White Sox knock off Rangers 7-2
Monday, September 20, 2021

White Sox knock off Rangers 7-2
(ARLINGTON) – Lucas Giolito feels like the Chicago White Sox are right where they need to be as they close in on their first AL Central title since 2008. Giolito pitched into the sixth inning, José Abreu matched the major league RBI lead and Yasmani Grandal homered for the second game in a row as the White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday in the rubber game of their weekend series. With 13 games left in the regular season, Chicago's magic number is four to clinch the division title over second-place Cleveland. The White Sox (85-64), looking to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history, on Thursday start a span of five games over four days in Cleveland. Abreu's two run single capped a five run fourth for the White Sox and pushes his RBI total to 113, tying Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez. Abreu is trying to join Cecil Fielder (1990-92) as the only AL players to lead the league in RBI in three consecutive seasons. Chicago's big inning started when Grandal led off by lining a ball just over the wall in right-center for his 22nd homer. César Hernández also had a two run single in that outburst off Jordan Lyles (9-12) for a 5-0 lead. Giolito (9-10) struck out four while allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings. It was the right-hander's second start since missing two weeks because of a strained left hamstring, and he pushed to go back out to the sixth and got his pitch count to 97.

Cleveland 11 – NY Yankees 1
Toronto 5 – Minnesota 3
Boston 8 – Baltimore 6
Seattle 7 – Kansas City 1
Oakland 3 – LA Angels 2 (10 innings)