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CHICAGO — The White Sox moved 20 games over .500 with a 4-0 shutout win against the Astros before 34,148 in attendance Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.
It’s the first time the South Siders have hit that lofty level since Aug. 26, 2008. But with a 56-36 record and a commanding lead in the American League Central, that benchmark only looks like the beginning for the White Sox.
Pitching is the key to keeping that run going, and the White Sox certainly have shown off their strong arms over the last two days against one of the game’s top offenses. Lucas Giolito’s complete game on Saturday was followed up by Carlos Rodón’s dominance in Sunday’s series finale.
Rodón set a new franchise record for most consecutive starts (10) with eight or more strikeouts with his 10-strikeout performance in seven innings. Rodón’s streak of starts with eight or more strikeouts is the longest in the Majors this season, having two more than Cleveland’s Shane Bieber.
Houston managed just one hit off Rodón — an Abraham Toro single to right in the third, barely eluding Danny Mendick’s diving effort.
Tim Anderson homered for a second straight game, extending his hitting streak to 15 to match a career high. Anderson also has scored a run in 11 straight games, and his 11 straight games with a hit and a run scored set a new franchise mark in that particular category. Yoán Moncada also went deep for the White Sox.
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