DETROIT -- Lucas Giolito's growing maturity on the mound was evident in the sixth inning of Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park, ending a three-game losing streak for the White Sox.
Detroit had loaded the bases with nobody out after singles from Niko Goodrum and Victor Martinez and a walk drawn by Jim Adduci. Giolito was at 90 pitches but still given the chance by manager Rick Renteria to battle through the bottom of the Tigers order, and he won that battle in nine pitches.
James McCann popped up weakly to right field, Giolito blew away Mike Gerber for his seventh strikeout and Victor Reyes popped up to third baseman Matt Davidson to end the inning. Giolito yielded three two-out runs in the first inning but pitched scoreless baseball over the next five, retiring 10 of 11 at one point.
"I mean, as the start goes on, I felt I was getting better and better, commanding better," Giolito said. "There were some unfortunate base hits. Just beared down, made my pitches and got out of it. I was facing the bottom of the order. I knew I had to get ahead and put them away."
"Basically, for me, we had somebody ready to pick him up should it start to open up a little bit," Renteria said. "He worked his way out of a high-leverage situation with bases loaded, nobody out. Did a great job."
The White Sox offense scored three off Tigers starter Blaine Hardy in the first, two of which came on a botched Kevan Smith sacrifice fly by the Tigers. Ryan LaMarre, a local who played three years at the University of Michigan, launched his first career home run in the second to give the White Sox the lead, and Jose Abreu's two-run double in the fifth put the White Sox up three.
Jace Fry struck out four over two hitless innings, while Xavier Cedeno picked up his first save of the season by striking out Nicholas Castellanos, who represented the tying run in the ninth. Castellanos was 5-for-5 with five RBIs on Monday but finished 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on Tuesday. He was 0-for-3 against Giolito.
"[I] wasn't exactly sharp in the first," Giolito said. "Just trusting my stuff after that and bouncing back. [Smith] was really good back there. We were mixing it up on them. The changeup was good, and this was probably the best my curveball has felt all year, throwing it for a strike."
Avisail Garcia's single in the fifth broke a 0-for-20 stretch. Garcia is 6-for-47 (.128) in the month of August with two home runs, two doubles and three RBIs.
HE SAID IT
"There's quite a few people. I saw some buddies sitting down the line. I haven't looked at my phone, but I'm sure a lot of people are pretty happy." -- LaMarre, on his friends and family seeing his first career home run
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Left-hander Carlos Rodon (3-3, 2.61 ERA) will make his 12th start of the season in Wednesday afternoon's series finale against Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 3.98) and the Tigers with a 12:10 p.m. CT first pitch. Rodon has held opponents to a .187 batting average on the season, and his 0.98 ERA over his past five starts is the second lowest in the Majors during that span behind Pittsburgh's Trevor Williams (0.68).