Indians notch 14th straight win
Published 12:24 am Thursday, September 7, 2017
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Carrasco allowed three hits in a complete game, giving the Cleveland Indians their 14th straight win in a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Cleveland equaled its longest winning streak in franchise history and also won its 10th straight road game as the right-hander lost his shutout with two outs in the ninth inning when Adam Engel homered.
Carrasco (14-6) faced 28 batters and threw 97 pitches in his eighth career complete game, throwing 76 strikes.
Carlos Santana hit a two-run home run as Cleveland added three runs in the eighth inning to break open a 1-0 game.
After not allowing a hit through four innings, the White Sox had leadoff singles in the fifth and sixth innings off Carrasco, but Avisail Garcia and Kevan Smith were both doubled off on the next at-bat.
The right-handed Carrasco struck out nine and did not allow a walk. Through his last six starts, Carrasco is 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA.
Rookie right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (0-3) stranded eight runners in six innings, and allowed a run on Tyler Naquin’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
The Indians have scored first in each of their wins during the streak.
The Indians closed the scoring in the ninth inning with a run after a fielder’s choice by Greg Allen.
Left fielder Nicky Delmonico robbed Francisco Lindor of a home run in the seventh inning.
It atoned for his misplay of a single by Santana that went off Delmonico’s glove on a dive attempt in the fourth inning. Santana later scored on Naquin’s sacrifice fly.
White Sox pitching prospect Michael Kopech came to Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time and threw out the first pitch.
The hard-throwing right-hander, who was acquired from Boston in a December trade for Chris Sale, was accompanied by his girlfriend Brielle Biermann, a star in the Bravo reality series “Don’t Be Tardy.”
Kopech, 21, posted an 8-7 record and 2.87 ERA in 22 starts with Double-A Birmingham before his promotion to Triple-A Charlotte late in the season.
“I’m going to try to get to see a little bit of everything here and experience the whole vibe of the city,” Kopech said. “So far, I love it.”
Indians: OF Jay Bruce (sore neck) was held out for the fifth straight game, scratched from the starting lineup an hour before the game. . 2B Jason Kipnis (right hamstring strain) headed back to Cleveland after working out with the team Tuesday in Chicago. He also participated in the team’s fantasy football draft Monday night in Chicago, along with OF Michael Brantley (right ankle sprain), who also returned to Cleveland. . OF Bradley Zimmer (concussion) returned to action as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning. He was pulled out of Saturday’s game with a head injury.
White Sox: 2B Yoan Moncada (bruised right shin) did not start as a precautionary measure. He was 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in his return from the disabled list on Tuesday. . Delmonico (sprained right wrist) was back in the lineup. He had been on the DL since Aug. 25.
The four-game set concludes Thursday as Cleveland sends RHP Corey Kluber (14-4, 2.56 ERA) against LHP Carlos Rodon (2-5, 4.15).