As heard on WHOW, Tony La Russa moved past John McGraw into sole possession of second on baseball's manager wins list, directing the Chicago White Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
It was win No. 2,764 for La Russa, who was hired by Chicago in October for his first managerial job since he led St. Louis to the World Series championship in 2011. It has been a bit of a bumpy ride so far, but the 76-year-old Hall of Famer has the White Sox on top of the AL Central.
La Russa watched as Chicago won for the 10th time in 14 games. Dylan Cease (4-2) struck out 10 in seven sparkling innings, and Tim Anderson had two hits and two RBIs.
Detroit right-hander Jose Urena (2-5) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings in his first big league start since May 26. He had been sidelined by a strained right forearm.
The Tigers finished with five hits. They dropped three of four in the series.
Chicago scored each of its runs in the second. Andrew Vaughn singled in Adam Eaton and scored on Anderson's two-run single with two outs.
That was more than enough for Cease, who allowed five hits and walked one. The right-hander improved to 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA against the Tigers, becoming the first White Sox pitcher to win his first seven career starts against a single opponent since Mark Buehrle versus Texas from 2001-2005, according to Elias Sports.
Cease got some help from Engel, who robbed Niko Goodrum of a homer with a leaping catch at the center-field wall in the fifth. It was Engel's first game of the season after he was sidelined by a right hamstring injury.
Aaron Bummer got three outs before Liam Hendriks worked the ninth for his 15th save.
Following an off day, LHP Carlos Rodon (5-2, 1.98 ERA) starts Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series against Toronto. LHP Robbie Ray takes the mound for the visiting Blue Jays.