The Chicago White Sox hit four solo home runs and got seven and two-third strong innings from right-hander Reynaldo Lopez in a 5-2 win at Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday night.
Solo shots in each of the first three innings from the White Sox lineup against Shane Bieber put Chicago up early, overcoming a pair of RBI from Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor in the first and third innings. The Indians’ bats could not get going against Lopez though, and the Sox tacked on several runs late to give them a win in the series opener of a quick two-game set from Chicago.
The White Sox moved to 19-21 on the season, with the Indians dropping to 21-19 in defeat. Cleveland is 4-12 on the year when scoring two runs or less.
The Indians gave Bieber a quick lead to work with just three pitches into the game as Lindor drove a four-seamer into the right field corner for his 13th career leadoff home run, giving Cleveland a 1-0 lead.
The White Sox got the run right back in the bottom of the first. Jose Abreu came to the plate with two outs after back-to-back strikeouts by Charlie Tilson and Yoan Moncada, but he carved up a slider and sent it to center for his tenth homer of the season, tying the game at one.
After Lopez retired the side in order in the second, the White Sox took their first lead of the night. Bieber retired Tim Anderson on a grounder to short and struck out Nicky Delmonico for his third strikeout through six batters, but catcher Welington Castillo put the club out front with a solo shot to left-center, making it a 2-1 game.
The Indians got the run right back in the top of the third after a leadoff walk by Leonys Martin. Catcher Kevin Plawecki fouled out to first, but with Lindor at the plate, Martin stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Castillo. Lindor sent the next pitch deep to right for a sacrifice fly, tying the game at two.
The lead was again short-lived as the White Sox scored for the third straight inning. A fly to right by Ryan Cordell and a strikeout by Tilson to start the inning brought Moncada to the plate. His good numbers this season continued as he caught a fastball up in the zone and yanked it over the right field wall. His eighth homer made it a 3-2 game.
The White Sox would not look back from there. Lopez retired the next six in order before a leadoff single by Lindor in the sixth, but he was stranded at second after a stolen base as Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana both flied to center and Carlos Gonzalez struck out swinging. The White Sox added a fourth home run off of Bieber in the bottom of the sixth when Moncada led off the inning with his second homer of the day, going the opposite way just over the wall to give the White Sox a 4-2 lead.
Lopez worked a perfect seventh with two more strikeouts before the White Sox tacked on one more insurance run against Bieber and the Indians bullpen. A one-out Castillo ground rule double to left sent Bieber to the showers and the first batter faced by Tyler Olson, Yolmer Sanchez, knocked the run home with a double to left.
The Indians did little with their last ditch efforts against the White Sox staff. Lopez got the first two outs of the eighth before turning the game over to Aaron Bummer. He walked Lindor but got Kipnis to line out to first. In the ninth, Alex Colome handled the heart of the Indians order, getting Santana to line out before grounders to first by Gonzalez and Jose Ramirez, to earn his eighth save of the season.
Bieber took his first career loss on the road in a tough start. He struck out six and issued no walks, but the White Sox got to him with four solo homers and all five runs that they scored on the day. He is now 2-2 on the year with a 3.81 ERA.
Lopez shut down the Indians offense, giving up just two hits to Lindor on the day over seven and two-thirds innings of work. He allowed two runs, one earned, with two walks and six strikeouts. He moved to 3-4 on the year with a 5.58 ERA.
The Indians offense had just five base runners on the day. Lindor homered and singled and added a walk. Kipnis and Martin both reached via walk. The Indians were 0-for-1 on the day with runners in scoring position.
The Indians will look to avoid the sweep in a getaway day start on Tuesday afternoon. The White Sox will turn to left-hander Manny Banuelos (2-2, 6.67 ERA), who will make his second start of the season against the Indians. His last time out against them, he allowed five runs on eight hits in four and one-third innings to take his second straight loss. Carlos Carrasco (3-3, 4.91) will go for the Tribe in a rematch of last Thursday’s contest. He has been much improved in May, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.84 ERA with 15 strikeouts and no walks. All four runs that he has allowed this month came via solo homer. He struck out six and allowed just two hits over five innings in a rain-shortened start against the White Sox his last time out on Thursday.
First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 PM ET.
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