Three runs batted in from Lonnie Chisenhall, including two on an early home run, helped the Cleveland Indians claim a series win on Sunday afternoon as they held on for a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
The Indians have won 16 of their last 24 while improving to 74-74 on the season. With the victory, they kept pace with the Houston Astros, who defeated Oakland on Sunday afternoon. Cleveland remains four games in back of the second American League Wild Card spot and they trail Minnesota and Los Angeles by one and a half games.
Chisenhall got the Indians on the board in the bottom of the second against Chicago lefty John Danks, who entered the game with a 5-13 lifetime record against the Indians. He homered to right to knock in Yan Gomes, who had singled before him, to give the Tribe a 2-0 lead. Abraham Almonte doubled after the homer and moved to third on a fly out from Jason Kipnis before scoring on a single to left from Francisco Lindor to give the Indians three early runs in support of starter Josh Tomlin, who would hold the Sox scoreless over five and two-thirds.
Against the Sox bullpen in the sixth, Gomes and Chisenhall again teamed up on a run as Gomes doubled to deep center and Chisenhall plated him with a double of his own. After an out, Kipnis walked, Lindor hit a sacrifice fly to score Chisenhall, and Michael Brantley doubled home Kipnis from first.
The White Sox scored off of the Cleveland bullpen in the seventh and eighth innings, getting a two-run single from Jose Abreu against Zach McAllister and an RBI-groundout from Alexei Ramirez against Bryan Shaw.
W: J. Tomlin (6-2)
L: J. Danks (7-13)
S: Cody Allen (31)
HR: L. Chisenhall (7, 2nd inning off of Danks, 1 on, 1 out)
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