Lucas Giolito preserves the Chicago White Sox bullpen with a 7-inning, 12-strikeout performance to complete a 4-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles

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The Chicago White Sox played twice Saturday. They have two more games on the horizon Monday.

Lucas Giolito knew the importance of a lengthy outing Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.

“That was one of the biggest goals was going as deep as I possibly could,” Giolito said. “Any game after a doubleheader where we play 14 innings, it’s on that starter the next day to give it their best effort and pitch deep.

“I had my eye on the pitch count pretty much from the first inning on, making sure that I was trying to fill up the zone early with first-pitch strikes (and) putting guys away in four pitches or less.”

Giolito delivered, allowing one run on three hits with 12 strikeouts and three walks in seven innings as the Sox beat the Orioles 3-1 to complete a sweep of the four-game series in front of 21,067 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“He’s the first and biggest star by a lot,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said.

Giolito recorded his 13th career double-digit strikeout game, tying Javier Vázquez for fourth-most in Sox history, in the 108-pitch outing.

“The changeup for me today was pretty big,” Giolito said. “They were showing early. It looked like a fastball approach, so we were able to mix the changeup off of the fastball. I was able to keep the fastball in the top part of the zone. When I’m doing that, my changeup’s going to be more effective. We were able to get a lot more width with it. Just control the count.”

The Sox pulled ahead with two runs in the seventh. Nick Madrigal broke a 1-1 tie, knocking in Tim Anderson with a triple to right. Yoán Moncada followed with an RBI single to center, and the Sox held on for their sixth win in seven games. The Orioles lost their 13th straight.

Billy Hamilton supplied the early offense for the Sox with his second home run in as many days. His solo homer to left in the third tied the score at 1.

“That was one where I knew I had it, but I didn’t want to act like I knew it because I don’t hit home runs and I’m not to a point where I’m able to pimp home runs,” Hamilton said. “So I was like, I know I’ve got this one, let me get a nice little trot around the bases.

“(Third base coach Joe McEwing) told me the other day he thought I missed third base, so when I came around third, I made sure I slowed down and touched third. Because that’s not what you want to do, to hit a home run and have it not count because you missed third base. It was a little slower, but I wasn’t jogging around there.”

It was the second time in his career he homered in consecutive games. The other time occurred June 14-15, 2014, with the Cincinnati Reds in Milwaukee. Hamilton, who made his major-league debut in September 2013, has 24 career home runs in 3,187 plate appearances.

“It’s not about hitting home runs, it’s about getting on, making contact,” Hamilton said. “Today was another day where I just want to put the ball in play, and it ended up going out the park.”

The Orioles threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with one out. Giolito struck out Anthony Santander and got Maikel Franco to pop up to catcher Zack Collins for the final out.

“I knew that those next two hitters would probably be looking for a heater to drive and get those runs in, and we weren’t going to give in there,” Giolito said. “I really relied heavily on the changeup. That’s on Zack too. He called all those pitches. I don’t think I shook at all in that situation.

“He recognized that the changeup was working there. The fastball was a little iffy, and so we used the changeup to get out of it.”

Anderson singled to begin the seventh against Orioles reliever Dillon Tate and stole second. Tate attempted to pick off Anderson and made a throwing error, advancing Anderson to third.

Madrigal drove him home with a triple to right, giving the Sox a 2-1 lead.

“When Tim got to second base, I was just trying to move him over to third base, and when he got to third base, I was just trying to drive him in,” Madrigal said. “I wasn’t really thinking about the results at that point, I was just trying to make contact, hope for the best.”

Moncada followed with an RBI single to center.

Garrett Crochet pitched a perfect eighth, and closer Liam Hendriks — back on the mound after saving both games of Saturday’s doubleheader — retired the side in order in the ninth for his 13th save.

The Sox have a 3½-game lead in the American League Central over the second-place Cleveland Indians as the teams begin a four-game series with a doubleheader Monday at Progressive Field.

“Early in the year, it seemed like we hadn’t really hit our stride,” Madrigal said, “but right now it feels like things are clicking and it’s a great feeling for us.”

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