Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Jose Abreu homered to help the Chicago
White Sox take a 4-1 decision over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a
three-game set at Progressive Field.
Adam LaRoche, Avisail Garcia and Tyler Flowers each knocked in a run for the
White Sox, who have won three in a row since an 0-4 start to the season.
Jose Quintana (1-0) recovered from a tough outing in his first start of the
season at Kansas City, yielding one unearned run on three hits with six
strikeouts over six innings. Quintana did not factor in the decision against
the Royals after he allowed five runs on nine hits over five frames.
“Every time when I go out there I try to get a win,” Quintana said. “I’m
happy with this outing, and tomorrow I’ll prepare for my next start.”
The White Sox scored two runs in the first inning and knocked Cleveland
starter Carlos Carrasco (1-1) out of the game when a line drive off the bat
of Melky Cabrera hit him in the face.
After a leadoff single by Adam Eaton, Cabrera ripped a liner up the middle
that appeared to partially hit Carrasco’s hand and glove before striking his
face. Carrasco collapsed face-down at the front of the mound and remained
there before sitting up and getting carted off the field.
“He went through all the tests… and there is no fracture. It is a contusion
to a bruise to the jaw. And a pretty good one,” Cleveland manger Terry
Francona said of Carrasco’s injury. “Obviously, we have to check him in the
morning. But in the big picture, we probably dodged a bullet.”
Zach McAllister came on and struck out Abreu, then uncorked a wild pitch that
allowed Eaton and Cabrera to move up a base. LaRoche knocked Eaton in with an
RBI groundout prior to Garcia’s hit that brought in Cabrera for a 2-0 lead.
Flowers drove in Garcia with a single in the top of the fourth, but Cleveland
got the run back in the home half thanks to Ryan Raburn’s double that plated
Jerry Sands, who singled and advanced to second on a passed ball by Flowers.
Abreu launched a 2-0 fastball over the wall in left that gave Chicago a 4-1
lead in the fifth.
Carrasco was charged with two runs, while McAllister and Nick Hagadone both
surrendered a run in relief.
Dan Jennings and Zach Duke each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the
White Sox to set up David Robertson’s second save of the season.
Carrasco’s possible injury will only add to the list for Cleveland, which is
already missing position players Yan Gomes, Nick Swisher and Zach Walters, as
well as pitchers Josh Tomlin and Gavin Floyd due to DL stints … Cleveland
fell to 0-4 at home for the first time since 1987.