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ChiSox's Giolito blanks Twins on 3 hits

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Lucas Giolito pitched a three-hit shutout of the second-highest scoring team in the major leagues, racking up 12 strikeouts for the Chicago White Sox in a 4-0 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday to take the series from the first-place Twins.

Giolito (14-6) allowed only runner past first base, a double by Jonathan Schoop in the eighth. The 25-year-old fanned Jake Cave to finish that inning and reach double-digit strikeouts for the third straight time, the first White Sox starter to do so since Chris Sale did so in eight consecutive turns in 2015. The last right-hander with a streak that long for the team was Edwin Jackson, with three in a row in 2010.

Jose Abreu went 3 for 5 with two RBIs for the White Sox from his usual third spot in the lineup, with Leury Garcia and Tim Anderson each producing two hits from their places in front of him. The first three batters scored all four runs against Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (13-6), who was outdone by his fellow American League All-Star.


Central-best Cards try to sweep Brewers

Head-to-head success against the Milwaukee Brewers is helping the St. Louis Cardinals in their playoff push.

The National League Central-leading Cardinals will try to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Brewers on Wednesday at Busch Stadium.


A's Fiers puts streak on line vs. Yanks

Right-hander Mike Fiers will attempt to extend his streak of unbeaten starts to 19 and the host Oakland Athletics will go for a second consecutive win over the New York Yankees when the clubs continue their three-game series Wednesday night.

Veteran Homer Bailey quieted the Yankees' bats in the series opener Tuesday, leading Oakland to a 6-2 win.


Braves put McCann on IL with knee sprain

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain.

Catcher Alex Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the team's game against the Miami Marlins.


Verlander faces Tigers, goes for 16th

Astros manager A.J. Hinch can envision a fully healthy and weaponized Houston bullpen, one armed with options providing both the depth and versatility required to thrive in the postseason.

The Astros welcomed one of those arms back Tuesday when right-hander Brad Peacock made his first appearance since June 27 and worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the Astros' 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in the second game of a four-game set at Minute Maid Park.


Castillo rebounds as Reds beat Padres

CINCINNATI (AP) Luis Castillo didn't have his best stuff, but it wasn't nearly as bad as his last start.

Cincinnati's All-Star right-hander shook off his worst career start to pitch six solid innings, Jose Iglesias hit a solo home run and the Reds beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Wednesday to win the three-game series.


Pirates place RHP Archer on injured list

PITTSBURGH (AP) Chris Archer has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation, one day after being removed following the first inning of his start against the Washington Nationals.

Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Archer will not throw for at least a week, then be re-evaluated.


Kershaw, Dodger bats keep rolling in win

LOS ANGELES (AP) As good as he felt last week in Miami striking out 10 in seven scoreless innings, Clayton Kershaw felt equally as bad back home at Dodger Stadium.

"It's a humbling game," the Dodgers ace said.


Conforto, Alonso lead Mets past Tribe

NEW YORK (AP) Commit a mistake against the New York Mets these days and they are poised to make you pay.

Michael Conforto hit a tiebreaking homer moments after an embarrassing error by Cleveland Indians left fielder Oscar Mercado, and the resurgent Mets rolled from there to a 9-2 victory Tuesday night.

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