Lindor, Ramirez HR, lead Clevinger, Indians over Chisox 5-2

CHICAGO (AP) Francisco Lindor sensed the Cleveland Indians needed a lift coming off back-to-back losses.

Nothing like a leadoff homer or a late tiebreaking drive to get the job done.

Lindor and Jose Ramirez connected, Mike Clevinger struck out 11 in seven innings and the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Thursday afternoon.

Lindor opened the game against Carlos Rodon with his 15th home run. He also singled and scored in the seventh when Ramirez broke a 2-all tie with a two-run drive to right-center against Chris Volstad (1-4) for his 20th homer.

''That's one of the reasons I want to lead off - to get the team going, to do my best to score early and give the team the lead,'' Lindor said. ''Whether it's a home run, a base hit, I ended up scoring in the first inning. It's important. It tells the team, `All right, it's time to go, we've got to win today.''

And this one, he said, was ''extremely important.''

The Indians got another run with two outs in the eighth when reliever Juan Minaya dropped the throw from first baseman Jose Abreu while covering the bag on Greg Allen's grounder. That allowed Yan Gomes to score from second to make it 5-2.

Clevinger (5-2) gave up two runs and five hits while walking just one batter.

Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances as the AL Central leaders salvaged a four-game split.

Abreu went the opposite way with a two-run homer to the right-field bullpen in the first. But Clevinger shut down the White Sox after that, beating them for the second time this season.

''It was a nice piece of hitting by Abreu, but Clev threw the ball so well,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''He put that behind him, and then he got them out the rest of the way.''

Rodon went five innings in his second start back from shoulder surgery in September, allowing two runs and two hits. The 25-year-old left-hander walked three and hit two batters while striking out four.

Manager Rick Renteria said it's ''like a little bit of spring training'' for him. But Rodon wouldn't go there.

''Nah, I don't want to make that excuse,'' he said. ''When you show up at this level, it's time to compete. Go out there and compete for the team, try to win the ballgame.''

GOING DEEP

Lindor has three leadoff homers this season and six in his career. And Abreu moved ahead of Jim Thome and into a tie for 12th place with Minnie Minoso on the White Sox's all-time list with 135 homers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: The Indians activated OF Brandon Guyer (strained neck) from the 10-day disabled list and designated OF Melky Cabrera for assignment. Guyer was in the lineup for the first time since he collided with a fan while chasing a foul ball at Houston on May 19. As for Cabrera, manager Terry Francona said the team ''didn't see a way we were going to be able to keep'' him with Guyer back and OF Tyler Naquin (strained left hamstring) just about ready to return.

White Sox: RHP Nate Jones (strained muscle in forearm) called it ''a relief'' tests showed no structural damage in his surgically repaired arm. He said he had been ''self-treating'' himself for a few weeks after experiencing some soreness but realized he needed more help when he felt a burning sensation during Tuesday's win over Cleveland. Jones had Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow last season. He is 2-2 with a 4.01 ERA and four saves in 27 appearances this year. ... Renteria said OF Avisail Garcia (strained right hamstring) - on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte - ''feels healthy, feels sound.''

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (10-2, 1.99) goes for his major league-leading 11th win as the Indians open a three-game series against RHP Kyle Gibson (1-4, 3.45) and the Minnesota Twins.

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-4, 3.26) eyes his second straight win as the White Sox open a three-game series against RHP Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.01) and the Detroit Tigers. Lopez pitched into the seventh at Boston on Sunday.

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  • W: M. Clevinger (5-2)L: C. Volstad (1-4)S: C. Allen (13)
  • HR: CLE - F. Lindor (15), J. Ramirez (20), CHW - J. Abreu (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Lindor SS52211012.295.367.540.9069.5
R. Davis LF41000111.221.281.279.5603.5
J. Ramirez 3B51121001.292.384.611.9957.0
E. Encarnacion DH40000110.236.309.484.7940.5
B. Guyer RF30100000.157.255.325.5812.0
Y. Gomes C11110200.240.304.443.7477.0
Y. Alonso 1B40000017.248.323.446.769-0.5
E. Gonzalez 2B40100013.333.377.526.9030.5
G. Allen CF40000023.206.250.304.554-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Sanchez 2B-SS31000110.264.313.413.7261.5
    J. Rondon SS30000032.250.294.500.794-1.5
    a- Y. Moncada PH-2B10000000.227.298.412.7100.0
    J. Abreu 1B41221011.288.346.515.8627.5
    D. Palka DH30000000.241.283.474.7570.0
    b- T. Anderson PH-DH10000011.229.296.420.716-0.5
    K. Smith C40200010.423.423.462.8851.5
    M. Davidson 3B40000032.222.351.468.819-1.5
    C. Tilson LF30200010.286.317.339.6561.5
    A. Engel CF40000024.216.278.310.588-1.0
    T. Thompson RF30100020.125.173.225.398-1.0
    • a-flied out for Rondon in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Palka in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Gomes (10)
    • HR - F. Lindor (15), J. Ramirez (20)
    • RBI - F. Lindor (36), J. Ramirez 2 (46), Y. Gomes (19)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (18), Y. Gomes (6)
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Abreu (11)
    • RBI - J. Abreu 2 (40)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - F. Lindor (9), R. Davis (12)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - T. Thompson
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Ramirez-Alonso)
    • E - Y. Gomes (5), E. Gonzalez (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Minaya
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger (W, 5-2)7.052111113.151.1829.5
    N. Ramirez (H, 4)0.21000003.271.27-1.0
    O. Perez (H, 2)0.10000100.000.500.5
    C. Allen (S, 13)1.01000304.031.1410.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Clevinger (W, 5-2)7.0
    N. Ramirez (H, 4)0.2
    O. Perez (H, 2)0.1
    C. Allen (S, 13)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Rodon5.02223413.601.3010.0
    C. Volstad (L, 1-4)2.03220014.191.40-4.0
    J. Minaya1.01101108.313.231.5
    H. Santiago1.00000204.771.574.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Rodon5.0
    C. Volstad (L, 1-4)2.0
    J. Minaya1.0
    H. Santiago1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Allen
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 99-70, N. Ramirez 15-9, O. Perez 4-3, C. Allen 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 7-2
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 27, N. Ramirez 3, O. Perez, C. Allen 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Rodon 2 (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 100-59, C. Volstad 35-24, J. Minaya 25-15, H. Santiago 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 2-9, C. Volstad 5-1, J. Minaya 2-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 22, C. Volstad 9, J. Minaya 6, H. Santiago 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS52211012.295.367.540.9069.5
    R. Davis LF41000111.221.281.279.5603.5
    J. Ramirez 3B51121001.292.384.611.9957.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000110.236.309.484.7940.5
    B. Guyer RF30100000.157.255.325.5812.0
    Y. Gomes C11110200.240.304.443.7477.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40000017.248.323.446.769-0.5
    E. Gonzalez 2B40100013.333.377.526.9030.5
    G. Allen CF40000023.206.250.304.554-1.0
    Total3456424717-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Y. Sanchez 2B-SS31000110.264.313.413.7261.5
      J. Rondon SS30000032.250.294.500.794-1.5
      a- Y. Moncada PH-2B10000000.227.298.412.7100.0
      J. Abreu 1B41221011.288.346.515.8627.5
      D. Palka DH30000000.241.283.474.7570.0
      b- T. Anderson PH-DH10000011.229.296.420.716-0.5
      K. Smith C40200010.423.423.462.8851.5
      M. Davidson 3B40000032.222.351.468.819-1.5
      C. Tilson LF30200010.286.317.339.6561.5
      A. Engel CF40000024.216.278.310.588-1.0
      T. Thompson RF30100020.125.173.225.398-1.0
      Total33272111510-----
      HITTERSAB
      Y. Sanchez 2B-SS3
      J. Rondon SS3
      a- Y. Moncada PH-2B1
      J. Abreu 1B4
      D. Palka DH3
      b- T. Anderson PH-DH1
      K. Smith C4
      M. Davidson 3B4
      C. Tilson LF3
      A. Engel CF4
      T. Thompson RF3
      Total33
      • a-flied out for Rondon in the 8th
      • b-struck out for Palka in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gomes (10)
      • HR - F. Lindor (15), J. Ramirez (20)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (36), J. Ramirez 2 (46), Y. Gomes (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez 2 (18), Y. Gomes (6)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Abreu (11)
      • RBI - J. Abreu 2 (40)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - F. Lindor (9), R. Davis (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - T. Thompson
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Ramirez-Alonso)
      • E - Y. Gomes (5), E. Gonzalez (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Minaya
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (W, 5-2)7.052111113.151.1829.5
      N. Ramirez (H, 4)0.21000003.271.27-1.0
      O. Perez (H, 2)0.10000100.000.500.5
      C. Allen (S, 13)1.01000304.031.1410.5
      Total9.07211151---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (W, 5-2)7.0
      N. Ramirez (H, 4)0.2
      O. Perez (H, 2)0.1
      C. Allen (S, 13)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Rodon5.02223413.601.3010.0
      C. Volstad (L, 1-4)2.03220014.191.40-4.0
      J. Minaya1.01101108.313.231.5
      H. Santiago1.00000204.771.574.0
      Total9.0654472---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Rodon5.0
      C. Volstad (L, 1-4)2.0
      J. Minaya1.0
      H. Santiago1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Allen
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 99-70, N. Ramirez 15-9, O. Perez 4-3, C. Allen 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 7-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 27, N. Ramirez 3, O. Perez, C. Allen 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Rodon 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 100-59, C. Volstad 35-24, J. Minaya 25-15, H. Santiago 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 2-9, C. Volstad 5-1, J. Minaya 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 22, C. Volstad 9, J. Minaya 6, H. Santiago 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Allen safe at first on Minaya fielding error, Gomes scored, Gonzalez to third52
      • 7TH INNING
        Ramirez homered to right center, Lindor scored42
      • 3RD INNING
        Gomes walked, Davis scored, Encarnacion to third, Guyer to second22
      • 1ST INNING
        Abreu homered to right center, Sanchez scored12
        Lindor homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Hector Santiago relieved Juan Minaya
        • R. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cody Allen relieved Oliver Perez
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • M. Davidson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • C. Tilson: Ball, Strike looking, Tilson singled to left
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Tilson to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Ball, Tilson to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Juan Minaya relieved Chris Volstad
        • B. Guyer: Foul, Ball, Guyer grounded out to third
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gomes walked
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso fouled out to first
        • E. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to center, Gomes to second
        • G. Allen: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Allen safe at first on Minaya fielding error, Gomes scored, Gonzalez to third
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Neil Ramirez relieved Mike Clevinger
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez lined out to center
        • Yoan Moncada hit for Jose Rondon
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moncada flied out to center
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Abreu singled to center
        • Oliver Perez relieved Neil Ramirez
        • Tim Anderson hit for Daniel Palka
        • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Volstad Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Allen grounded out to second
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor singled to center
        • R. Davis: Foul, Davis popped out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Lindor stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ramirez homered to right center, Lindor scored
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Tilson singled to shallow center
        • A. Engel: Engel lined into double play third to first, Tilson out at first
        • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Chris Volstad relieved Carlos Rodon
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Guyer grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gomes doubled to shallow left
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to shortstop, Gomes to third
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Palka grounded out to second
        • K. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to second
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis popped out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to deep left
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Encarnacion flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Thompson singled to right
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Thompson caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Sanchez walked
        • J. Rondon: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • G. Allen: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Allen struck out on foul tip
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Palka grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Smith: Smith singled to center
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • C. Tilson: Tilson reached on catcher's interference, Smith to second on catcher Gomes fielding error
        • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Engel struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Lindor popped out to second
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Guyer hit by pitch, Davis to third, Encarnacion to second
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gomes walked, Davis scored, Encarnacion to third, Guyer to second
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
        • J. Rondon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • B. Guyer: Guyer singled to left center
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Gomes hit by pitch, Guyer to second
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso lined out to left
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez lined out to right
        • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Allen struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Tilson struck out swinging
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Engel grounded out to pitcher
        • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Thompson struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Lindor homered to left
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez safe at first on 2nd baseman Gonzalez fielding error
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rondon struck out looking
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Abreu homered to right center, Sanchez scored
        • D. Palka: Foul, Ball, Palka grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Smith: Smith reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike looking, Davidson popped out to catcher
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)