CLEVELAND -- Derek Holland might be wearing a new uniform, but the results against the Indians looked the same. The White Sox left-hander has tormented Cleveland's lineup over his career, and that did not change in a 2-1 victory for Chicago on Wednesday at Progressive Field.
Holland carried a no-hitter through five innings and ended with one hit surrendered over six shutout frames for the White Sox. That performance -- one that included four strikeouts and four walks -- lowered his career ERA to 1.02 in 35 1/3 innings in Cleveland. In his career against the Tribe, Holland has gone 6-1 with a 2.35 ERA (61 1/3 innings).
"Early in the game, he established his fastball," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "It seemed like he put the fastball in our heads, and then he went to his offspeed and was really good. I mean, we hit a few balls hard. On a night when we needed something to drop, they didn't. But, we didn't have a whole lot going against him."
"I love pitching here," said Holland, a native of Newark, Ohio. "This is where I'm home."
Cleveland's lack of offense spoiled a solid effort from right-hander Danny Salazar, who tied a career high with 11 strikeouts. Over six innings, Salazar scattered four hits and allowed two runs, which both came on a base hit from Matt Davidson in the second. The White Sox went 1-for-16 with 10 strikeouts after Davidson's single.
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Holland holds his ground: After holding the Indians to an 0-for-15 showing to open his outing, Cleveland posted "Derek Holland is throwing a no-hitter" on the scoreboard. The next batter, Francisco Lindor, doubled to left to end the lefty's bid at history. Holland later walked slugger Edwin Encarnacion, giving the Tribe a chance to break through with one out. After a mound visit, Holland induced a flyout from Jose Ramirez and a popout from Brandon Guyer to escape unscathed.
"Just stay calm, stay focused," Holland said. "I knew [catcher Omar Narvaez] was going to keep me right there. You are not going to give in just because of the situation."
Lindor or bust: The Indians' struggling lineup tried to mount a rally in the eighth against White Sox reliever Nate Jones. Carlos Santana singled and then Lindor sent a pitch high off the wall in center for a double. The shortstop pumped his fist and yelled upon reaching second. Lindor needed more help from his friends, though. Santana scored on a groundout by Michael Brantley, but then Encarnacion (strikeout) and Ramirez (groundout) could not come through.
"It's just one day," Brantley said of the offense's struggles. "We'll kind of get it rolling and it will take off from there. We all need to get in a rhythm, just relax, kind of pass it on to one another. We'll be just fine."
Ramirez turned in a highlight-reel defensive gem in the eighth inning, doing his part to keep the White Sox from building on their lead. With one out, Melky Cabrera sent a pitch from Dan Otero up the middle with an exit velocity of 107 mph. Ramirez, playing second, sprinted to his right, snared the sharply hit grounder and threw across his body to first. Ramirez's throw narrowly beat Cabrera to the bag for the second out of the inning.
"That was a great play," Francona said. "He's a good defender wherever you put him."
"I feel like I've played a month already with baseball that was really competitive. Those were very intense games in the World Baseball Classic right out of the gate, so now you could say I'm trying to slow it down to get in a rhythm to last the season." -- White Sox closer Player Page for David Robertson, who has fanned six in three scoreless innings.
White Sox:Miguel Gonzalez makes his second start of the season and his first on the road against the Indians in Thursday night's series finale at Progressive Field, with a first pitch of 5:10 p.m. CT. Gonzalez is 4-1 with a 3.89 ERA lifetime against the Indians.
Indians: Right-hander Josh Tomlin is slated to start for the Tribe in a 6:10 p.m. ET division clash with the White Sox on Thursday at Progressive Field. Last year, Tomlin posted a 1.83 ERA with a .194 opponents' average in three starts against Chicago.
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