Ramirez, Indians throttle White Sox
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[July 29, 2017]
CHICAGO -- Danny Salazar spent
six weeks on the disabled list at the time of the season when the
Cleveland Indians may have considered making a move to bring in
another top-line starting pitcher.
But now that he is healthy, Salazar may be providing the Indians
with exactly what they need to make another run at a second straight
American League title.
Salazar struck out eight and allowed only three hits and Jose
Ramirez had four hits with a homer and three RBIs as the Indians won
their eighth straight game with a 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox
on Friday night.
Salazar (4-5) didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning before he
departed in the seventh after allowing a two-run homer to Matt
Davidson. By then, the Indians had plenty of breathing room en route
to handing the White Sox their fourth straight loss and 16th in
their last 18 games.
"It feels amazing right now," said Salazar, who was sidelined
between June 6 and July 22 and who made his second straight solid
start since returning.
"I'm focusing on my job right now and trying to do the same thing
every single day and to stay healthy and stay strong so I can do my
job out there."
Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley also homered for Cleveland,
which also got a pair of RBI singles from Yan Gomes.
The Indians broke the game open in the fifth inning with four runs
to build a 6-0 lead. Ramirez drove in a pair with a two-run single
after Santana and Francisco Lindor produced back-to-back singles.
After the White Sox elected to intentionally walk Edwin Encarnacion,
Ramirez promptly singled to drive in his second and third runs of
"I just tried to get a good pitch, put a good swing on it and thank
God I had good results," Ramirez said.
White Sox starter Derek Holland said he hoped to get a ground ball
and potentially an inning-ending double play out of Ramirez after
walking Encarnacion. Instead, it turned into a momentum-shifting
"I thought that pitching-wise I had the right stuff, it just comes
down to execution," Holland said. "I missed a couple spots. That's
the frustrating thing."
Said Indians manager Terry Francona: "If they're going to walk
people, you want to make them pay for it. To me, (Ramirez) is the
Holland (5-10) struggled with his command in his 4 1/3 innings. In
addition to allowing nine hits and surrendering six runs, he walked
six and failed to record a strikeout.
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Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (41) hits a solo home run
during the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed
Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
After Ramirez came through, Holland walked Brandon
Guyer with the bases loaded to extend the lead to 5-0 before Gomes
followed with an RBI single off of reliever Chris Beck.
Salazar didn't allow a hit until Omar Narvaez lined a one-out single
before Alen Hanson followed with Chicago's second hit in the fifth.
But Salazar rebounded and struck out Tim Anderson and Adam Engel to
keep the White Sox scoreless.
Rookie Yoan Moncada had an RBI double for Chicago, which loaded the
bases in the eighth inning before Indians reliever Nick Goody
pitched out of the jam. The White Sox also loaded the bases in the
ninth, but again failed to score as their losing streak continued.
"We had a couple opportunities to continue to put ourselves back in
the swing of things with a timely hit here or there," White Sox
manager Rick Renteria said. "We kept battling, we just fell short."
NOTES: Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (strained right hamstring) will DH
for Triple-A Columbus on Saturday and then is expected to play
second base on Sunday, manager Terry Francona said Friday. Francona
said Kipnis has progressed faster than expected after being placed
on the disabled list July 9. ... RF Lonnie Chisenhall (right calf)
is expected to resume running the bases "any day," Francona said.
... LHP Boone Logan received a second opinion after he sustained
what is thought to be a left lat strain/tear on July 21. Francona
said Logan -- who has posted a 4.71 ERA over 21 appearances -- is
considering several options, one of which is surgery, which could be
season-ending. ... White Sox 2B Yoan Moncada, widely considered to
be the top prospect in baseball, hit in the cleanup spot for the
first time. Manager Rick Renteria said he is experimenting where
Moncada fits best in the lineup.
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