CLEVELAND -- Carlos Carrasco was effective into the sixth and the Indians' late-inning bullpen trio handled the rest, helping the Tribe to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field. Cleveland took two out of three to win the series.Carrasco (6-3) limited Chicago to two
CLEVELAND -- Carlos Carrasco was effective into the sixth and the Indians' late-inning bullpen trio handled the rest, helping the Tribe to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field. Cleveland took two out of three to win the series.
Carrasco (6-3) limited Chicago to two runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking one in the win. After his exit, Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings to lock down a lead that was provided via offensive contributions from a handful of hitters.
Miller took over for Carrasco in the sixth and struck out two to strand a runner at second.
"It was great. We have an unbelievable bullpen," Carrasco said. "As soon as I saw Miller, I said, 'This inning is over.' I just left the man on second base right there. Shaw, Cody Allen, it was amazing."
"We got the tying run to the plate and we had the potential winning run in the on-deck circle," said White Sox manager Rick Renteria of the ninth inning against Allen. "We just weren't able to get there."
Lefty Jose Quintana lasted five innings, allowing run-scoring singles to Roberto Perez (second inning) and Erik Gonzalez (fourth). Quintana dropped to 2-8 on the year after being charged with three runs on five hits. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor added an RBI double in the seventh against reliever Tommy Kahnle to give Allen a little more cushion for his 15th save of the year.
• Skill unquestioned, Quintana aims to improve
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Miller Time: Carrasco ran into trouble with one out in the sixth, hitting Jose Abreu with a pitch (the second bruising in the past three games for the first baseman) to open the door for the White Sox. After back-to-back doubles by Avisail Garcia and Todd Frazier trimmed the Tribe's lead to one run, the Indians handed the ball to Miller. The relief ace struck out the next two batters to end the rally and logged 1 2/3 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 0.29 on the season.
"He's just really good," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Miller. "And to boot, he's really competitive. He's not the loudest guy, but when he's on, everyone sees. When it's not perfect, he has that ability to really compete. That's a nice combination."
Gonzalez's milestone: With two outs, runners on the corners and Gonzalez batting in the fourth, Quintana uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Jose Ramirez to score from third. Austin Jackson also moved up to second on the miscue, making it easier to score when Gonzalez shot a pitch back up the middle for a single. The infielder's first career RBI put Cleveland ahead, 3-0, serving as the game's decisive run.
"To his credit, you can see that he's staying sharp," Francona said of Gonzalez, who was playing in place of second baseman Jason Kipnis. "He's not losing a step defensively for sure and he's been hitting in the cage with [the hitting coaches]. It's just nice to see him have some success in a game. One, it helps us win. But two, you just feel better that he's OK." More >
"I try to do my routine every day like I'm going to play. I'm not in the lineup every day, but I think in my mind that I'm in the lineup every day. I prepare every day the same in the cage, and I try to take ground balls at different positions in BP, and being focused like I'm in the lineup." -- Gonzalez, on staying sharp while in a utility role
"That's why they made it to the World Series last year. They are really good." -- Frazier, on facing the Cleveland bullpen
LEURY LEAVES EARLY
Willy Garcia replaced Leury Garcia in center field in the bottom of the fifth after Leury was caught stealing to end the top of the frame. The word from the White Sox was that Leury left with soreness in his left hand and is day to day.
"He jammed it. He initially jammed his middle finger in the slide to first base," Renteria said of the injury happening on the first play of the game at the end of an 11-pitch at-bat against Carrasco. "That's when he first did it.
"On the throw to second, I think it was Lindor [who] took him up the line. He ended up hitting his hand on his ankle or something again. That's what precipitated us taking him out. It was a little tender. We'll know more tomorrow."
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
In the sixth inning, Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion came close to belting his third homer in as many days with a towering blast that struck the pedestrian bridge beyond the Home Run Porch in left field. The shot carried over the left-field pole and was called foul. Encarnacion threw his arms in the air in disbelief, but the ruling stood after a crew-chief review lasting one minute and 51 seconds. Per Statcast™, Encarnacion's foul had a 111-mph exit velocity and traveled a projected 443 feet.
"My guess is that it probably could have been called fair," Francona said. "But because of the camera angle, it's not going to get overturned. That's what I was talking to [home plate umpire] Mike Everitt about. If they call it fair off the bat, they're [probably] not going to overturn it either."
White Sox:Mike Pelfrey (2-5, 3.80 ERA) makes his 10th start of the season in the opener of an abbreviated four-game homestand against the Orioles, with a first pitch of 7:10 p.m. CT on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Pelfrey, who reached 10 years of big league service time on Saturday, is 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA over his past four starts.
Indians:Trevor Bauer (5-5, 6.10 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers at 7:10 p.m. ET at Progressive Field. The right-hander is coming off a rough outing in which he allowed four runs on five hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings against the Rockies on Wednesday.
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