CINCINNATI (AP) — Tim Anderson hit two of Chicago’s five solo homers, and the White Sox — already guaranteed a playoff spot — took another step toward the AL Central title by overpowering the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday night.
Chicago has won eight of its last 10 games, securing at least a wild card and its first postseason appearance since 2008.READ MORE: 1,250 New COVID-19 Cases In Indiana Thursday
José Abreu hit his fifth homer in eight games as the White Sox piled them up, including three in a row in the eighth off Robert Stephenson. Abreu has 18 homers overall.
The Reds managed six hits as they had their season-high winning streak snapped at six games. Cincinnati (26-27) wasted a chance to move above .500 for the first time since its season-opening win over the Tigers.
Nomar Mazara was in a 3-for-25 slump with 11 strikeouts when he connected off Trevor Bauer (4-4) in the fifth inning for his first homer. One out later, Anderson’s ninth homer made it 2-0.
Bauer had allowed only two earned runs in his last three starts combined. He went seven innings and gave up five hits while throwing 107 pitches.
Anderson connected again in the eighth off Stephenson, and Yasmani Grandal and Abreu followed with homers during a seven-pitch sequence. It was the second time this season that the White Sox hit three homers in a row.
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel went four innings in his return from back spasms and allowed four hits while fanning seven. Keuchel threw 75 pitches in his first start since Sept. 6. The Reds stranded five in scoring position against the left-hander.
Matt Foster (5-0) retired the six batters he faced in relief of Keuchel.
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The Reds had a moment of silence pregame for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday.
Anderson is batting .426 (29 for 68) in September. He went 2 for 4 Saturday, raising his average to .368 for the season. It was his second multihomer game this season.
White Sox: Keuchel was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and Jonathan Stiever was optioned to Chicago’s alternate training site. Stiever gave up four homers in 2 2/3 innings of a 7-1 loss on Friday night.
Reds: Left-hander Wade Miley threw a simulated game. He has been on the injured list since Aug. 28 with a sore shoulder. The Reds might use him out of the bullpen the rest of the way.
White Sox: Dylan Cease (5-2) has gone five innings or less in each of his last four starts. He’s 0-2 in three interleague starts and has never faced the Reds.
Reds: Michael Lorenzen (2-1) makes his second start of the season. The reliever made his first start since 2018 against the Pirates on Tuesday and went five innings for a 4-1 win.MORE NEWS: Over 15,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
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