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White Sox Down Guardians

In a game heard on WHOW, Lucas Giolito pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning and the Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland 2-1 on Wednesday night after Guardians' starter Aaron Civale exited after one inning because of a sore right wrist.

 

Giolito (6-5) yielded an unearned run in 6 1/3 innings and extended his dominance of Cleveland hitters. The right-hander is 5-1 with a 0.83 ERA in 10 starts against Cleveland since May 17, 2019.

 

Giolito's strong outing, along with RBIs by Jose Abreu and Andrew Vaughn, helped the White Sox earn a split of the four-game series between the teams battling for second place in the AL Central Division.

 

Civale allowed two hits and threw 20 pitches in the scoreless first inning. Civale's injury forced manager Terry Francona to use five relievers, one day after the teams played a doubleheader. 

 

Eli Morgan and Enyel De Los Santos each pitched two scoreless innings, but the White Sox got on the board in the sixth inning, scoring two runs off Sam Hentges (2-2) in the sixth. A double by Abreu scored Yoan Moncada, who had drawn a leadoff walk. Vaughn followed with an RBI groundout.

 

Liam Hendriks pitched the ninth and earned his 18th save in 21 chances.

 

Giolito retired the first batter in the seventh and was lifted after Franmil Reyes singled and rookie Nolan Jones walked. Owen Miller hit into a fielder's choice. Miller was ruled out at first, but the call was reversed after a replay review.

 

Chicago's All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson remained in the game after being hit in the lower back by Luis Robert's sharply hit grounder while running the bases in the seventh.

 

Left fielder Eloy Jimenez came up limping after catching Jose Ramirez's liner to end the sixth and was removed from the game with tightness in his right leg.

 

Chicago begins a four-game series Thursday night against first-place Minnesota at Target Field. The White Sox haven't been over .500 since they were 22-21 on May 25. Johnny Cueto (3-4, 2.91 ERA) looks to go 4-0 lifetime against the Twins on Thursday. Chicago is 1-5 versus Minnesota this season.

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