Giolito fans 12, White Sox send Orioles to 13th loss in row

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Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO (AP) — Lucas Giolito struck out 12 and the Chicago White Sox sent Baltimore to its 13th straight loss, beating the Orioles 3-1 Sunday.

The Orioles matched their worst skid since 2009. Baltimore’s all-time longest losing streak was 21 in a row in 1988.

Baltimore has been swept in four consecutive series and dropped 20 of 22 overall.

“We’re hanging around. We’re not quitting. Guys are competing,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.

Nick Madrigal hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning as the White Sox completed a four-game sweep. The AL Central leaders have won six of seven and climbed a season-high 12 games over .500.

“I’ve never seen anybody — I’ve seen some — that never throw an at-bat away,” manager Tony La Russa said of Madrigal. “That man does not throw an at-bat away ever, and that’s to our benefit.”

Giolito (5-4) allowed a run, three hits and three walks in seven innings. His 12 strikeouts were one shy of his career high.

“Any game after a doubleheader where we play 14 innings, it’s on that starter the next day to give it their best effort and pitch deep,” Giolito said. “I had my eye on the pitch count pretty much from the first inning on, making sure I was trying to fill up the zone early with first-pitch strikes, putting guys away in four pitches or less, and we were able to do that for the most part.”

The Orioles loaded the bases against Giolito in the sixth with a bunt single and two walks before Anthony Santander struck out and Maikel Franco fouled out. Baltimore scored just seven runs in the series.

“We’re in the game, another close game,” Hyde said. “We just don’t quite score enough runs. Besides that seventh, we threw the ball really well.”

Liam Hendriks pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save and third in three games.

“Lot of season left, and he said he was good and he convinced the trainer and the pitching coach,” La Russa said.

It was 1-all in the seventh when Tim Anderson singled, stole second, took third on a wild pickoff throw by Dillon Tate (0-3) and scored on Madrigal’s triple. Yoán Moncada followed with an RBI single.

Anderson, Madrigal and Moncada had two hits apiece. DJ Stewart homered and Cedric Mullins had two hits for the Orioles.

Stewart homered off Giolito in the third.

Billy Hamilton hit a solo shot off Keegan Akin in the Chicago third. It was the second time in Hamilton’s career he has homered in back-to-back games, the previous time coming in 2014.

Hamilton’s last multi-homer season was 2018, when he hit four with Cincinnati. In 870 career games, the speedster has 24 homers.

Akin allowed a run and five hits in 4 2/3 innings in his first start of the season.

Adam Plutko replaced Akin and walked José Abreu to load the bases in the fifth. Yermín Mercedes grounded out to end the inning.

SLOW DOWN

Hamilton raced around the bases when he homered Saturday. He was slower Sunday.

“That was kind of one where I knew I had it but I didn’t want to act like I knew it because I don’t hit home runs and I’m not to a point where I’m able to pimp home runs,” he said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: IB Trey Mancini (bruised right elbow) returned to the lineup. He was hit by a pitch Thursday. … OF/1B Ryan Mountcastle (left hand) was available off the bench. His hand remains sore, Hyde said. … RHP Hunter Harvey (left oblique strain) is eligible to come off the IL Monday but will likely make another rehab appearance, Hyde said.

White Sox: OF Adam Eaton (hamstring) will likely play in one or both games of Monday’s doubleheader against Cleveland, La Russa said. Eaton has been out since Wednesday. … RHP Michael Kopech (left hamstring) was expected to rejoin the team Sunday after going on the bereavement list Thursday.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Jorge López is scheduled to start Monday to begin a three-game series against visiting Minnesota and RHP José Berríos (5-2, 3.67). He also faced the Twins in his last start, giving up three runs in six innings.

White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodón (5-2, 1.29) and RHP Jimmy Lambert (0-0) will start Monday’s doubleheader at Cleveland to open a four-game series. Rodón threw a no-hitter against the Indians April 14. RHP Triston McKenzie (1-3, 5.94) is expected to start a game for the Indians, who had yet to announce their other starter.

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