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Davidson's RBI knock in 11th bails out bullpen

Four relievers needed during game-tying two-run eighth; Santiago pitches three scorless innings
September 20, 2018

CLEVELAND -- For the second straight game, the White Sox bullpen wasn't able to preserve a late-inning lead.Luckily, the only damage it allowed was a two-run Indians rally in the eighth to send the game into extras. Matt Davidson then ripped an RBI single to score Yolmer Sanchez in the

CLEVELAND -- For the second straight game, the White Sox bullpen wasn't able to preserve a late-inning lead.
Luckily, the only damage it allowed was a two-run Indians rally in the eighth to send the game into extras. Matt Davidson then ripped an RBI single to score Yolmer Sanchez in the 11th to pull out a 5-4 win against the postseason-bound Tribe on Thursday night at Progressive Field.
"The guys battled," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "We used practically everyone off the bench that was available."
Renteria turned to five relievers to silence the Tribe's bats -- four of which were used to stop the bleeding in the two-run eighth, which tied the game at 4. Starter James Shields gave way to Aaron Bummer in the seventh after allowing two runs over six solid innings.

"It was actually a fun game," said Indians manager Terry Francona, whose team clinched its third straight division title last Saturday. "They pushed us pretty good. Playing in games where if somebody makes a mistake you lose, that's good for us."
Bummer retired the first three batters he faced, but he gave up a leadoff triple to Francisco Lindor, who would come home on a wild pitch in the eighth. He also surrendered a single to Michael Brantley, who scored the tying run later in the inning.
Both Rob Scahill and Caleb Frare entered in the eighth in an attempt to shut the door, however, each faced one batter and walked him to load the bases. Juan Minaya was called on and walked in the tying run on Melky Cabrera's 10-pitch, two-out plate appearance.

But Minaya was able to prevent further damage by inducing an inning-ending popout from Jason Kipnis, who hit the walk-off grand slam in the Sox 4-1 loss Wednesday.
In all, the Tribe sent eight men to the plate in the eighth.
"We went through a plethora of pitchers in one inning to kind of keep us there," Renteria said. "Everyone kind of did what they had to do to minimize the damage and not give it up."

Hector Santiago (6-3) entered in the ninth and closed the game out with three shutout innings. He faced 13 batters and allowed two hits, two walks and a hit batter.
"We needed this one today to go home," Santiago said. "I'm happy to say that these guys do show you fight and they don't quit. I know that things don't always turn out the way we want them to turn out as a club, but they've kept battling. That's a pretty good club over there."

Though his outing was far from perfect, Santiago was able to stave off the Indians long enough for Davidson to come through in the 11th. Sanchez started the inning with a double down the alley in left-center off Adam Cimber (3-8), advanced to third on a groundout and came around courtesy of Davidson's clutch two-out knock.
"We stepped up to the occasion, kind of come in and battle," Santiago said. "We don't want to come in, just because they're in the playoffs, and let them run over us."
Moncada's big day: Chicago's first four runs came off starter Josh Tomlin, who went four innings. Yoan Moncada led the offense by going 3-for-5 with a run, a walk and two RBIs. He scored from second on Avisail Garcia's RBI single in the first. He also lined a two-run double to the left-field corner in the next inning.
Over his last nine games, Moncada is batting .351 (13-for-37) with four doubles and four RBIs. He finished the series 6-for-14.
"He had some really good at-bats today from both sides of the plate," Renteria said. "He's been putting together some good at-bats. It's one of those things where experience and time is continuing to give him more information, and hopefully he continues to grow from it."

Close call in the 10th: With two on and two outs in the 10th, Santiago induced a ground ball off the bat of Kipnis toward the hole between Moncada and Davidson. The hit may have found its way through, possibly scoring a run, but it hit baserunner Brandon Barnes, who was en route to second on the play. Santiago acknowledged that luck was on his team's side.
"I'm just thanking the baseball gods right there," Santiago quipped. "It would have been a tough play to get over there with Kipnis running down the line. You're just thankful it hit him, and get ready for the next inning."

Thursday marked the White Sox only win in Cleveland this season and ended a nine-game skid, which dated back to last season. That was the second-longest losing streak at Cleveland in franchise history, two shy of the 11 straight defeats from May 25, 1931-May 30, 1932.
Center fielder Adam Engel showed off impressive speed in the fifth inning with a long running play to take extra bases from All-Star Jose Ramirez, who ripped a pitch from Shields into the left-center field gap. Engel was able to cover 102 feet in 5.2 seconds to make a four-star catch, according to Statcast™. The play was given just a 39-percent catch probability.

Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (6-9, 4.05 ERA) will take the mound Friday for the first of three against the Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field to begin the club's final homestand of the season. Lopez is 2-0 with a 2.85 ERA over his last nine starts. The Cubs will counter with former Sox southpaw Jose Quintana (13-10, 3.95 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. CT.

Casey Harrison is a reporter for based in Cleveland.