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Giolito Fires No-Hitter

With the seats at Guaranteed Rate Field empty, Lucas Giolito pitched the first no-hitter of the pandemic-delayed season, striking out 13 in leading the White Sox over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Tuesday night.

 

After right fielder Adam Engel extended on the run to catch Erik Gonzalez's slicing drive toward the line for the final out, the hollers of Giolito's teammates in the middle of the diamond echoed around the stadium.

 

An All-Star last year, the 26-year-old Giolito (3-2) matched his career high for strikeouts set in his previous start against Detroit.

 

Only a four-pitch walk to Gonzalez leading off the fourth inning got in Giolito's way of perfection. That was only runner he permitted while throwing 101 pitches.

 

Giolito pitched the 19th no-hitter in White Sox history - second most to the Dodgers' 23 - and first since Philip Humber threw a perfect game at Seattle in 2012. This was the seventh time the Pirates have been held hitless, with Washington's Max Scherzer having done it in 2015.

 

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson made a nifty play on a grounder by Bryan Reynolds up the middle in the seventh to preserve the gem, helped by first baseman Jose Abreu's stretch at the bag.

In the ninth, Gonzalez hit a liner that Engel, a fleet center fielder for most of his career, caught on the run at knee-high height.

 

Dallas Keuchel (4-2, 2.65) looks for his third straight win Wednesday afternoon against Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (1-4, 3.70).

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