Luis Robert hit a three-run double, Dylan Stop struck out 10 in 5 innings and the Chicago White Sox moved nearer to their first division title in 13 years by trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-0 on Friday evening.
Jose Abreu had two hits and drove in two runs, giving him 111 RBIs this season because the White Sox started an 11-game journey that can shut their street schedule.
Chicago lowered its magic quantity over Cleveland to 5 for profitable the AL Central and securing a second consecutive postseason berth for the primary time in franchise historical past.
“It was a totally well-played sport,” White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa stated. “It was a pleasure to observe.”
White Sox rookie Romy Gonzalez doubled twice amongst his career-best three hits and Stop had his eighth double-digit strikeout sport of the season.
4 relievers held Texas to 4 singles the remainder of the best way.
Gonzalez, enjoying his eighth sport since becoming a member of the membership from Triple-A Charlotte, had his first multi-hit main league sport. He added an RBI and scored twice.
“He’s actually made an impression,” La Russa stated. “He was right here for us to check out, and now we’re enjoying him.”
The Rangers have misplaced 4 of 5 with two video games left on a seven-game homestand following their most profitable street journey of the season (6-3).
Stop (12-7) was one strikeout in need of his season excessive. He gave up 4 hits and two walks however wanted 92 pitches to get by way of 5. The best-hander escaped early hassle, stranding 5 runners within the first three innings.
“The primary couple of innings I wasn’t environment friendly, and I wasted a number of pitches,” Stop stated. “I’ve bought to get right into a rhythm just a little faster.”
Taylor Hearn (6-5), making an attempt to win his fifth consecutive begin, allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings on eight hits and three walks.
“I believe they really waited out Taylor,” Texas supervisor Chris Woodward stated. “A few of these guys which can be typical free-swingers, they really boxed him up fairly nicely.”
The White Sox loaded the bases within the fourth with one out earlier than Robert ripped a 2-0 sinker to left-center. The three RBIs matched his profession excessive, and he additionally singled twice.
Abreu is one in need of the main league RBI lead, and Stop is third within the AL with 212 strikeouts. … White Sox C Yasmani Grandal had a 30-game on-base streak snapped. It was the longest lively streak within the majors and the third-longest this season. … With a fifth-inning steal of second base, Rangers CF Leody Taveras is 17 for 17 in his two seasons. … Texas RF Adolis Garcia and White Sox 3B Yoan Moncada every struck out 4 occasions. … Texas has misplaced three straight to division leaders Houston and Chicago by a mixed 27-3.
The shutout was the twelfth of the season for the White Sox. Texas, which ranks twenty ninth in runs scored, has been blanked 13 occasions.
Rangers INF Andy Ibanez (left hamstring pressure) was activated from the 10-day injured listing however didn’t play. To make room on the roster, C/DH Yohel Pozo was optioned to Triple-A Spherical Rock. … LHP John King (shoulder irritation) had surgical procedure for thoracic outlet syndrome and ought to be prepared for subsequent season. … RHP Matt Bush (elbow irritation), out since early April, will start a rehab project with Spherical Rock on Monday.
White Sox RHP Lance Lynn (11-4, 2.50 ERA) faces Texas on Saturday evening for the primary time for the reason that Rangers traded him to Chicago final December. Lynn is 0-1 with a 4.13 ERA in seven begins starting July 30.
Rangers RHP Spencer Howard (0-4, 7.38), acquired from Philadelphia on the commerce deadline, hasn’t thrown greater than 52 pitches in any of his 5 begins for Texas.