After five-straight losses against Houston, the White Sox finally had their way in a statement victory on national television.
The offense was firing on all cylinders as they launched five home runs en route to a 10-run, 11-hit night. Lucas Giolito was even better on the mound, retiring 27 of 30 batters faced in a sterling complete game performance. With the win, the White Sox improve to 55-36 on the season and maintain an eight-game lead over Cleveland.
W: Lucas Giolito (8-6) | L: Jake Odorizzi (3-5)
Lucas Giolito (SP): 9.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
Lucas Giolito was absolutely dominant all night along in what looked like a vintage outing. Aside from a solo home run and a pair of other hits, the right-hander retired every hitter he faced. The Astros really couldn’t get anything more than weak contact for a majority of the game, flying out nine times.
Tim Anderson: 3-for-5, HR (7), 2B (19), 2 RBI, 2 runs
Tim Anderson torched the ball to all fields and finished the night just a triple shy of the cycle. Thanks to his solid performance at the plate, he extended his hitting streak to 14 games. It’s safe to say when Tim goes, the team goes.
Gavin Sheets (RF): 2-for-3, HR (4), 2B (4), 2 RBI, 2 runs
Gavin Sheets hit a rocket to centerfield for his 4th home run of the season. The dude has some serious power.
Jake Burger (DH): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2B (3), 2 RBI, 2 runs
The story of Jake Burger just gets better and better. In his South Side debut, the designated hitter scorched a double and absolutely demolished a ball for his first career home run. What a moment.
Guaranteed Rate Field was rocking from first pitch to the bottom of the ninth. There’s no other way to put it, the fans showed out.
Tonight’s turning point came in the third inning when Zack Collins and Tim Anderson hit back-to-back jacks. This undoubtedly set the tone for the rest of the game as the offense and crowd aged like fine win throughout the night.
The Sox will look to take the series in the rubber match tomorrow afternoon. Houston will send left-hander Framber Valdez (5-1, 2.98 ERA) to face Carlos Rodon (7-3, 2.31 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM CDT. You can catch all of the action on NBC Sports Chicago.
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