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Carrasco wins No. 14 as Indians hang on to beat White Sox

By PAUL HOYNES • Aug 12, 2018 at 8:29 PM

CHICAGO — Carlos Carrasco doesn't have a winning record against the White Sox in his career. He doesn't have that great an ERA.

But lately he sure has taken a liking to Guaranteed Rate Field. OK, the name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but to Carrasco it's a lyrical as Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium.

Carrasco allowed one run in seven innings Sunday as the Indians beat the White Sox, 9-7, to take two out of three games in the series. Carrasco in his last four starts at Guaranteed Rate Field is 4-0 with a 0.58 ERA.

The Indians seemingly settled this game early, scoring six runs on seven hits against Dylan Covey (4-9) in the first two innings. Melky Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the first to get the Indians going against his old team.

On Saturday night Chicago starter James Shields threw behind Cabrera. He was later hit in the side by reliever Luis Avilan. After the game he said there was no reason for the White Sox to be throwing at him and that he enjoyed hit time playing on Chicago's south side.

But perhaps Cabrera had a little extra mojo going for him on Sunday.

Michael Brantley started the first-inning rally with a single. Yandy Diaz, who joined the team Sunday after Edwin Encarnacion was placed on the disabled list, followed with a single to right. Yonder Alonso delivered Brantley with another single for a 1-0 lead.

Cabrera followed with just his second homer of the year. He sent a 3-2 pitch over the right field fence for a 4-0 lead.

The Indians made it 6-1 in the in the second on RBI singles by Jason Kipnis and Diaz. Speaking of Diaz and Kipnis, they both had big days.

Diaz went 3-for-5 with two RBI. In five games with the Indians this year, he's 10-for-19.

Kipnis went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Kipnis was hitting in the No.3 spot because Jose Ramirez got the day off. It's the highest he's hit in the lineup since May 9.

On the flip side, Francisco Lindor not only had a tough game, but a tough series. He went 1-for-12 in the series.

The Indians have won seven of their last nine games to improve 8-3 in August. They are 37-7 in the AL Central this year.

Carrasco (14-6, 3.59) struck out nine and allowed three hits. He's 6-1 in his last eight starts.

The Indians now have two 14 game winners in Carrasco and Corey Kluber. Trevor Bauer is right behind with 12 wins.

The Tribe's last three runs came on a sacrifice fly by Yan Gomes in the seventh. Kipnis and Diaz singled home runs in the eighth. Alonso was robbed of a three-run homer in the eighth by a fine leaping catch at the fence by center fielder Adam Engel.

Engel tipped his cap to the cheering crowd and it seemed to ignite the White Sox.

In the eighth, Engel and Yolmer Sanchez homered off Adam Cimber to make it 9-3. The White Sox continued to rally in the ninth against Dan Otero and Cody Allen as the they scored four mores runs. Engel struck again with a two-run triple to make it 9-7, but Allen rallied to strikeout the next two batters and earn his 23rd save and second in as many days.

What it means

The Indians are 10-3 against the White Sox this year and have won 21 of the last 29 games between the two teams.

Challenged on challenges

The Tribe won the game, but lost the battle of the challenges on Sunday.

They challenged Sanchez's safe call at second base in the first inning, feeling that Lindor held the bag long enough despite an offline throw from Alonso for the out.

Second base umpire Carlos Torres called Sanchez safe and after a review of 1:50 his call was upheld.

In the fourth, Lindor stole second base, but the White Sox challenges, saying he came off the bag. After another review Torres' safe call was overturned and Lindor was called out.

The Indians are 12-for-29 on their challenges this season.

The pitches

Covey threw 80 pitches, 49 (61 percent) for strikes. Carrasco threw 90 pitches, 64 (71 percent) for strikes.

Thanks for coming

The Indians and White Sox drew 23,853 fans to Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday. First pitch was at 2:10 p.m. with a temperature of 82 degrees.

Up next

The Indians open a three-game interleague series Monday night against the Reds at Great American Ballpark. Right-hander Mike Clevinger (7-7, 3.38) will face the Reds and right-hander Homer Bailey (1-9, 6.19). Game time is 7:10 p.m.. with SportsTime Ohio and WLKR-FM 95.3 carrying the game.

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