Brantley, Ramirez, Kipnis homer, Indians beat White Sox 7-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Michael Brantley largely lost his previous two seasons to injuries.

Cleveland's left fielder has returned and is one of the best hitters in baseball again.

Brantley extended his hitting streak to 18 games by going 3 for 4, including a solo homer, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Tuesday night.

''When you get a really good hitter, a really good player and he feels confident and take it to the fact that he's healthy, it's fun to watch,'' manager Terry Francona said.

Brantley played in only 11 games two years ago because of a shoulder injury. He batted .299 last season, but was limited by an ankle injury the final two months. Brantley had surgery in October and missed the first week of this season.

This year, he's batting .343 with nine home runs and a .953 OPS.

Right-hander Mike Clevinger, who allowed one run in 6 2 /3 innings Tuesday, knows what Brantley means to the Indians.

''I don't want to jinx anything,'' Clevinger said. ''I want him on the field and I want him in the lineup. I don't think there was ever a doubt with him being on the DL that we didn't need him or want him here. We knew this is exactly the player you're gonna get, and he's only exceeding expectations.''

Brantley is batting .367 (29 of 79) with five homers, 18 RBIs and 19 runs scored during the streak.

Jose Ramirez hit his team-leading 16th home run in the fifth and drove in a run with a first-inning double. Jason Kipnis homered in the eighth for Cleveland, which has won four straight and is 12-5 against the AL Central.

Clevinger (4-2) struck out seven and allowed four hits.

Chicago has lost five of six and has the worst record in the majors (16-36). Lucas Giolito (3-6) allowed five runs in six innings.

''Their guy pretty much kept us off the bases and they scored more than we did,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.

Tim Anderson had an RBI single in the second for Chicago. Daniel Palka doubled to lead off and scored on Anderson's one-out hit. Charlie Tilson drew a two-out walk, but Clevinger struck out Omar Narvaez.

Palka hit a leadoff homer in the ninth off Dan Otero.

Cleveland's shaky bullpen allowed two runs over the final 2 1/3 innings. Tyler Olson worked a scoreless inning and Otero got slugger Jose Abreu on a double play ball to end the eighth. Zach McAllister gave up Trayce Thompson's two-out RBI single, but Narvaez grounded out.

RAMIREZ RUMOR

The Indians felt pressured to respond to an unsubstantiated report from the Dominican Republic that Ramirez was on the verge of being suspended for performance-enhancing drugs.

Both manager Terry Francona and team president Chris Antonetti addressed the issue before the game. Antonetti said the club reached out to MLB for additional assurance that ''there was nothing to the rumor.'' Ramirez had told the club he was not involved in any wrongdoing.

Ramirez also went on Twitter and posted, ''FAKE NEWS.''

Antonetti and Francona spoke with Ramirez on Tuesday afternoon.

''He said, `I have no idea what they're talking about, I've worked really hard to try and become the player that I am, and there's nothing to it,''' Antonetti said. ''We believed Jose when he told us that.''

Ramirez spoke to reporters through a translator following the game and said his first reaction when he found out about the report Tuesday morning was to laugh.

''I'm really not worried about it,'' he said. ''I do feel bad for any fan that maybe got a wrong impression of me, but that's bad information. I've never used anything like that.''

Ramirez said he was happy to have a productive game after spending the day dealing with the rumors.

''My focus was to hit a home run,'' he said. ''When it comes to baseball, I focus on what's going on in the field and let everything else go by.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: C Kevan Smith (ankle) was activated off the disabled list at Triple-A Charlotte. Renteria indicated that Smith could return to the big leagues this weekend when Chicago hosts Milwaukee.

Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained right calf), Bradley Zimmer (bruised left rib) and Brandon Guyer (strained neck) are close to being activated.

UP NEXT

White Sox RHP Reynaldo Lopez (1-3, 2.93 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Corey Kluber (7-2, 2.17 ERA) in the three-game series finale. Reigning AL Cy Young winner Kluber has allowed three or fewer runs in 23 consecutive starts, dating back to Aug. 3, 2017.

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123456789RHE
CHW16-36
010000002370
CLE28-25
20102011X7150
  • W: M. Clevinger (4-2)L: L. Giolito (3-6)
  • HR: CHW - D. Palka (5), CLE - M. Brantley (9), J. Kipnis (3), J. Ramirez (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B40100010.241.325.437.7620.5
Y. Sanchez 3B40100002.280.316.415.7303.0
J. Abreu 1B40000012.302.362.530.891-0.5
D. Palka RF42211011.289.310.557.8678.5
M. Skole DH20000101.400.5711.0001.5711.0
a- J. Rondon PH-DH10000000.250.294.594.8880.0
T. Anderson SS40110021.242.305.452.7573.0
A. Engel CF31000122.216.284.291.5751.0
C. Tilson LF10100100.364.385.364.7482.0
b- T. Thompson PH-LF20110011.138.169.275.4441.5
O. Narvaez C30000114.176.282.243.5260.5
  • a-lined out for Skole in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Tilson in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS50210001.300.375.538.9135.0
M. Brantley LF42321001.343.380.573.95310.0
J. Ramirez 3B42221013.296.389.6161.0059.5
E. Encarnacion DH40100023.228.300.457.7570.0
Y. Alonso 1B40110013.243.313.474.7861.5
M. Cabrera RF30000002.161.212.258.4700.0
R. Davis CF10000000.209.263.242.5040.0
J. Kipnis 2B41211000.197.278.300.5787.0
R. Perez C41200011.147.244.235.4793.5
G. Allen CF-RF41200001.254.290.373.6634.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Palka (5)
    • 3B - Y. Sanchez (6)
    • HR - D. Palka (5)
    • RBI - D. Palka (17), T. Anderson (20), T. Thompson (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Thompson (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ramirez (17), R. Perez, G. Allen (2)
    • HR - M. Brantley (9), J. Ramirez (16), J. Kipnis (3)
    • RBI - F. Lindor (30), M. Brantley 2 (36), J. Ramirez 2 (39), Y. Alonso (32), J. Kipnis (22)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (14)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Anderson (12)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - F. Lindor (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Anderson-Abreu; Abreu-Anderson)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Kipnis-Lindor-Alonso; Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Giolito (L, 3-6)6.09550327.531.690.5
    A. Bummer0.14110103.441.75-4.5
    B. Rondon0.20000104.761.410.5
    C. Beck1.02110014.571.520.0
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Giolito (L, 3-6)6.0
    A. Bummer0.1
    B. Rondon0.2
    C. Beck1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger (W, 4-2)6.24112703.141.1924.5
    T. Olson1.01001105.871.241.5
    D. Otero0.10000006.301.150.0
    J. Beliveau0.011100113.503.00-2.0
    Z. McAllister1.01111106.231.290.5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 98-62, A. Bummer 17-10, B. Rondon 5-4, C. Beck 22-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 8-5, C. Beck 1-2
    • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 25, A. Bummer 5, B. Rondon 2, C. Beck 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 108-66, T. Olson 21-10, D. Otero 2-2, J. Beliveau 9-6, Z. McAllister 23-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-7, T. Olson 1-0, D. Otero 1-0, Z. McAllister 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 25, T. Olson 4, D. Otero, J. Beliveau, Z. McAllister 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    CHW16-36
    010000002370
    CLE28-25
    20102011X7150
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B40100010.241.325.437.7620.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B40100002.280.316.415.7303.0
    J. Abreu 1B40000012.302.362.530.891-0.5
    D. Palka RF42211011.289.310.557.8678.5
    M. Skole DH20000101.400.5711.0001.5711.0
    a- J. Rondon PH-DH10000000.250.294.594.8880.0
    T. Anderson SS40110021.242.305.452.7573.0
    A. Engel CF31000122.216.284.291.5751.0
    C. Tilson LF10100100.364.385.364.7482.0
    b- T. Thompson PH-LF20110011.138.169.275.4441.5
    O. Narvaez C30000114.176.282.243.5260.5
    Total3237314914-----
    HITTERSAB
    Y. Moncada 2B4
    Y. Sanchez 3B4
    J. Abreu 1B4
    D. Palka RF4
    M. Skole DH2
    a- J. Rondon PH-DH1
    T. Anderson SS4
    A. Engel CF3
    C. Tilson LF1
    b- T. Thompson PH-LF2
    O. Narvaez C3
    Total32
    • a-lined out for Skole in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Tilson in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS50210001.300.375.538.9135.0
    M. Brantley LF42321001.343.380.573.95310.0
    J. Ramirez 3B42221013.296.389.6161.0059.5
    E. Encarnacion DH40100023.228.300.457.7570.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40110013.243.313.474.7861.5
    M. Cabrera RF30000002.161.212.258.4700.0
    R. Davis CF10000000.209.263.242.5040.0
    J. Kipnis 2B41211000.197.278.300.5787.0
    R. Perez C41200011.147.244.235.4793.5
    G. Allen CF-RF41200001.254.290.373.6634.0
    Total37715730515-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Palka (5)
      • 3B - Y. Sanchez (6)
      • HR - D. Palka (5)
      • RBI - D. Palka (17), T. Anderson (20), T. Thompson (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Thompson (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (17), R. Perez, G. Allen (2)
      • HR - M. Brantley (9), J. Ramirez (16), J. Kipnis (3)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (30), M. Brantley 2 (36), J. Ramirez 2 (39), Y. Alonso (32), J. Kipnis (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Anderson (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - F. Lindor (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Anderson-Abreu; Abreu-Anderson)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Kipnis-Lindor-Alonso; Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Giolito (L, 3-6)6.09550327.531.690.5
      A. Bummer0.14110103.441.75-4.5
      B. Rondon0.20000104.761.410.5
      C. Beck1.02110014.571.520.0
      Total8.21577063---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Giolito (L, 3-6)6.0
      A. Bummer0.1
      B. Rondon0.2
      C. Beck1.0
      Total8.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (W, 4-2)6.24112703.141.1924.5
      T. Olson1.01001105.871.241.5
      D. Otero0.10000006.301.150.0
      J. Beliveau0.011100113.503.00-2.0
      Z. McAllister1.01111106.231.290.5
      Total9.0733491---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (W, 4-2)6.2
      T. Olson1.0
      D. Otero0.1
      J. Beliveau0.0
      Z. McAllister1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 98-62, A. Bummer 17-10, B. Rondon 5-4, C. Beck 22-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 8-5, C. Beck 1-2
      • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 25, A. Bummer 5, B. Rondon 2, C. Beck 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 108-66, T. Olson 21-10, D. Otero 2-2, J. Beliveau 9-6, Z. McAllister 23-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-7, T. Olson 1-0, D. Otero 1-0, Z. McAllister 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 25, T. Olson 4, D. Otero, J. Beliveau, Z. McAllister 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Thompson singled to right, Engel scored37
        Palka homered to center27
      • 8TH INNING
        Kipnis homered to center17
      • 7TH INNING
        Brantley singled to left, Perez scored, Allen to third, Lindor to second16
      • 5TH INNING
        Ramirez homered to right center15
        Lindor singled to right, Allen scored14
      • 3RD INNING
        Brantley homered to center13
      • 2ND INNING
        Anderson singled to left, Palka scored12
      • 1ST INNING
        Alonso singled to right, Ramirez scored, Encarnacion to second02
        Ramirez doubled to deep left, Brantley scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jeff Beliveau relieved Dan Otero
        • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Palka homered to center
        • Jose Rondon hit for Matt Skole
        • Zach McAllister relieved Jeff Beliveau
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rondon lined out to first
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
        • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Engel walked
        • T. Thompson: Ball, Engel to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Thompson singled to right, Engel scored
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Thompson to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Narvaez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Olson Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moncada reached on an infield single to shortstop, Narvaez to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Narvaez to third, Moncada out at second
        • Dan Otero relieved Tyler Olson
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Beck relieved Bruce Rondon
        • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis flied out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Kipnis homered to center
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Perez doubled to deep right center
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Allen grounded out to shortstop, Perez to third
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lindor lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Rajai Davis in center
        • M. Skole: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Skole walked
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson lined out to right
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Tyler Olson relieved Mike Clevinger
        • Trayce Thompson hit for Charlie Tilson
        • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Aaron Bummer relieved Lucas Giolito
        • R. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to center
        • G. Allen: Ball, Allen singled to right, Perez to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor singled to right, Perez to third, Allen to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike swinging, Ball, Brantley singled to left, Perez scored, Allen to third, Lindor to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Bruce Rondon relieved Aaron Bummer
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso popped out to first
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 8 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Palka struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Foul, Tilson reached on an infield single to third
        • O. Narvaez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Narvaez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Tilson out at second
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Allen doubled to deep right
        • F. Lindor: Strike (foul tip), Lindor singled to right, Allen scored
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Lindor stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley lined into double play first to shortstop, Lindor out at second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez homered to right center
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Skole: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Skole fouled out to catcher
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • A. Engel: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Engel struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Alonso flied out to center
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera lined out to right
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis singled to left center
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moncada grounded out to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Sanchez tripled to deep right center
        • J. Abreu: Foul, Ball, Abreu popped out to first
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Palka flied out to shallow left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Lindor fouled out to third
        • M. Brantley: Brantley homered to center
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Palka doubled to deep right
        • M. Skole: Skole grounded out to shortstop, Palka to third
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson singled to left, Palka scored
        • A. Engel: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Anderson stole second, Strike looking, Strike looking, Engel flied out to shallow right
        • C. Tilson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tilson walked
        • O. Narvaez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Allen flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moncada flied out to deep left
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to first
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Abreu lined out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley singled to right
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep left, Brantley scored
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion singled to center, Ramirez to third
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso singled to right, Ramirez scored, Encarnacion to second
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded into double play shortstop to first, Alonso out at second
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)