Cubs beat Gi­olito, White Sox 6-3

Cubs score 6 runs off Sox right-han­der in his 2nd loss to North Siders

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - By La­Mond Pope

All-Star Lu­cas Gi­olito strug­gled, al­low­ing six runs and five walks in four-plus in­nings. The Cubs’ first eight bat­ters in a five-run fifth in­ning reached base with Kyle Sch­war­ber scor­ing on a dou­ble by Javier Baez, propelling the North Siders to vic­tory.

The Cubs roughed up Lu­cas Gi­olito for the second time in less than a month. Kyle Sch­war­ber and Javier Baez (right) each drove in 2 runs and Craig Kim­brel shut down a White Sox rally in the 9th.

Jon Lester and Lu­cas Gi­olito matched up for the second time this sea­son. Round 2, like the first meet­ing, went to Lester and the Cubs.

Lester al­lowed three runs — one earned — and six hits in 6 1⁄3 in­nings as the Cubs beat the White Sox 6-3 in front of a sell­out crowd of 38,634 Satur­day night at Guar­an­teed Rate Field.

The Sox placed two on with two outs in the ninth, but Craig Kim­brel stuck out po­ten­tial ty­ing run Jose Abreu to end the game.

With the win, the Cubs moved a half-game ahead of the Brew­ers for first place in the NL Cen­tral.

The Cubs broke the game open with five runs in the fifth and forced an early exit for Gi­olito, who walked a sea­son-high five bat­ters. The in­ning be­gan with Gi­olito walk­ing the Cubs’ 7-8-9 bat­ters.

“When you face a guy like Gi­olito, you have to take advantage,” Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don said.

Kyle Sch­war­ber drove in two with a bloop dou­ble to left to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead.

Javier Baez fol­lowed with a two-run dou­ble past third base­man Yoan Mon­cada to stretch the lead to 5-1. The hit ended Gi­olito’s night.

Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each had two hits. Baez scored twice.

Gi­olito (11-3) al­lowed six runs and four hits in four-plus in­nings. He struck out five. Two of his three losses this sea­son have come to the Cubs.

Lester (8-6) en­tered the game with a 6.02 ERA in his pre­vi­ous nine starts. He had a 4-5 record dur­ing that stretch, with one of the vic­to­ries in that June 19 game against the Sox at Wrigley Field. Lester al­lowed three runs on seven hits with six strike­outs in 5 2⁄3 in­nings of the 7-3 win.

Gi­olito had won eight straight starts en­ter­ing that game. He sur­ren­dered two homers to Will­son Con­tr­eras, in­clud­ing a grand slam in the first in­ning, on the way to the short out­ing. He left af­ter al­low­ing six run­son­sev­en­hitsin4 1⁄3 in­ningswith­nine strike­outs and three walks.

The All-Star en­tered Satur­day with a 2.72 ERA. It jumped to 3.15.

The Cubs knew they faced a tough challenge be­fore the game.

“(Gi­olito) has rein­vented him­self,” Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don said be­fore the game. “That was ob­vi­ous last time we saw him at home. It came down to his arm stroke, which is un­usual. When a guy at his level, his age, tries some­thing dif­fer­ently with his arm stroke, I was con­cerned about him get­ting hurt. Even in the mi­nor leagues in their early to mid-20s get suc­cess­ful and try to make them other than an un­der­arm pitcher, then it’s re­ally washed out.

“This guy is high-end. So the fact what he’s done is pretty im­pres­sive. So how would we beat him again? Con­trol his strike zone is the most im­por­tant thing.”

The Cubs did that just that. Baez and Bryant pro­vided the first-in­ning production. Baez dou­bled to right on a 1-2 count. Bryant then hit a popup to left. Eloy Jimenez got a late break while bat­tling the sun, and the ball fell in for a sin­gle. Baez read the play well and scored for the game’s first run.

The Sox put to­gether a two-out rally to tie the game in the third. Mon­cada dou­bled, and Abreu drove him in with a sin­gle to left.

Abreu fin­ished with two RBIs, while Mon­cada dou­bled twice and drove in one.

The Cubs sent 10 bat­ters to the plate in the big fifth in­ning.

CHRIS SWEDA/CHICAGO TRIBUNE

CHRIS SWEDA/CHICAGO TRIBUNE

CHRIS SWEDA/CHICAGO TRIBUNE PHO­TOS

Sox pitcher Lu­cas Gi­olito heads to the dugout in the fifth at Guar­an­teed Rate Field on Satur­day. He gave up six runs against the Cubs.

Cubs closer Craig Kim­brel pumps his fist af­ter se­cur­ing the win over the White Sox.

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