Another Strong Carrasco Start Pushes Tribe to Series Win; Indians 3, White Sox 2

Roberto Perez caught Cody Allen’s fastball down the middle and pumped his fist immediately. The closer escaped an eighth inning jam and retired the side in the ninth, allowing the Indians to walk away from U.S. Cellular Field with their fourth straight series win following their 3-2 win over the White Sox.

Carlos Carrasco made his fourth start since his return from the bullpen and again proved why the move was made as he earned the win. He faced John Danks, who was 9-8 with a 4.96 ERA heading into the game.

The Indians struck early as Michael Bourn opened the game with a lead-off triple and scored on a ground out hit by Jose Ramirez. The White Sox retaliated, putting runners on second and third in the bottom of the first inning, though they were unable to capitalize on their runners in scoring position. They did, however, capitalize on Adam Eaton’s single in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Jose Abreu singled to score Eaton and tie the game at 1-1.

Jason Kipnis stole his twentieth base of the season with two outs in the top of the fourth inning with two outs, though the inning ended without any runs scored. Both sides were retired in order in the fifth, keeping the game tied at one.

For the fourth time in six innings, the Indians started the sixth inning with their lead-off hitter reaching base on a single from Ramirez, who stole second with Michael Brantley at the plate. He advanced to third on a ground out by Brantley and scored on a two-out single from Kipnis to give the Indians a 2-1 lead. A single from Mike Aviles sent Kipnis sliding headfirst into third, though the inning ended without further runs scoring.

Carrasco struck out his seventh batter in the sixth inning, holding the White Sox to a 2-1 deficit.

Ronald Belisario replaced Danks in the top of the seventh inning. He gave up a one-out single to Roberto Perez with one out, followed by a single to Bourn. Belisario was removed from the game after giving up a base hit to Michael Brantley that scored Perez and gave the Tribe a 3-1 lead. He was replaced by Daniel Webb who walked Carlos Santana to load the bases before ending the inning as Kipnis flew out to center field.

Carrasco pitched into the seventh before being replaced by Marc Rzepczynski after six and two thirds innings. Rzepczynski retired the batter he faced to end the inning with the Tribe still up 3-1. Bryan Shaw pitched in the eighth inning for the Tribe, retiring two, before Cody Allen was called on with two outs and two men on base. He gave up a single that scored Alexei Ramirez and shortened the Indians lead to 3-2, though the Tribe managed to prevent further damage in the rest of the inning.

Bourn’s last at-bat was reminiscent of his first, as he delivered a triple with one out in the top of the ninth. Despite putting Brantley on first, the Indians could not add extra runs to their score and ended the top of the ninth with a 3-2 lead. Allen returned for the ninth to retire the side and secure the Indians’ win over the White Sox. The Indians improved to 68-64 on the year.

The Indians will face division competitor Kansas City tomorrow in the first of a three-game series as Danny Salazar is matched again Jason Vargas.

Photo: David Banks/Getty Images

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