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Moore, Sandoval's 4 RBIs pace SF past Sox

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CHICAGO -- Matt Moore allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings and Pablo Sandoval had a home run and four RBIs to lead the Giants to a 9-2 victory over the White Sox on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. It was Moore's first start since Aug. 29, having worked two scoreless innings of relief against the Cardinals on Sept. 3.

Moore won for just the second time in his last eight decisions and for the first time since Aug. 18. It was his first quality start since a run of three straight from Aug. 13-23. He had 22 balls in play with an average exit velocity of 83.4 mph, 11 called strikes and just eight swings and misses per Statcast™.

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CHICAGO -- Matt Moore allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings and Pablo Sandoval had a home run and four RBIs to lead the Giants to a 9-2 victory over the White Sox on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. It was Moore's first start since Aug. 29, having worked two scoreless innings of relief against the Cardinals on Sept. 3.

Moore won for just the second time in his last eight decisions and for the first time since Aug. 18. It was his first quality start since a run of three straight from Aug. 13-23. He had 22 balls in play with an average exit velocity of 83.4 mph, 11 called strikes and just eight swings and misses per Statcast™.

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"I threw some of the better [changeups] I've thrown all year, and there were some I got away with," Moore said. "I'd say it was there seven out of every 10 times I threw it or so. I thought I had a good breaking ball. I was able to get the cutter into righties and fastball into some lefties there."

His main offensive support came from Sandoval, who hit a three-run home run off of White Sox starter Lucas Giolito with two outs in the fourth. Sandoval's drive to right broke a 0-for-39 slide. Denard Span hit his 11th home run to highlight a three-run ninth inning for San Francisco.

Video: SF@CWS: Span smacks a solo shot into the Giants' pen

"They were just happy for [Pablo]," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's a tough skid he was in, and to break it like that. That's a good way to come out of it. He got all of it, too. Nice swing there."

Giolito allowed five runs, with three earned, over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five, walked four and had 11 swings and misses of his 107 pitches. Five of them came off of Giolito's fastball, which averaged 92 mph on the night, per Statcast™.

"The big glaring thing was not commanding the changeup as well as I usually do," Giolito said. "And then from there just falling behind too many batters. The pitch count got way up there, a lot of 2-1 and 3-2 counts. I wish I did a better job of getting ahead of guys and putting them away."

The night ended twice in the sixth for Giolito. First, White Sox manager Rick Renteria replaced him with reliever Aaron Bummer, and after exchanging words with home-plate umpire Gabe Morales, Giolito was ejected. Moments later, Renteria also was ejected by crew chief Eric Cooper.

• Giolito ejected by plate ump as he exits start

Video: SF@CWS: Giolito, Renteria tossed for arguing calls

Avisail Garcia's 15th homer in the fourth provided the White Sox their two runs off of Moore.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gearrin Up: Moore left the game with a four-run lead and the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh with Jose Abreu coming to the plate against Cory Gearrin. Gearrin ran a 92.4-mph sinker in on Abreu's hands, getting the slugger to ground out, halting the White Sox rally.

"Huge," Moore said. "He's probably done that six, seven times this season already, coming in with the bases loaded, and it's not like you're coming in with bases loaded facing anybody. That's their best hitter over there, and he did a great job."

Video: SF@CWS: Gearrin induces grounder to escape jam

Panda Express: The Giants' third baseman continued a miserable stretch at the plate Friday in his first at-bat, flying out to left field to extend his skid to 0-for-39 -- the longest stretch in Giants history for a position player since at least 1900, and the longest of any position player in the Majors since Coco Crisp also had an 0-for-39 stretch between the 2014-15 seasons. Sandoval snapped out of it in a big way in the fourth, though, driving an 82-mph changeup from Giolito 413 feet, according to Statcast™, to give San Francisco a 3-0 lead.

"One of those balls were going to fall one day," Sandoval said. "You're not going to be 0-for-100, so just focus up there, try to keep working hard in the cage. Put a great performance in the game, that's what I was looking for. Hopefully they keep falling for me." More >

Video: SF@CWS: Sandoval ends hit slump with three-run jack

QUOTABLE
"He was walking away. I didn't think it was so egregious. I think mine was more true to being tossed." -- Renteria, on his ejection following Giolito's

"With Pablo, nothing about me wanted to stop talking to him, cutting up with him. He's got a good energy, and always brings it. When you are going back and people start to leave you alone, I think I go the opposite. I try to keep it light, make a joke out of something here and there. It ain't easy. Hitting, I think, is harder than pitching, and I'm a pitcher saying that. It's all on your plate. You're either going to do it or not." -- Moore, on Sandoval

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Giants looked to take advantage of Chicago's second error in the first two innings by sending Mac Williamson to steal second base on White Sox catcher Kevan Smith. After umpires originally ruled that Williamson beat shortstop Tim Anderson's tag, the White Sox challenged that Williamson came off the base and Anderson's tag stayed on him. The call was overturned after a minute-long review, and the inning was over.

Video: SF@CWS: Smith, Anderson nab Williamson after review

WHAT'S NEXT
Giants: Jeff Samardzija will make his first start against his former team at 4:10 p.m. PT on Saturday. "The Shark" pitched with the White Sox in 2015 and has pitched at least six innings in eight straight starts.

White Sox: Despite taking a line drive off of his right knee in Monday's start against Cleveland, James Shields will take his regular turn Saturday for a 6:10 p.m. CT first pitch against the Giants. Shields is winless in his last 11 starts, going 0-5 with a 6.64 ERA.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Giants on Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.