Covey pitches White Sox past Bauer, Indians 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) Dylan Covey has come a long way since his major league debut last year.

All the way to an increasingly interesting prospect for the rebuilding Chicago White Sox.

Covey carried a shutout into the eighth inning, continuing his impressive June and helping the White Sox beat Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Wednesday night.

''He kept grinding,'' manager Rick Renteria said. ''He kept pitching, getting after it and did a really nice job.''

Covey (3-1) allowed 10 hits - all singles - and walked none. The 26-year-old right-hander improved to 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in five starts since he was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte last month.

The White Sox got Covey from Oakland in the 2016 Rule 5 draft. He went 0-7 with a 7.71 ERA in 18 games, 12 starts, last season, but he has looked like a different pitcher since returning to the majors.

''I'm just super comfortable, with my mechanics, with my pitches,'' he said. ''I'm throwing offspeed for strikes, I'm throwing my curveball for strikes. It's just all about comfort for me right now.''

Covey got a warm ovation from the crowd of 19,390 when he departed after the first two batters reached in the eighth. Edwin Encarnacion hit a one-out RBI single and Yonder Alonso doubled home another run before Jace Fry struck out Melky Cabrera and Jason Kipnis, preserving Chicago's 3-2 lead.

Joakim Soria allowed two more hits in the ninth before finishing for his 10th save in 12 chances. Michael Brantley bounced into a game-ending double play with runners on first and second.

''We couldn't string enough hits together,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Cleveland wasted another impressive start for Bauer in its second straight loss after a stretch of five wins in six games. Brantley had three hits, but the AL Central leaders went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base.

Bauer (5-5) struck out 12 in 7 2/3 innings while becoming the third pitcher in franchise history to record at least 10 Ks in four consecutive starts, joining teammate Corey Kluber and Hall of Famer Bob Feller.

''Missing a lot of bats, limited contact, keeping the ball in the yard, not walking many people. It was a great outing,'' Bauer said.

Bauer matched Covey zero for zero until the White Sox scratched across two in the fifth. Tim Anderson walked, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Roberto Perez before Charlie Tilson tripled into the corner in right . Tilson then scampered home on Trayce Thompson's perfectly placed suicide squeeze.

Kevan Smith added an RBI single in the sixth as Chicago won for the third time in four games.

HELPING OUT

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu helped Covey by turning a pair of slick double plays. He also doubled and scored on Smith's single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (left knee inflammation) threw another bullpen session and could start facing hitters during Cleveland's upcoming nine-game homestand. ... Francona said the plan is to activate OF Brandon Guyer (strained neck) on Thursday. ... C Roberto Perez returned to the lineup for the first time since he was hit by a pitch on the right wrist against Detroit on Sunday. ... OF Bradley Zimmer, who was sent down to Triple-A Columbus on June 5, hurt his right shoulder in a drill Monday. He is expected to rest for five days.

White Sox: RHP Nate Jones was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a muscle strain in his forearm. The veteran reliever had an MRI, and Renteria said the injury is ''very mild.'' RHP Juan Minaya was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take Jones' place on the roster. ... OF Avisail Garcia (strained right hamstring) went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in his second rehab game with Charlotte.

UP NEXT

Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger and White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon start the series finale Thursday afternoon. Clevinger (4-2, 3.31 ERA) pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a 7-3 victory over Chicago on May 29. Rodon (0-1, 3.60 ERA) is making his second start after missing the beginning of the season while he worked his way back from shoulder surgery last September.

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  • W: D. Covey (3-1)L: T. Bauer (5-5)S: J. Soria (10)
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M. Brantley LF51300012.322.364.530.8943.5
J. Ramirez 3B40200002.294.387.607.9942.0
E. Encarnacion DH40110004.240.311.493.8052.0
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Y. Alonso 1B40210014.252.328.454.7823.5
E. Gonzalez PR-1B00000000.340.386.547.9330.0
M. Cabrera RF40100024.207.242.293.5360.0
J. Kipnis 2B40100024.199.275.305.5800.0
R. Perez C40100011.136.228.210.4380.5
G. Allen CF30000012.214.260.316.576-0.5
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  • a-singled for G. Allen in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B40000020.228.300.414.713-1.0
Y. Sanchez 3B30000130.268.314.418.732-0.5
J. Abreu 1B41100001.285.344.504.8483.0
D. Palka DH30000032.246.289.485.774-1.5
K. Smith C30110010.409.409.455.8641.5
T. Anderson SS21000111.230.298.422.7193.5
C. Tilson LF31210000.264.298.321.6196.0
A. Engel CF30000012.222.284.317.602-0.5
T. Thompson RF20010010.120.169.222.3920.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Alonso (11)
    • RBI - E. Encarnacion (41), Y. Alonso (37)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Abreu (26)
    • 3B - C. Tilson
    • SH - T. Thompson
    • RBI - K. Smith (3), C. Tilson (3), T. Thompson (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Smith (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Anderson (14)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Perez (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Abreu-Anderson; Abreu-Sanchez; Moncada-Abreu)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer (L, 5-5)7.243321202.691.1216.0
    D. Otero0.10000006.551.270.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer (L, 5-5)7.2
    D. Otero0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Covey (W, 3-1)7.010220502.291.3021.5
    J. Fry (H, 8)1.02000201.890.952.0
    J. Soria (S, 10)1.02000103.121.198.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Covey (W, 3-1)7.0
    J. Fry (H, 8)1.0
    J. Soria (S, 10)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Bauer (8)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 118-80, D. Otero 4-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 6-5, D. Otero 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 29, D. Otero
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 87-60, J. Fry 15-11, J. Soria 13-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 9-5, J. Fry 1-0, J. Soria 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Covey 29, J. Fry 5, J. Soria 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    F. Lindor SS51200001.293.366.531.8973.0
    M. Brantley LF51300012.322.364.530.8943.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40200002.294.387.607.9942.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40110004.240.311.493.8052.0
    R. Davis PR-DH00000000.230.284.290.5740.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40210014.252.328.454.7823.5
    E. Gonzalez PR-1B00000000.340.386.547.9330.0
    M. Cabrera RF40100024.207.242.293.5360.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40100024.199.275.305.5800.0
    R. Perez C40100011.136.228.210.4380.5
    G. Allen CF30000012.214.260.316.576-0.5
    a- L. Chisenhall PH10100000.311.380.378.7581.0
    Total38214200824-----
    • a-singled for G. Allen in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B40000020.228.300.414.713-1.0
    Y. Sanchez 3B30000130.268.314.418.732-0.5
    J. Abreu 1B41100001.285.344.504.8483.0
    D. Palka DH30000032.246.289.485.774-1.5
    K. Smith C30110010.409.409.455.8641.5
    T. Anderson SS21000111.230.298.422.7193.5
    C. Tilson LF31210000.264.298.321.6196.0
    A. Engel CF30000012.222.284.317.602-0.5
    T. Thompson RF20010010.120.169.222.3920.5
    Total2734302126-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alonso (11)
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion (41), Y. Alonso (37)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Abreu (26)
      • 3B - C. Tilson
      • SH - T. Thompson
      • RBI - K. Smith (3), C. Tilson (3), T. Thompson (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Smith (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Anderson (14)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Perez (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Abreu-Anderson; Abreu-Sanchez; Moncada-Abreu)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (L, 5-5)7.243321202.691.1216.0
      D. Otero0.10000006.551.270.0
      Total8.04332120---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (L, 5-5)7.2
      D. Otero0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Covey (W, 3-1)7.010220502.291.3021.5
      J. Fry (H, 8)1.02000201.890.952.0
      J. Soria (S, 10)1.02000103.121.198.5
      Total9.01422080---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Covey (W, 3-1)7.0
      J. Fry (H, 8)1.0
      J. Soria (S, 10)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Bauer (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 118-80, D. Otero 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 6-5, D. Otero 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 29, D. Otero
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 87-60, J. Fry 15-11, J. Soria 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 9-5, J. Fry 1-0, J. Soria 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Covey 29, J. Fry 5, J. Soria 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Alonso doubled to right, Brantley scored, Davis to third23
        Encarnacion singled to left, Lindor scored, Brantley to third13
      • 6TH INNING
        Smith singled to right, Abreu scored, Smith to second03
      • 5TH INNING
        Thompson hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Tilson scored02
        Moncada tripled to deep right, Anderson scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Joakim Soria relieved Jace Fry
        • R. Perez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • Lonnie Chisenhall hit for Greg Allen
        • L. Chisenhall: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall singled to left
        • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Lindor singled to left center, Chisenhall to second
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded into double play second to first, Lindor out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor singled to right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Brantley singled to center, Lindor to third, Brantley to second
        • Jace Fry relieved Dylan Covey
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion singled to left, Lindor scored, Brantley to third
        • Rajai Davis ran for Edwin Encarnacion
        • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Alonso doubled to right, Brantley scored, Davis to third
        • Erik Gonzalez ran for Yonder Alonso
        • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moncada lined out to center
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • Dan Otero relieved Trevor Bauer
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Abreu grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis singled to right
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded out to third, Kipnis to second
        • G. Allen: Allen grounded out to first, Kipnis to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Tilson grounded out to second
        • A. Engel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Engel flied out to left
        • T. Thompson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Thompson struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez singled to right, Brantley to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion lined out to right, Brantley to third
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Alonso popped out to first
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Cabrera flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Abreu doubled to deep left
        • D. Palka: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith singled to right, Abreu scored, Smith to second
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Perez singled to left
        • G. Allen: Ball, Allen flied out to right
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded into double play first to shortstop, Perez out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
        • C. Tilson: Ball, Strike looking, Anderson stole second, Anderson to third on catcher Perez fielding error, Moncada tripled to deep right, Anderson scored
        • A. Engel: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • T. Thompson: Strike swinging, Ball, Thompson hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Tilson scored
        • Y. Moncada: Moncada flied out to deep right
        • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion flied out to deep right
        • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Alonso singled to shallow right
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to center, Alonso to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Palka: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Palka struck out looking
        • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Thompson grounded out to third
        • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Kipnis struck out on foul tip
        • R. Perez: Perez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • K. Smith: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson grounded out to third
        • C. Tilson: Tilson reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Engel: Engel flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Brantley singled to left
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to right, Brantley to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to second, Brantley to third, Ramirez to second
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked
        • J. Abreu: Abreu lined out to right
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Sanchez stole second, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)