Minneapolis, Minn. ( Associated Press) — Dylan Cease bowled a hit ball in seven innings in his latest stellar start for the Chicago White Sox, who beat Minnesota 11-0 on Sunday and reached the break. The All-Star won three out of four games against the Twins.
Siege (9-4) allowed Alex Kiriloff a single and two walks in just the fifth inning. Andrew Vaughan had three hits and three RBIs to help bring the White Sox to within three games of AL central-leading Minnesota. Cleveland is two games behind.
The White Sox had 16 hits on a hot and humid afternoon, including homers by Yoan Moncada, Vaughan and Josh Harrison in the seventh inning. Chicago edged out the Twins 32–10 during the series to improve the standings two games.
Reducing his ERA to 2.15 with his fifth no-scoring start of the season, Cease scored eight runs to become the fastest pitcher to record 500 career strikes in White Sox history. He got there in 399 1/3 innings, far ahead of seven-time All-Star Chris Sells (472 1/3 innings).
For the White Sox, Cuban’s Yoan Moncada scored two runs and two RBIs, Jose Abreu scored 5-2. Dominican Leri Garcia 4-1 with a run.
Luis Arrez of Venezuela won 4-0 for the Twins. Puerto Rican Carlos Correa 3-0, Jose Miranda 2-0. Dominican Gilberto Celestino 2-0, Jorge Polanco 2-0, Gary Sanchez 2-0.