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Shane Bieber limited the Cincinnati offense to three runs over eight quality innings and Cleveland backed its ace with three long balls as the Indians avoided a series sweep with a 6-3 win over the Reds on Sunday afternoon.
Bieber picked up right where he left off his last time out, pitching deep into the ball game and giving his team a chance to win. Unlike his last start, which required nine shutout innings from him before victory came in extras, Bieber got some early run support to back his 13-K effort on the rubber.
An error by Josh Naylor with two outs in the ninth gave the Reds an extra out, and after tying the game, they knocked in the winning run in the tenth as Cincinnati stunned the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon, 3-2.
Emmanuel Clase had retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth on ground balls to Naylor. One out away from the victory, Clase got Max Schrock to ground to first. Naylor did not get his glove down and the ball skipped between his legs and into shallow right field, putting the tying run at second base. Jesse Winker, already with two hits under his belt on the afternoon, punched an 0-2 heater past a diving Andres Gimenez at short to score pinch-runner Nick Senzel to tie the game at two. Clase still needed the final out to send the game to extras, but Nick Castellanos singled to shallow center and Joey Votto reached on a check swing dribbler to short to load the bases, but Eugenio Suarez lined to Jordan Luplow to send the game to extras.
Jose Ramirez’s two-out, two-run home run in the sixth off of Lance Lynn moved Cleveland out in front and two more insurance runs late paced the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon.
One night after coming two outs from having a perfect game thrown against them and still suffering the club’s first no-hit effort against them in nearly a decade, the Tribe bats were quieted again for the first half of the game until the team’s slumping but perennial MVP candidate Ramirez gave Aaron Civale some support for his solid start on the mound.
After a brief scare on Tuesday when starting catcher Roberto Perez was crossed up with reliever James Karinchak and took a pitch to his bare right hand, the Cleveland Indians have brought in additional catching depth. The team announced the signing of 37-year-old backstop Rene Rivera to a minor league deal, assigning him to the team’s alternate training site.
Carlos Rodon etched his name in the Major League Baseball record book, losing a perfect game with one out in the ninth on a hit by pitch before nailing down the final two outs to secure a dominating 8-0 win for the Chicago White Sox over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
Rodon, scratched from his start on Monday with stomach issues but staring down a place in the historical archives, took the mound in the ninth with 95 pitches thrown to the minimum 24 batters that he had faced through eight. Josh Naylor found himself quickly in an 0-2 hole and grounded to first, losing a bang-bang foot race to the bag to reigning American League MVP Jose Abreu. Two outs away, Rodon got ahead of Roberto Perez with high heat, but went low and in with a back foot slider and caught the toe of Perez’s right cleat, sending the backstop to first base with Cleveland’s first base runner of the night and ending Rodon’s bid to pitch the fourth perfect game in ChiSox history. He went back to the slider to punch out Yu Chang on a questionable pitch in for the second out and got Jordan Luplow to ground his game-high 19th pitch of the inning to third base, where Yoan Moncada fired to Abreu to kickstart a celebration at the mound.
Another error played a factor between Cleveland and Chicago on Tuesday night, as the Indians scored a pair of runs in the tenth and held on by mere feet in the home half to knock off the White Sox, 2-0, from Guaranteed Rate Field.
With the end result of a top-billed pitchers’ duel leaving the game scoreless after nine innings of three-hit baseball for both sides, Garrett Crochet took the mound for the South Siders to face the bottom third of the Tribe lineup in the tenth. With Franmil Reyes standing at second base due to MLB’s extra innings rules, Crochet’s first pitch to Josh Naylor was chopped back to the mound and off of the glove of the second-year left-hander. Home plate umpire Bill Miller ruled catcher’s interference on Yasmani Grandal, putting runners on the corners for Cleveland. Yu Chang flied to shallow right for the first out, but Roberto Perez found the hole between third and short for a rare infield single, allowing Reyes to score the first run of the night. Amed Rosario grabbed a bat and pinch-hit for Andres Gimenez and roped a double to the left-center gap to plate Naylor with the second run of the inning, putting the Indians on top, 2-0. Jordan Luplow entered as a pinch-hitter for Ben Gamel to face new reliever Matt Foster, but he swung and missed on a low changeup for the second out. Cesar Hernandez lined out to second to strand a pair.