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White Sox blank Rangers 8-0 as magic number drops to 5

Chicago White Sox's Romy Gonzalez, left, and Billy Hamilton (0) celebrate after Gonzalez scored...
Chicago White Sox's Romy Gonzalez, left, and Billy Hamilton (0) celebrate after Gonzalez scored on a Cesar Hernandez double in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)(Tony Gutierrez | AP)
Published: Sep. 18, 2021 at 12:15 AM EDT
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Luis Robert hit a three-run double, Dylan Cease struck out 10 in five innings and the Chicago White Sox moved closer to their first division title in 13 years by trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-0.

Jose Abreu had two hits and drove in two runs, giving him 111 RBIs this season as the White Sox began an 11-game trip that will close their road schedule.

Chicago’s magic number over Cleveland fell to five for winning the AL Central and securing a second consecutive postseason berth for the first time in franchise history.

White Sox rookie Romy Gonzalez doubled twice among his career-best three hits and Cease had his eighth double-digit strikeout game of the season.

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9/18/2021 12:02:33 AM (GMT -4:00)