Lopez (3-4) gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks while striking out six through 7.2 innings, taking the win over the Indians on Monday. A leadoff home run from Francisco Lindor was the only earned run given up in a fantastic performance by Lopez. The 25-year-old induced 15 swinging strikes in his longest outing of the season. He has a 3-4 record with a 5.58 ERA through nine starts. Lopez will make his next start Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Lopez gave up three runs on nine hits and one walk across six innings during Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Indians. He struck out two and did not factor in the decision. Lopez allowed all three runs to score during the fourth inning with four hits and a hit by pitch, but was otherwise able to hold the Indians in check. The 25-year-old has a 6.38 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 47:21 K:BB through 42.1 innings, and lines up to face the Indians again Monday.
Lopez (2-4) took the loss against the Red Sox on Friday, giving up six earned runs on eight hits over five innings, striking out six and walking three as the White Sox fell 6-1. The 25-year-old had a dominant 14-strikeout effort his last time out, but he couldn't follow it up with another strong performance, as the Red Sox knocked him around for six earned before forcing him from the contest after 105 pitches. He had been on a nice run that had seen him throw six innings and give up two runs or less in each of his previous three starts while recording 27 strikeouts, but a handful of blowups leaves Lopez with some ugly ratios: He's posted a 6.69 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP over 36.1 innings.
Lopez (2-3) allowed one unearned run on two hits and three walks while striking out a career-high 14 batters in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Tigers. Over his last three outings -- all quality starts -- Lopez has halved an ERA that was 12.15 after his first two starts of the season. He was tagged for six home runs in the first two appearances but has settled in nicely since, giving up three earned runs on 14 hits and five walks while striking out 25 over 18 innings. The right-hander cited his ability to command his fastball up in the zone, per Scott Merkin of MLB.com. "I know I have good velocity with my fastball. It's not going to be easy for them to hit my fastball when I'm able to perform and to hit the spot I want to hit." Lopez next toes the rubber Friday at home against Boston.
Lopez will start Sunday's game against the Tigers after Saturday's contest was postponed due to snow. Saturday's game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at a later date. Sunday's originally scheduled starter, Manny Banuelos, will pitch Monday instead.