Lucas Giolito allowed just three hits and struck out 12 while pitching his second complete-game shutout of the season, as the Chicago White Sox blanked the Minnesota Twins, 4-0, in the rubber game of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis.
Giolito (14-6) threw a season-high 115 pitches in cooling off the hot-hitting Twins, who were shut out for just the third time this season. He didn't walk a batter while registering double figures in strikeouts for the third consecutive game.
Minnesota had rolled up 29 hits in the first two games of the series and had scored double-digit runs in three of its previous six games, winning five of them.
Giolito -- who gave up seven runs on seven hits and four home runs, including by three by Nelson Cruz, over five innings in a 10-3 loss to Minnesota on July 25 in Chicago -- allowed just two singles, one on a bunt by Jorge Polanco, over the first 7 1/3 innings. He didn't allow a runner beyond first base until Jonathan Schoop lined a double in the eighth.
Giolito also threw a complete-game shutout on May 23 at Houston, 4-0, when he held the Astros to four hits.
Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, and Leury Garcia and Tim Anderson each had two hits and combined to score three runs for Chicago.
Jake Odorizzi (13-6) suffered the loss allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Chicago parlayed three singles and an error by Polanco into a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Garcia led off with a single and advanced to second when Polanco missed tagging the bag after taking a throw from Schoop on a potential double-play grounder by Anderson. Abreu then grounded a single to left to drive in Garcia. One out and a wild pitch later, Matt Skole singled in Anderson.
The White Sox extended their lead to 3-0 in the third when Garcia led off with a single, went to third on a single by Anderson and scored on a bloop single down the right field line by Abreu.
Abreu made it 4-0 when he led off the fifth with a double down the left field line, advanced to third on a groundout by Skole and scored on a wild pitch by Odorizzi.