Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer turned from pitcher to politician to prize fighter.

If the weather was going to finish him, Bauer was going down swinging.

Bauer pitched seven scoreless innings before a rain delay ended his night, and Jason Kipnis homered to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 6-2 win over the sliding and sloppy Chicago White Sox on Monday.

Bauer (6-5) allowed just three hits, struck out eight and was in line to potentially pitch his first career shutout. However, after the game was halted in the seventh for 35 minutes, manager Terry Francona pulled the right-hander following the delay.

Not before Bauer pleaded his case.

''Carl Willis was lucky he didn't come tell me,'' Bauer said, referring to Cleveland's pitching coach. ''I told him any one but Tito and I was throwing fists.''

Bauer was joking, of course, but Francona liked how his right-hander fought to remain in the game.

''Boy, I give him credit, man,'' Francona said. ''Even during the rain delay he was politicking. It just doesn't make sense. But I gotta tell you, if you're going to get into a little bit of a push and shove, I like it that he wants to stay in. I respect the hell out of that. I just didn't think it made sense. I don't have any doubt he could have done it, too. ''

Roberto Perez drove in two runs off Dylan Covey (3-2) as Cleveland improved to 15-4 in its last 19 home games against Chicago.

The White Sox committed three errors - one by Covey - in the first three innings, lost their fifth straight and dropped a season-high 23 games under .500.

Matt Davidson homered in the ninth for Chicago.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria felt Covey deserved better.

''Believe it or not even though Dylan did have a few walks, he didn't throw the ball as badly as the numbers might show,'' he said. ''We didn't defend for him. A lot of sloppy play out there to be honest. We just didn't catch the ball and pick him up when we could have and he still ground out five innings.''

Chicago's hitters couldn't get anything going against Bauer, who struck out 12 in a tough loss against the White Sox and Covey last week. Bauer was bidding to tie a club record held by two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber with his fifth consecutive game of at least 10 strikeouts.

Bauer got to eight, but was denied any more because of a line of storms off Lake Erie and Francona's decision not to push him further. Bauer has thrown at least 100 pitches in all 16 starts this season.

The enigmatic starter is crediting his success to some new pitches and a ''tunneling approach'' in which he divides the plate into quadrants.

''The more I'm able to execute those spots, with given pitches, the more confusion there is in the hitters because they see the same look over and over, and the ball goes different ways at different speeds and what not,'' he said.

Perez's two-run, ground-rule double highlighted Cleveland's three-run second inning, which was set up by Chicago second baseman Yoan Moncada's fielding error.

MARSHALL PLAN

Indians reliever Evan Marshall left in the eighth after complaining of elbow soreness. Francona said the team will likely have an update on him Wednesday.

MORE THAN A NAME

Looking for bullpen help, the Indians signed veteran reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus. The left-hander previously pitched for Cleveland from 2013-15, appearing in 145 games.

The club currently needs a lefty reliever with both Andrew Miller and Tyler Olson on the disabled list. Rzepczynski could be an option.

''It's a guy we know,'' Francona said. ''We're down to one lefty right now, so it's a guy that certainly could come here and help. He didn't sign to stay in Triple-A.''

Francona joked that he still has trouble spelling the lefty's last name.

''I've got it in my phone: Z-E-P,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Renteria said OF Avisail Garcia (strained right hamstring) is progressing well on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. Garcia's status will be reassessed after he plays Tuesday and Wednesday. He's been on the disabled list since May 24.

Indians: OF Bradley Zimmer will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder. Zimmer felt discomfort while throwing after he initially strained the shoulder while doing drills after being sent to Columbus to work on his game. ''I don't think he thought it was anything, and it just didn't feel good. So, we're going to go ahead and get him looked at,'' Francona said.

UP NEXT

Indians RHP Mike Clevinger will face the White Sox for the second straight start. He set a career high with 11 strikeouts and held Chicago to one run over seven innings last Thursday. Carlos Rodon will start for the White Sox.

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  • W: T. Bauer (6-5)L: D. Covey (3-2)
  • HR: CHW - M. Davidson (13), CLE - J. Kipnis (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Moncada 2B30200110.227.302.401.7031.5
Y. Sanchez 3B40110012.264.312.415.7271.5
J. Abreu 1B40100002.283.338.500.8381.0
D. Palka RF30000123.248.291.463.7540.0
K. Smith C40000011.395.395.421.816-0.5
M. Davidson DH41211011.241.357.503.8607.5
T. Anderson SS40000022.233.301.416.717-1.0
C. Tilson LF40000021.254.289.296.585-1.0
A. Engel CF21000001.211.272.297.5702.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS21010111.287.361.529.8903.5
    M. Brantley LF50200005.321.363.520.8844.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30100201.289.385.604.9895.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000126.225.301.458.7590.0
    Y. Alonso 1B50000016.242.316.436.752-0.5
    L. Chisenhall RF21110200.345.446.455.9015.0
    R. Davis CF42000015.223.279.277.5551.5
    J. Kipnis 2B42321000.207.284.320.60510.0
    R. Perez C30220110.155.250.250.5006.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Davidson (10)
      • HR - M. Davidson (13)
      • RBI - Y. Sanchez (29), M. Davidson (32)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Perez 2 (3)
      • HR - J. Kipnis (5)
      • SF - F. Lindor (2)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (38), L. Chisenhall (4), J. Kipnis 2 (27), R. Perez 2 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Chisenhall (2), J. Kipnis 2 (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - Y. Moncada (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Brantley (4), J. Ramirez (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Anderson-Sanchez-Abreu)
      • E - D. Covey (2), Y. Moncada (8), K. Smith
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Perez-Lindor; Alonso-Lindor-Bauer)
      • E - Y. Alonso (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Covey (L, 3-2)5.06545212.901.41-4.0
      H. Santiago0.22112204.711.60-4.0
      J. Minaya1.11000205.872.223.0
      J. Soria1.00000003.001.153.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Covey (L, 3-2)5.0
      H. Santiago0.2
      J. Minaya1.1
      J. Soria1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (W, 6-5)7.03002802.501.0930.0
      E. Marshall0.12110107.712.29-2.5
      N. Ramirez0.20000002.841.180.0
      D. Otero1.01110116.121.161.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (W, 6-5)7.0
      E. Marshall0.1
      N. Ramirez0.2
      D. Otero1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - D. Covey
      • HBP - D. Covey
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 94-56, H. Santiago 28-15, J. Minaya 30-21, J. Soria 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 7-6, J. Minaya 2-0, J. Soria 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Covey 27, H. Santiago 6, J. Minaya 5, J. Soria 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - E. Marshall
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 100-59, E. Marshall 20-12, N. Ramirez 6-4, D. Otero 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 6-6, D. Otero 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 25, E. Marshall 4, N. Ramirez 2, D. Otero 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Y. Moncada 2B30200110.227.302.401.7031.5
      Y. Sanchez 3B40110012.264.312.415.7271.5
      J. Abreu 1B40100002.283.338.500.8381.0
      D. Palka RF30000123.248.291.463.7540.0
      K. Smith C40000011.395.395.421.816-0.5
      M. Davidson DH41211011.241.357.503.8607.5
      T. Anderson SS40000022.233.301.416.717-1.0
      C. Tilson LF40000021.254.289.296.585-1.0
      A. Engel CF21000001.211.272.297.5702.0
      Total32262121013-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS21010111.287.361.529.8903.5
        M. Brantley LF50200005.321.363.520.8844.0
        J. Ramirez 3B30100201.289.385.604.9895.0
        E. Encarnacion DH40000126.225.301.458.7590.0
        Y. Alonso 1B50000016.242.316.436.752-0.5
        L. Chisenhall RF21110200.345.446.455.9015.0
        R. Davis CF42000015.223.279.277.5551.5
        J. Kipnis 2B42321000.207.284.320.60510.0
        R. Perez C30220110.155.250.250.5006.5
        Total3269617624-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Davidson (10)
          • HR - M. Davidson (13)
          • RBI - Y. Sanchez (29), M. Davidson (32)
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Perez 2 (3)
          • HR - J. Kipnis (5)
          • SF - F. Lindor (2)
          • RBI - F. Lindor (38), L. Chisenhall (4), J. Kipnis 2 (27), R. Perez 2 (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Chisenhall (2), J. Kipnis 2 (12)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - Y. Moncada (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Brantley (4), J. Ramirez (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Anderson-Sanchez-Abreu)
          • E - D. Covey (2), Y. Moncada (8), K. Smith
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Perez-Lindor; Alonso-Lindor-Bauer)
          • E - Y. Alonso (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Covey (L, 3-2)5.06545212.901.41-4.0
          H. Santiago0.22112204.711.60-4.0
          J. Minaya1.11000205.872.223.0
          J. Soria1.00000003.001.153.0
          Total8.0965761---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Covey (L, 3-2)5.0
          H. Santiago0.2
          J. Minaya1.1
          J. Soria1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Bauer (W, 6-5)7.03002802.501.0930.0
          E. Marshall0.12110107.712.29-2.5
          N. Ramirez0.20000002.841.180.0
          D. Otero1.01110116.121.161.5
          Total9.06222101---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Bauer (W, 6-5)7.0
          E. Marshall0.1
          N. Ramirez0.2
          D. Otero1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - D. Covey
          • HBP - D. Covey
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 94-56, H. Santiago 28-15, J. Minaya 30-21, J. Soria 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 7-6, J. Minaya 2-0, J. Soria 1-2
          • Batters Faced - D. Covey 27, H. Santiago 6, J. Minaya 5, J. Soria 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - E. Marshall
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 100-59, E. Marshall 20-12, N. Ramirez 6-4, D. Otero 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 6-6, D. Otero 2-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 25, E. Marshall 4, N. Ramirez 2, D. Otero 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Davidson homered to right center26
          • 8TH INNING
            Sanchez singled to left, Engel scored, Moncada to second16
          • 6TH INNING
            Chisenhall walked, Lindor scored, Brantley to third, Ramirez to second06
          • 5TH INNING
            Kipnis homered to right center05
          • 3RD INNING
            Kipnis singled to right, Davis scored04
          • 2ND INNING
            Lindor hit sacrifice fly to left, Kipnis scored03
            Perez doubled to deep right, Chisenhall and Davis scored, Kipnis to third02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Dan Otero relieved Neil Ramirez
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Davidson homered to right center
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tilson grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Evan Marshall relieved Trevor Bauer
            • C. Tilson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tilson struck out swinging
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Engel hit by pitch
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Moncada singled to right, Engel to second
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez singled to left, Engel scored, Moncada to second
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball
            • Abreu popped out to shortstop
            • D. Palka: Ball, Foul, Palka popped out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joakim Soria relieved Juan Minaya
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion grounded out to third
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso popped out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Palka walked
            • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith flied out to deep right
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davidson lined out to center
            • T. Anderson: Anderson flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Minaya Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez doubled to deep right center
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Hector Santiago relieved Dylan Covey
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brantley singled to shallow left, Lindor to second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez singled to left, Lindor to third, Brantley to second
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall walked, Lindor scored, Brantley to third, Ramirez to second
            • Juan Minaya relieved Hector Santiago
            • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson grounded out to third
            • C. Tilson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Tilson safe at first on 1st baseman Alonso fielding error
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Engel flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall flied out to deep center
            • R. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis homered to right center
            • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Abreu flied out to left
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • K. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Encarnacion reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Ramirez out at second
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso grounded into double play shortstop to third to first, Encarnacion out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Engel grounded out to first
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Moncada out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to second
            • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall walked
            • R. Davis: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Davis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Chisenhall out at second
            • J. Kipnis: Pickoff attempt, Davis to second on Covey fielding error, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Kipnis singled to right, Davis scored
            • R. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked, Kipnis to second
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lindor hit by pitch, Kipnis to third, Perez to second
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley flied out to deep right
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • K. Smith: Ball, Smith flied out to center
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davidson doubled to right
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
            • C. Tilson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tilson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall singled to right center
            • R. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Davis reached on fielder's choice to second, Chisenhall to second on 2nd baseman Moncada fielding error
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis reached on bunt single to pitcher, Chisenhall to third, Davis to second
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez doubled to deep right, Chisenhall and Davis scored, Kipnis to third
            • F. Lindor: Lindor hit sacrifice fly to left, Kipnis scored
            • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to deep center, Perez to third
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez intentionally walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Foul, Moncada singled to right center
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Abreu singled to left
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley singled to center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez lined out to left
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley stole second, Brantley to third on catcher Smith fielding error, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso lined out to right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)