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Lucas Giolito becomes first pitcher with 10 wins as White Sox reach .500 with rout of Yankees

Eloy Jimenez launched two three-run homers to become the first Sox rookie to drive in six runs in a game since Jose Abreu in 2014.

Sox starter Lucas Giolito limited the Yankees to one run and four hits in six-plus innings Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Sox starter Lucas Giolito limited the Yankees to one run and four hits in six-plus innings Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
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For the record, White Sox ace Lucas Giolito isn’t always in control.

Sometimes his emotions get the best of him. He loses his composure. His mood turns dark.

Granted, this happens with a video-game console in his hand instead of a baseball.

‘‘Worst mood I’ve ever seen him in?’’ fellow right-hander Dylan Covey said, pausing to think about his spring-training roommate. ‘‘Probably when we’re playing video games and he loses or makes a bad play. He gets frustrated with himself.’’

OK, fine. So Giolito doesn’t rank among the top FIFA 19 players in the majors. Just ask his teammates, who grin as they describe his defeats and subsequent anger when they beat him in one-on-one competitions.

That’s about the only thing Giolito struggles with these days. He became the first 10-game winner in the majors this season by winning his eighth consecutive start as the Sox routed the Yankees 10-2 to reach the .500 mark at 34-34.

Giolito (10-1) yielded one run in six-plus innings to lower his ERA to 2.22.

‘‘It feels nice after the year I had last year to come into my own and do my thing,’’ said Giolito, who had a 6.13 ERA last season. ‘‘The work’s not finished.’’

After Yankees slugger Luke Voit clubbed Giolito’s fourth pitch over the wall in center field, Giolito quickly regrouped. He retired 11 of the next 13 batters in robotic fashion as the Yankees tried and failed to throw him off-course.

Voit stared down Giolito after a 95 mph fastball sailed up and in during his second at-bat, but Giolito didn’t engage.

Gleyber Torres waited forever to dig into the batter’s box, drawing angry yells from fans and a directive from the umpire. Giolito waited patiently and got Torres to ground out on the next pitch, ending the inning.

A year ago, an early moonshot or a hitter’s antics might have derailed Giolito’s night.

‘‘I think this year he’s been really good at staying focused on the mound and not letting things get to him,’’ Sox reliever Ryan Burr said. ‘‘I hear him talk all the time about the differences between this year and last year. He always talks about last year he got 2-0 in a count, he’d kind of worry a little bit. This year he gets to a 2-0 count, he says, ‘Screw it, here comes my best pitch.’

‘‘That’s what you’re seeing a lot of. He’s just being super-aggressive. That’s what you have to do in this league.’’

It hasn’t taken much run support for Giolito to pile up victories. The Sox provided more than enough Friday, with Eloy Jimenez launching two three-run home runs for a career-high six RBI. Yolmer Sanchez drove in two others.

Jimenez became the first Sox rookie to drive in six runs in a game since Jose Abreu on April 25, 2014.

‘‘I feel more patient at the plate,’’ Jimenez said. ‘‘I’m seeing the ball better because I don’t rush anything.’’

A crowd of 31,438 savored it all.

Giolito said the Sox could keep climbing.

‘‘I think we can be one of the best teams in the league,’’ Giolito said. ‘‘We 100 percent have the talent. We have more talent on the way, developing in the minor leagues. The sky’s the limit for us. Absolutely.’’