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By MARK GONZALES
CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Robert homered twice, Dylan Cease tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and the Chicago White Sox pounded the Chicago Cubs 13-1 on Sunday.
Eloy Jiménez, Yasmani Grandal and Brian Goodwin also connected for the White Sox, who went 5-1 against the Cubs this year. Robert, Jiménez and Goodwin each drove in three runs.
White Sox slugger José Abreu hit a two-run double in a seven-run fifth to get to 101 RBIs with 29 games left. The reigning AL MVP drove in a career-high 123 runs in 2019. “He’s one of the elite run producers in the history of the game,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.
Jiménez and Cease, who were acquired from the Cubs as part of a five-player trade for left-hander Jose Quintana on July 13, 2017, continued to haunt their former organization.
After Abreu’s two-out double over the head of Rafael Ortega in center field, Jiménez chased Kyle Hendricks (14-6) with a three-run homer to right that lifted the White Sox to an 8-1 lead.
Jiménez is batting .372 (16 for 43) with six homers and 14 RBIs in 13 games against the Cubs.
Cease (11-6) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. The right-hander posted a 4-0 record and a 2.68 ERA in six starts in August.
Cease is 2-0 with 21 strike- outs in his last two starts against the Cubs.
“I feel my velocity lately has been picking up,” Cease said.
Meanwhile, Hendricks is 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in five career road starts against the White Sox. Hendricks allowed a career-high nine runs against Milwaukee on Aug. 12.
Frank Schwindel homered for the Cubs in the fourth. He has hit safely in 21 of 26 games since joining the team on July 30.
Cubs first baseman Alfonso Rivas made his major league debut, hitting a single and double in his first two at-bats.
The Cubs advanced only three runners as far as second base against Cease and three relievers.
The Sox scored 30 runs in the three-game series despite getting blanked Saturday by Alec Mills and Codi Heuer.
Rivas and reliever Scott Effross became the 62nd and 63rd players employed by the Cubs this season and the 37th and 38th players to make their Cubs debut — both extending franchise records. Twelve players have made their major league debuts with the Cubs, one shy of the franchise record set in 2012