ARLINGTON, TX (AP) –Dylan Cease threw six good innings, Eloy Jimenez hit a solo home run and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Friday night.
The first August start for Cease (12-4) resembled those of the past eight weeks, when he was selected the AL pitcher of the month for June and July. He gave up a run and two hits to lower his ERA to 1.98, second in the AL, and earned his fifth straight start.
Cease hasn’t allowed more than one run in a game since June 9, when he was scored for six unearned runs, and hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in his last 13 starts.
He gave up a first-inning run on two straight walks and an RBI single on the backcourt by Adolis Garcia. He hadn’t allowed a run in the first inning since July 2. Cease did not allow a hit after Bubba Thompson’s single in the second inning. He struck out five and walked three, one after the first inning.
Chicago tied the score 1-1 in the third start with a four-pitch walk to Yasmani Grandal, who went into an 0-for-21 fall. eye on second baseman Marcus Semien’s glove and scored on a sacrifice fly by Seby Zavala.
Jimenez homered in the fourth to give Chicago the lead.
Kendall Graveman left bases loaded in the eighth, out Leody Taveras on a first pitch out at first base to end the inning. White Sox third reliever Liam Hendriks threw a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances.
The White Sox have won 13 of their last 20 games.
Rangers have lost four of their last five games and fell 12 games below .500 to match their season low. They are the worst of the majors 6-24 in one-point games.
Glenn Otto (4-8) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings while tying a career high with seven strikeouts. Otto is 0-6 in eight starts since returning from the COVID-19 injury list.
White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (back) is due to kick off a mock game on Saturday. “I understand he’s four or five days away from being ready,” manager Tony La Russa said.
Rangers: INF-OF Brad Miller (sprained neck) has been activated from the 10-day injured list. Miller was the DH on Friday, his first action since July 17, and went 0 for 3. To make room for him on the active roster, INF-OF Nick Solak was picked for Triple-A Round Rock.
White Sox RHP Michael Kopech (4-7, 3.12 ERA) will face Rangers RHP Dane Dunning (1-6, 4.30) on Saturday. Kopech, of the East Texas town of Mount Pleasant, tied a season high with seven innings last time out in a 2-1 loss to Kansas City. Dunning has four straight no-decisions and hasn’t won since April 30.