Red-hot Ramirez homers twice as Tribe wins 13th straight
Jose Ramirez hit two more homers, Austin Jackson also connected and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Tuesday night for their 13th straight victory, the longest run by a major league team this season.
Danny Salazar got just two outs in his return from right elbow inflammation, but Cleveland’s deep bullpen took over from there. Seven relievers combined for 81/3 scoreless innings as the Indians moved within one of their franchise-record 14-game win streak last year.
Jackson and Ramirez hit back-to-back homers during Cleveland’s three-run first against David Holmberg (2-4). Ramirez added another solo shot in the second, and the AL Central leaders went ahead to stay on Greg Allen’s tiebreaking, two-run double in the third. Yan Gomes tacked on a three-run shot in the ninth.
Ramirez has five homers in his last three games. He is batting .500 (17 for 34) with seven homers and nine RBIs on Cleveland’s 11-game road trip.
Matt Davidson hit a three-run drive for last-place Chicago, which has dropped six of eight. Top prospect Yoan Moncada went 1 for 5 in his return from a bruised right shin.
Davidson’s 24th homer chased Salazar and gave the White Sox a 4-3 lead in the first. It was the first time the Indians had trailed since they were down by one against the New York Yankees on Aug. 28.
Cleveland responded with Ramirez’s 25th of the season and then a clutch hit by Allen in the third. With two outs and runners on first and second, Allen hit a liner into the corner in left to give the Indians a 6-4 lead.
Dan Otero (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. The White Sox put two on in the eighth, but Bryan Shaw struck out Yolmer Sanchez to end the inning.
Indians: 1B Carlos Santana was shaken up after he was hit on the right leg by a pitch from Carson Fulmer in the seventh, but stayed in the game. ... OF Jay Bruce (sore neck) was held out for the fourth straight game. With the White Sox sending a lefty to the mound, manager Terry Francona decided to give Bruce another day. ... LHP Andrew Miller (right knee patellar tendinitis) threw a side session Monday in Cleveland and is scheduled for another one on Wednesday. ... 2B Jason Kipnis (right hamstring strain) worked out with the team before the game. ... The Indians were awaiting clearance for OF Bradley Zimmer, who was going through the concussion protocol. He was expected to see a doctor right before the game.
White Sox: RHP James Shields got in a full workout and expects to make his next scheduled start after he was hit on the right knee by a line drive in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-3 loss in the series opener. ... OF/INF Nicky Delmonico (sprained right wrist) was slated to take batting practice with the team. If he responds well, he could be activated in the next day or two. ... Minor league RHP Tyler Danish dislocated his left shoulder when he was involved in a car accident Monday night in Florida. He is expected to recover in seven to 10 days. ... Minor league RHP Dylan Cease, acquired from the Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade, was scratched from a playoff start with Class A Kannapolis because of shoulder fatigue. But he is expected to pitch in the instructional league this month.