CHICAGO (AP) — Lucas Giolito tuned up for the playoffs with a solid start, Yoán Moncada hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Saturday night for their sixth straight win.
The AL Central champion White Sox are set to begin the postseason at Houston on Thursday in the best-of-five AL Division Series.READ MORE: Ald. Carrie Austin Thanks City Council, Mayor For Support After Her Collapse At December Meeting
Giolito finished his dominant second half by pitching five innings, allowing one run and two hits. He has not permitted more than three runs in any of his last nine starts.
Giolito fanned three and finished the regular season with 201 strikeouts.
Dallas Keuchel, in his second relief appearance of the season for the White Sox, gave up three runs on four hits and a walk while getting just two outs.
Chicago reliever Aaron Bummer (5-5) worked the eighth and Liam Hendricks closed for his 38th save.
Moncada capped a three-RBI performance when he connected with two outs off reliever Kyle Funkouser (7-4).
Down 4-0, Chicago scored three times in the seventh. Moncada and Gavin Sheets each drove in a run off reliever Jose Urena and Tim Anderson hit an RBI single off Alex Lange.READ MORE: Charges To Be Filed Soon In Connection With Shooting Death Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega
Jeimer Candelario hit an RBI single off Giolito in the fourth. The Tigers scored three more off Keuchel in the seventh.
Detroit starter Matt Manning pitched five scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out seven.
White Sox: Manager Tony La Russa said RHP Evan Marshall (strained flexor) looked good throwing Saturday and the team will see how he feels on Sunday to determine if he’s healthy enough for a spot on the playoff roster.
White Sox: RHP Dylan Cease (13-7, 3.95 ERA) starts the regular season finale. He is 8-0 with a 2.09 ERA in eight career starts against the Tigers.
Tigers: LHP Tyler Alexander (2-4, 3.95 ERA) hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his last six starts.MORE NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer To Retire
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