Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox send Detroit Tigers to 9th straight loss

Detroit Tigers third baseman Willi Castro tries to bare hand a ball hit by the White Sox’s Tim Anderson in the eighth inning Thursday in Chicago. (AP photo)


Associated Press

CHICAGO — Lucas Giolito matched his career high of 13 strikeouts in seven dominant innings, hot-hitting Tim Anderson stroked his fourth homer of the series, and the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit 5-0 Thursday to complete their first four-game sweep of the Tigers in 15 years.

Giolito (2-2) allowed three hits and one walk to earn the victory, his fifth in seven career decisions against Detroit, as Chicago won its fifth straight.

“He did a really nice job of finishing his work for the day,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “Obviously, he kept us in the ballgame the whole day and gave us the opportunity to do what we needed to do. And the offense did the rest.”

The White Sox hadn’t swept a four-game set against the Tigers since Sept. 1-4, 2005, the year of their only World Series title since the 1917 season.

Anderson hit a solo homer off reliever Tyler Alexander to extend the lead to 5-0 in the fourth. The shortstop had eight hits and seven RBIs in the series.

Free-falling Detroit (9-14) dropped its ninth straight. At 15-11, Chicago moved as many as four games over .500 for the first time since April 29 of the 2017 season.

The White Sox wasted no time to jump on right-hander Spencer Turnbull (2-2), who walked three batters in a torturous 37-pitch first inning.

Danny Mendick doubled off Alexander to extend the lead to 4-0 in the third.

“That’s a good hitting team over there that’s swinging really well,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “(Turnbull) needed to be in the zone and make them swing, and they didn’t.”