SAN FRANCISCO — After Lance Lynn had one of his best starts to the season, Larry Garcia and the rest of his Chicago teammates wanted to play well.
Garcia broke a scoreless game in an RBI single, with two outs in Game 9, as the White Sox beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Friday night.
“Bring these people in,” Garcia said of his plan.
And backing Lynn’s strong outs: The right-hander allowed strikeouts and went two innings without a score in six.
“He’s been doing really well,” Garcia said. “Tonight was the best game for him, everyone saw that. He’s one of those guys who always competes.”
Gavin Sheets started the rally on a defensive turnover from pitcher Camilo Doval (2-4). AJ Pollock singled with two outs before Garcia’s tiebreaker turned right.
Andrew Vaughan hit a double-double for the White Sox in the eighth inning against Dominic Cleon, who then sparked an inning close for Louis Robert.
Tanner Banks (1-0) pitched his eighth win as Chicago faced San Francisco for the first time since 2017. Kendall Graveman made his fourth save as the White Sox won only for the third time in nine games.
Alex Cobb and Lynn allowed three hits each as they waited a night for the offense with a cool 56 degrees in the first game when the mist was above the outfield. While circling, the Seagulls flew over McCovey Bay in the final inning.
Cobb finished with five strikeouts and a walk.
The Giants fell to 7-4 in the league game, squandering a full-base chance in the first inning.
“I think we had a really good plan and approach from the start, and I think we’ve been working on a few things, it’s just that bigger hits change the course of an inning and a game, and the big long, an inning It’s so important to us and we’re not there yet,” manager Gabe Kappler said. “It’s really no different.”
Defending NL West champion San Francisco, who won a franchise-record 107 games last season, went 13-13 in June.
Giants center fielder Mike Yastrezemsky continued his excellent defense with a jumping catch on left center’s wall to steal Yoan Moncada’s lead in the fifth. A possible extra base bat.
According to Elias, Hall of Fame White Sox captain Tony LaRusa played against Kappler for the first time — the 155th different opponent manager LaRusa has in a major league record.
Cuito is back
Right-hander Johnny Cotto returned to the White Sox after six seasons with the Giants.
Cueto smiled, raised his hat and waved as it showed on the big screen.
“He’s very smart. As a pitcher, he knows how to get through the lineup, and he’s a worker,” La Russa said. “Personality, people love being around him, he loves contributing what he knows. He could have been better for us.”
White Sox: Eloy Jiménez, who has returned to work with surgery to tear the back hamstring tendon in his right knee, has continued to do more in his recovery after having to step back due to pain. “He’s improving,” La Russa said. “You have to be very careful. He had surgery, he had something removed. Of course he didn’t want to get hurt again, so he had to be careful and we encouraged him to be careful. So he was building up slowly and nobody was urging him.”
Giants: RHP Anthony DeSclafani has been placed on the 15-day injured list with an inflammation of his right ankle, a move that dates back to Tuesday. Surgery may still be necessary, Kappler said, and discussions about “next steps” are ongoing. “There’s a problem there,” Kappler said. … Kappler expects SS Brandon Crawford to leave Illinois when eligible after missing Monday with an inflammation of his left knee.
The Giants have recalled INF Jason Vosler from Triple-A Sacramento.
White Sox RHP Dylan Cease (6-3, 2.56 ERA) made his sixth road start of the season at halftime of the series and had a career-best 13 strikeouts against Baltimore The outs ended seven scoreless innings.
The Giants sent RHP Logan Webb (7-2, 3.04) to the mound on Saturday seeking a decision for his third straight win.
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