Tim Anderson rounds the bases after his third-inning home run. | AP Photos
The Sox homered five times and Lucas Giolito threw a complete game to end an 0-5 start against the Astros.
It took a while, but the White Sox finally picked up a win over the Astros. And they left little doubt.
Lucas Giolito threw a complete game and the Sox got home runs from Zack Collins, Tim Anderson, Gavin Sheets, Jose Abreu and Jake Burger to rout Houston 10-1 on Saturday night. Entering the game, the Sox had been 0-5 against the Astros and had only been competitive in one of those defeats.
In front of an announced crowd of 34,304, the Sox turned the tables for at least a night on a team they might have to get by in October. Burger, whose career had been derailed by injuries, hit his first homer in the seventh and capped one of the most productive nights for the Sox offense this year.
Giolito gave up a one-out double in the first to Michael Brantley then retired the next 22 batters he faced until Abraham Toro’s homer with two outs in the eighth. Following a first half that wasn’t up to his standards, Giolito struck out eight and gave up three hits in his first start after the all-star break.
Not that Giolito needed it, but the Sox offense gave him plenty of support.
Collins started the scoring in the third with his fourth homer of the season, and Anderson followed up on the next Jake Odorizzi pitch to make it 2-0 Sox. Anderson, who ended up a triple short of the cycle, extended his hitting streak to 14 games, one short of matching a career high.
The Sox put up two more in the fourth, beginning with an RBI double by Burger. Making his first appearance in Chicago, the 2017 first-round draft pick subsequently scored on an Anderson single.
Sheets, taken in the same 2017 draft as Burger, gave the Sox a 6-0 lead with his two-run homer.
That Sheets homer was the fourth of his career. Abreu’s three-run homer in the sixth was the 214th of his career, tying Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk for fourth on the franchise’s all-time home run list.
Reliever Evan Marshall is playing catch and improving, per manager Tony La Russa. Still, there’s no timetable for him to take the mound or to throw a bullpen.
“He has started to play catch and doing all the rehab stuff he’s supposed to,” La Russa said.
Marshall was placed on the 10-day injured list June 30 with a strained right flexor pronator. In 27 appearances, Marshall is 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA.
After not playing Friday, Eloy Jimenez was back in the Triple-A Charlotte lineup Saturday, batting third and playing left field. Jimenez entered Saturday hitting .308 (4 for 13) with a homer and two runs batted in over four rehab games at Charlotte and with Single-A Winston-Salem.
Lance Lynn will make his first start after signing a contract extension when he opposes the Twins in one half of Monday’s doubleheader, though which game hasn’t been determined. Dallas Keuchel is slated to pitch Tuesday, followed by Dylan Cease on Wednesday.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal was seen on the field playing catch during pregame workouts. Grandal underwent surgery on a torn tendon in his left knee on July 7 and doctors still expect him to return sometime this season.