SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gavin Sheets doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the Chicago White Sox held on for a 5-3 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
Dylan Cease allowed one run in five innings for his third consecutive win. The major league leader in strikeouts per nine innings, Cease (7-3) had only four against San Francisco – his fewest since May 24 – and overcame LaMonte Wade Jr.’s home run leading off the first to improve to 4-1 in seven road starts.
Tanner Banks followed Cease with two scoreless innings. Joe Kelly retired three hitters and Kendall Graveman pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Tim Anderson added two hits for Chicago. Yoán Moncada and Leury García each drove in runs as the White Sox beat the Giants for the 10th time in 12 games.
San Francisco scored a run in the ninth and had the tying runners on base with two outs before Graveman got Mike Yastrzemski to ground out.
After Anderson’s infield single leading off the fourth, Andrew Vaughn reached on a fielding error by Giants first baseman Brandon Belt. Sheets followed with a double over the head of left fielder Joc Pederson after Pederson initially broke in on the ball. Moncada followed with an RBI single past a drawn-in infield.
García, who delivered the game-winning hit in Friday’s 1-0 win, drove in a run with a fielder’s choice grounder in the sixth. A second run scored on the play when shortstop Donovan Walton’s throw sailed over the head of pitcher Logan Webb, who was covering first base.
Webb (7-3) allowed six hits and five runs (three earned) in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Wade homered on Cease’s second pitch of the game – on LaMonte Wade Jr. Bobblehead Day at Oracle Park. It’s the third career leadoff home run for Wade.
The Giants have lost 9 of 12.
White Sox: RHP Liam Hendriks (forearm strain), who threw a simulated game on Friday, is expected to be activated from the Injured List on Monday. … OF Adam Engel (right hamstring strain) continues to do some running and has not suffered any setbacks.
Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (4-4, 5.19 ERA) faces San Francisco for the first time since 2017 when he allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings. Giolito has one victory in his previous six starts overall. Giants manager Gabe Kapler has not named a starter for Sunday’s game.
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Michael Wagaman, The Associated Press