McKenzie fans 14 as Guardians rally to defeat White Sox, 5-2 | News, Sports, Jobs
CLEVELAND, AP — Triston McKenzie hit a career-high 14 batters and the Cleveland Guardians scored four runs with two out in the seventh to rally to a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
McKenzie (9-9) struck out eight of the last 10 batters he faced and went without a batter in seven innings, but walked away with his team trailing 2-1.
Rookie Steven Kwan tripled into the right corner with two outs in the seventh to score Luke Maile, who had doubled. Amed Rosario’s single down the left side gives AL Central leaders Cleveland the lead, then the Guardians charge in before All-Star Andres Gimenez adds a two-run single.
It’s the second time this week Cleveland has had a big two-out inning, the other in the eighth against Detroit on Wednesday.
All-Star Jose Ramirez hit a solo homer in the sixth for No. 23 of the year and reached 99 RBIs this season.
Trevor Stephan threw the eighth while Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his 28th save in 30 chances.
The third-placed White Sox fell to 3½ games behind Cleveland in the division. Jose Abreu’s hit and Yoan Moncada’s single gave Chicago the lead. Reynaldo Lopez (5-3) was charged with three runs in the seventh.
Four of Chicago’s first five hitters in the game had hits and the White Sox took a 2-0 lead. McKenzie came out of that inning with a double play and dominated the White Sox in its final six innings.
Chicago starter Lance Lynn was dismissed following Andres Gimenez’s two-out single in the sixth. The right-hander allowed a run and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings.
Andrew Vaughn was hit by a pitch from Stephan in the eighth, the ball appearing to glance over Vaughn’s shoulder and hit him on the left side of the face, Vaughn stayed the game. Eloy Jimenez, the next hitter, injured his leg while swinging on a pitch and left the game. He was replaced by Adam Engel.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus, signed to replace injured Tim Anderson, hit seventh overall for Chicago and was 0 for 4. Andrus, who turns 34 next week, recently cleared waivers after being designated for an assignment by the Oakland Athletics.
White Sox: OF Luis Robert (left wrist) practiced batting but missed his seventh straight start.
Goalies: C Austin Hedges was taken out of the game in the fifth inning with a sprained right ankle. He slid feet first into the Cleveland dugout chasing a wild pitch with Seby Zavala at bat. Maile replaced Hedges.
White Sox: RHP Johnny Cueto (5-5, 2.78 ERA) worked eight innings — tying a season high — and held Houston to two runs in a win over Houston on Aug. 15.
Goaltenders: RHP Shane Bieber (8-6, 3.18 ERA) has won his last four starts, allowing five runs in 27 innings.