Sox Sock Carrasco Early and Hold On; White Sox 7, Indians 4
Bob Toth | On 09, Sep 2015
The Chicago White Sox jumped on Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco early, chasing him with two long balls after just two and two-thirds, and held off a late Indians rally in a 7-4 win on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Carrasco, making his first start after being activated from the disabled list, gave up a three-run homer to Rob Brantly in the second, his first hit of the season. Jose Abreu added a long drive in the third to give the Sox an early 4-0 lead. He would single in another run in the fifth and Trayce Thompson plated a pair with a two-out single in the seventh. Cleveland struggled against Chicago starter Carlos Rodon, getting a run in the fifth on an RBI-single from Mike Aviles, two on a Michael Brantley homer in the eighth, and one final run on a long homer from Jose Ramirez in the ninth.
With the loss, the Indians fall to six games in back of the Texas Rangers for the second of the two American League Wild Card spots. They have still won nine of their last 13 games and will conclude their nine-game road trip through Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago with Wednesday’s finale, scheduled for 8:05 PM ET.
W: Rodon (7-6)
L: Carrasco (12-10)
HR: Brantly (1, 2nd inning off Carrasco, 2 on, 1 out); Abreu (26, 3rd inning off Carrasco, 0 on, 1 out); Brantley (13, 8th inning off Nate Jones, 1 on, 0 out); Ramírez (3, 9th inning off Zach Duke, 0 on, 0 out)
Photo: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast