I might have had the most weak contact I had all season, and the results weren't there to go with it,'' Odorizzi said. ''But that's just how it goes sometimes.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada, out for the last three weeks with a strained right hamstring, went 9 for 22 with two homers, six RBIs and six runs in the first five games of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. He's expected to be reinstated from the injured list on Thursday. OF Ryan Cordell was sent down after the game.

Twins: LF Eddie Rosario was removed after the fifth inning as a precaution due to tightness in his right hamstring. ''It wasn't like an acute injury or anything that seems to be on the higher end of the serious scale, but even something moderately serious is still something that we're going to spend some time on,'' Baldelli said.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Ross Detwiler (1-3, 6.10 ERA) was announced as the starter for Thursday night, when the White Sox start a four-game series at Texas. Detwiler's last appearance came in relief, a three-inning outing on Sunday. RHP Areil Jurado (6-9, 5.38 ERA) will pitch for the Rangers.

Twins: After an off day, the Twins begin a three-game series against Detroit on Friday night with RHP Jose Berrios (10-6, 3.37 ERA) on the mound. Berrios has an 8.44 ERA over his last three turns, with 22 hits, eight walks and five homers allowed in 16 innings. The Tigers had yet to declare their starter.

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Anderson SS51200014.332.354.503.8572.5
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J. McCann C50000036.286.339.470.809-1.5
M. Skole 1B40110013.231.302.256.5591.5
E. Jimenez LF30100102.241.293.471.7642.0
R. Goins 3B40000044.268.354.384.738-2.0
Y. Sanchez 2B40100000.251.312.325.6362.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Kepler CF40000010.254.334.532.866-0.5
    J. Polanco SS40100010.295.358.496.8540.5
    N. Cruz DH40100021.303.389.6621.0500.0
    E. Rosario LF20000012.282.307.515.822-0.5
    E. Adrianza 1B10000000.294.379.441.8200.0
    M. Sano 1B-3B30000021.242.342.552.893-1.0
    L. Arraez 3B-LF30000010.341.408.445.853-0.5
    J. Schoop 2B30100000.254.301.459.7592.0
    J. Castro C30000021.238.324.472.796-1.0
    J. Cave RF30000021.258.353.367.719-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Abreu (28), Y. Sanchez (14)
      • RBI - J. Abreu 2 (96), M. Skole (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Anderson, J. Abreu 2 (2), J. McCann, R. Goins 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Schoop (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario, M. Sano, J. Cave
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Polanco-Schoop-Sano)
      • E - J. Polanco (17)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Giolito (W, 14-6)9.030001203.201.0940.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Giolito (W, 14-6)9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (L, 13-6)5.08431603.571.241.0
      R. Harper1.01001103.381.131.5
      S. Dyson1.00000103.341.063.5
      T. Duffey1.00000202.951.104.0
      T. May1.01000103.351.202.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (L, 13-6)5.0
      R. Harper1.0
      S. Dyson1.0
      T. Duffey1.0
      T. May1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 115-82
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 6-9
      • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 30
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Odorizzi 2 (3), R. Harper (5)
      • HBP - J. Odorizzi (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 104-65, R. Harper 27-19, S. Dyson 10-6, T. Duffey 12-10, T. May 24-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 6-3, R. Harper 1-1, S. Dyson 1-1, T. Duffey 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 25, R. Harper 5, S. Dyson 3, T. Duffey 3, T. May 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Garcia RF52200013.282.312.385.6973.5
      T. Anderson SS51200014.332.354.503.8572.5
      J. Abreu DH51320003.276.316.499.8157.0
      J. McCann C50000036.286.339.470.809-1.5
      M. Skole 1B40110013.231.302.256.5591.5
      E. Jimenez LF30100102.241.293.471.7642.0
      R. Goins 3B40000044.268.354.384.738-2.0
      Y. Sanchez 2B40100000.251.312.325.6362.0
      A. Engel CF20000110.210.285.323.6071.5
      Total374103021125-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Kepler CF40000010.254.334.532.866-0.5
        J. Polanco SS40100010.295.358.496.8540.5
        N. Cruz DH40100021.303.389.6621.0500.0
        E. Rosario LF20000012.282.307.515.822-0.5
        E. Adrianza 1B10000000.294.379.441.8200.0
        M. Sano 1B-3B30000021.242.342.552.893-1.0
        L. Arraez 3B-LF30000010.341.408.445.853-0.5
        J. Schoop 2B30100000.254.301.459.7592.0
        J. Castro C30000021.238.324.472.796-1.0
        J. Cave RF30000021.258.353.367.719-1.0
        Total3003000126-----
        HITTERSAB
        M. Kepler CF4
        J. Polanco SS4
        N. Cruz DH4
        E. Rosario LF2
        E. Adrianza 1B1
        M. Sano 1B-3B3
        L. Arraez 3B-LF3
        J. Schoop 2B3
        J. Castro C3
        J. Cave RF3
        Total30
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Abreu (28), Y. Sanchez (14)
          • RBI - J. Abreu 2 (96), M. Skole (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Anderson, J. Abreu 2 (2), J. McCann, R. Goins 4 (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Schoop (21)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario, M. Sano, J. Cave
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Polanco-Schoop-Sano)
          • E - J. Polanco (17)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Giolito (W, 14-6)9.030001203.201.0940.0
          Total9.03000120---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Giolito (W, 14-6)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Odorizzi (L, 13-6)5.08431603.571.241.0
          R. Harper1.01001103.381.131.5
          S. Dyson1.00000103.341.063.5
          T. Duffey1.00000202.951.104.0
          T. May1.01000103.351.202.5
          Total9.010432110---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Odorizzi (L, 13-6)5.0
          R. Harper1.0
          S. Dyson1.0
          T. Duffey1.0
          T. May1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 115-82
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 6-9
          • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 30
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Odorizzi 2 (3), R. Harper (5)
          • HBP - J. Odorizzi (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 104-65, R. Harper 27-19, S. Dyson 10-6, T. Duffey 12-10, T. May 24-19
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 6-3, R. Harper 1-1, S. Dyson 1-1, T. Duffey 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 25, R. Harper 5, S. Dyson 3, T. Duffey 3, T. May 4
          • 5TH INNING
            Abreu scored, Jimenez to second on wild pitch40
          • 3RD INNING
            Abreu singled to shallow right, Garcia scored, Anderson to second30
          • 1ST INNING
            Skole singled to right, Anderson scored, Abreu to third20
            Abreu singled to left, Garcia scored, Anderson to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Trevor May relieved Tyler Duffey
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson singled to right
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Abreu popped out to first
            • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCann lined out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Polanco popped out to shortstop
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tyler Duffey relieved Sam Dyson
            • R. Goins: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Goins struck out on foul tip
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to third
            • A. Engel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arraez flied out to center
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Schoop doubled to left
            • J. Castro: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Sam Dyson relieved Ryne Harper
            • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • M. Skole: Skole flied out to center
            • E. Jimenez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jimenez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cruz lined out to center
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Ryne Harper relieved Jake Odorizzi
            • Ehire Adrianza at first base
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez doubled to deep right center
            • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sanchez to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Engel walked
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Garcia popped out to second
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Cave flied out to left
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler popped out to third
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Polanco popped out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Abreu doubled to deep left
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
            • M. Skole: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Skole grounded out to second, Abreu to third
            • E. Jimenez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jimenez walked
            • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Ball, Abreu scored, Jimenez to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arraez grounded out to second
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Castro: Castro popped out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to first
            • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Engel hit by pitch
            • L. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Garcia lined out to shortstop
            • T. Anderson: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Anderson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Engel out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz singled to left
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to second, Cruz out at second
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia singled to left
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Anderson singled to center, Garcia to third
            • J. Abreu: Pickoff attempt to third, Abreu singled to shallow right, Garcia scored, Anderson to second
            • J. McCann: McCann fouled out to right
            • M. Skole: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Skole struck out swinging
            • E. Jimenez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Jimenez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Anderson to third, Abreu to second
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez fouled out to shortstop
            • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Engel grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Sano grounded out to pitcher
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Arraez struck out looking
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Schoop flied out to deep center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia singled to center
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Anderson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Garcia to second on shortstop Polanco fielding error
            • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Abreu singled to left, Garcia scored, Anderson to second
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • M. Skole: Ball, Anderson to third, Abreu to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Skole singled to right, Anderson scored, Abreu to third
            • E. Jimenez: Ball, Jimenez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Skole out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Giolito Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kepler popped out to third
            • J. Polanco: Polanco reached on bunt single to shortstop
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)