Kipnis hits grand slam in 9th, Indians beat White Sox 4-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Jason Kipnis' game-ending grand slam and 1,000th career hit came on one big swing.

''I couldn't have drawn it up much better than that one,'' he said.

Kipnis homered with one out in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 4-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

Kipnis hit a 3-2 pitch from Ian Hamilton into the right field seats for his milestone hit and was doused with water buckets by his teammates as he conducted a postgame television interview.

While the Indians have already clinched their third straight AL Central title, the season has been a difficult one for Kipnis. He's struggled at the plate and was moved from second base to center field two weeks ago.

''My head it still where it needs to be,'' he said. ''I'm fine. I'm still feeling good. I'm still feeling confident. The game is a metaphor for my season, too. I look for my openings, and where I can contribute and help out. It's up to me whether I can stay ready for it.''

The Indians were held to two hits through eight before their comeback.

Josh Donaldson started the ninth with an infield hit. Pitcher Juan Minaya fielded the ball that rolled about 30 feet up the third base line, but Donaldson beat the throw to first. Chicago challenged the play but the ruling was upheld.

Pinch-hitter Yandy Diaz bounced a single through the left side that moved pinch-runner Rajai Davis to second.

Melky Cabrera popped up a bunt attempt to the mound that was caught by reliever Caleb Frare (0-1). Hamilton replaced Frare, but hit Yan Gomes with the first pitch to load the bases.

Oliver Perez (1-1) recorded the final out in the ninth for the Indians.

Daniel Palka homered for the White Sox, who remained winless at Progressive Field this season, falling to 0-8.

''Tough loss,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. ''We were right there. We tried to give them everything we could. Kipnis gets a pitch that he drove out of the ballpark.''

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings, but gave up Palka's home run to center with one out in the sixth.

Chicago's strong pitching made the lead hold up until the ninth. Dylan Covey allowed two hits in six innings and struck out Yonder Alonso with the bases loaded to end the third.

White Sox slugger Jose Abreu was released from a Cleveland hospital Wednesday after being treated for an infection in his right thigh.

Donaldson, acquired from Toronto on Aug. 31, turned in two outstanding plays at third base, both against Ryan Cordell.

Donaldson went to his knees to make a backhand stop of a third-inning grounder, jumped to his feet and made a strong throw to first. He speared a hard-hit ground ball in the seventh and made another strong throw for the out.

The 2015 AL MVP is batting .167 (3 for 18) with four strikeouts in six games with Cleveland.

''Played the heck out of third base tonight, then he beat out that bunt,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''That was good.''

Donaldson played on consecutive days for the first time since joining the Indians. Francona said he'll be off on Thursday.

Palka moved into a tie with Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. for the major league lead in rookie home runs.

TAKE IT SLOW

Renteria has no planned timetable for when Abreu will return.

''We're not going to be in any rush to have him come back,'' Renteria said. ''It would be foolish to do so.''

The All-Star first baseman is batting .265 with 22 homers and 78 RBIs in 128 games.

MILLER TIME

Andrew Miller appeared in back-to-back games for the first time since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 10. He replaced Carrasco in the seventh and gave up a single to Yoan Moncada and retired Yolmer Sanchez on a fly ball.

Miller has been on the DL three times with hamstring, knee and shoulder injuries.

PLAYING HURT

Ramirez, the Indians' All-Star second baseman, was in the lineup a night after being hit on the left arm by Carlos Rodon's pitch Tuesday. Ramirez was 0 for 2 with two walks.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: C Welington Castillo (left elbow), who pinch hit Tuesday in the ninth inning, was not in the lineup after experiencing soreness. Castillo hyperextended his elbow while swinging the bat during Chicago's previous series in Baltimore.

Indians: Encarnacion (sore ankle) returned after missing two games and was 1 for 4.

UP NEXT

White Sox RHP James Shields (7-16, 4.53 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (1-5, 6.49 ERA) in the three-game series finale. Shields leads the AL in losses.

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  • W: O. Perez (1-1)L: C. Frare (0-1)
  • HR: CHW - D. Palka (26), CLE - J. Kipnis (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Moncada 2B50100032.228.306.393.699-0.5
Y. Sanchez 3B40100021.246.314.379.6930.0
D. Palka LF41111021.243.295.500.7955.0
R. LaMarre LF00000000.273.317.377.6940.0
A. Garcia RF40000031.234.272.446.718-1.5
O. Narvaez DH30100100.276.365.432.7972.0
M. Davidson 1B40100011.234.330.443.7720.5
K. Smith C30000114.291.349.344.6940.5
T. Anderson SS40000012.244.285.411.696-0.5
R. Cordell CF40000022.050.048.200.248-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40000011.281.354.521.875-0.5
    M. Brantley LF40000010.304.359.467.827-0.5
    J. Ramirez 2B20000210.280.395.572.9681.5
    E. Encarnacion DH40100012.239.327.471.7980.5
    J. Donaldson 3B30100102.226.328.413.7412.0
    R. Davis PR01000000.229.280.286.5671.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30000013.241.306.420.726-0.5
    a- Y. Diaz PH10100000.300.344.411.7551.0
    G. Allen PR01000000.241.294.318.6131.0
    M. Cabrera RF40000002.271.325.417.7430.0
    Y. Gomes C31100000.261.309.432.7414.0
    J. Kipnis CF31141111.229.317.388.7059.5
    • a-singled for Alonso in the 9th
    BATTING
    • HR - D. Palka (26)
    • RBI - D. Palka (62)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Moncada 2 (2), Y. Sanchez, D. Palka, A. Garcia, K. Smith 3 (3), T. Anderson
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Gomes (23)
    • HR - J. Kipnis (17)
    • RBI - J. Kipnis 4 (72)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Donaldson 2 (2), Y. Alonso 3 (3), J. Kipnis
    FIELDING
    • PB - K. Smith
    FIELDING
    • E - F. Lindor (14), J. Ramirez (12)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Covey6.02003505.331.5118.5
    J. Fry (H, 16)1.20001004.011.012.0
    J. Minaya (H, 8)0.11110103.561.51-1.5
    C. Frare (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.11110009.002.00-7.0
    I. Hamilton (BS, 1)0.01220014.761.06-3.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Covey6.0
    J. Fry (H, 16)1.2
    J. Minaya (H, 8)0.1
    C. Frare (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.1
    I. Hamilton (BS, 1)0.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Carrasco6.241111113.351.1120.5
    A. Miller0.11000003.381.30-1.0
    B. Hand1.00000202.751.064.0
    A. Cimber0.20001103.531.23-0.5
    O. Perez (W, 1-1)0.10000100.910.617.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Carrasco6.2
    A. Miller0.1
    B. Hand1.0
    A. Cimber0.2
    O. Perez (W, 1-1)0.1
    PITCHING
    • HBP - I. Hamilton
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 95-56, J. Fry 31-20, J. Minaya 8-5, C. Frare 5-3, I. Hamilton 7-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 13-1, J. Fry 2-3
    • Batters Faced - D. Covey 24, J. Fry 6, J. Minaya 2, C. Frare 2, I. Hamilton 2
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Carrasco 2 (9)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 111-69, A. Miller 5-5, B. Hand 13-9, A. Cimber 16-9, O. Perez 7-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 7-4, A. Cimber 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 27, A. Miller 2, B. Hand 3, A. Cimber 4, O. Perez
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B50100032.228.306.393.699-0.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B40100021.246.314.379.6930.0
    D. Palka LF41111021.243.295.500.7955.0
    R. LaMarre LF00000000.273.317.377.6940.0
    A. Garcia RF40000031.234.272.446.718-1.5
    O. Narvaez DH30100100.276.365.432.7972.0
    M. Davidson 1B40100011.234.330.443.7720.5
    K. Smith C30000114.291.349.344.6940.5
    T. Anderson SS40000012.244.285.411.696-0.5
    R. Cordell CF40000022.050.048.200.248-1.0
    Total35151121514-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS40000011.281.354.521.875-0.5
      M. Brantley LF40000010.304.359.467.827-0.5
      J. Ramirez 2B20000210.280.395.572.9681.5
      E. Encarnacion DH40100012.239.327.471.7980.5
      J. Donaldson 3B30100102.226.328.413.7412.0
      R. Davis PR01000000.229.280.286.5671.0
      Y. Alonso 1B30000013.241.306.420.726-0.5
      a- Y. Diaz PH10100000.300.344.411.7551.0
      G. Allen PR01000000.241.294.318.6131.0
      M. Cabrera RF40000002.271.325.417.7430.0
      Y. Gomes C31100000.261.309.432.7414.0
      J. Kipnis CF31141111.229.317.388.7059.5
      Total3145414611-----
      • a-singled for Alonso in the 9th
      BATTING
      • HR - D. Palka (26)
      • RBI - D. Palka (62)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Moncada 2 (2), Y. Sanchez, D. Palka, A. Garcia, K. Smith 3 (3), T. Anderson
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gomes (23)
      • HR - J. Kipnis (17)
      • RBI - J. Kipnis 4 (72)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Donaldson 2 (2), Y. Alonso 3 (3), J. Kipnis
      FIELDING
      • PB - K. Smith
      FIELDING
      • E - F. Lindor (14), J. Ramirez (12)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Covey6.02003505.331.5118.5
      J. Fry (H, 16)1.20001004.011.012.0
      J. Minaya (H, 8)0.11110103.561.51-1.5
      C. Frare (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.11110009.002.00-7.0
      I. Hamilton (BS, 1)0.01220014.761.06-3.0
      Total8.1544461---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Covey6.0
      J. Fry (H, 16)1.2
      J. Minaya (H, 8)0.1
      C. Frare (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.1
      I. Hamilton (BS, 1)0.0
      Total8.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco6.241111113.351.1120.5
      A. Miller0.11000003.381.30-1.0
      B. Hand1.00000202.751.064.0
      A. Cimber0.20001103.531.23-0.5
      O. Perez (W, 1-1)0.10000100.910.617.5
      Total9.05112151---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco6.2
      A. Miller0.1
      B. Hand1.0
      A. Cimber0.2
      O. Perez (W, 1-1)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - I. Hamilton
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 95-56, J. Fry 31-20, J. Minaya 8-5, C. Frare 5-3, I. Hamilton 7-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 13-1, J. Fry 2-3
      • Batters Faced - D. Covey 24, J. Fry 6, J. Minaya 2, C. Frare 2, I. Hamilton 2
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Carrasco 2 (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 111-69, A. Miller 5-5, B. Hand 13-9, A. Cimber 16-9, O. Perez 7-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 7-4, A. Cimber 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 27, A. Miller 2, B. Hand 3, A. Cimber 4, O. Perez
      • 9TH INNING
        Kipnis homered to right, Davis, Allen and Gomes scored14
      • 6TH INNING
        Palka homered to center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Adam Cimber relieved Brad Hand
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Davidson lined out to right
        • K. Smith: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Anderson safe at first on 2nd baseman Ramirez fielding error, Smith to second
        • R. Cordell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cordell struck out looking
        • Oliver Perez relieved Adam Cimber
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Minaya Pitching:
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • Rajai Davis ran for Josh Donaldson
        • Caleb Frare relieved Juan Minaya
        • Yandy Diaz hit for Yonder Alonso
        • Y. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Diaz singled to left, Davis to second
        • Greg Allen ran for Yandy Diaz
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera popped bunt out to pitcher
        • Ian Hamilton relieved Caleb Frare
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes hit by pitch, Davis to third, Allen to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis homered to right, Davis, Allen and Gomes scored
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brad Hand relieved Andrew Miller
        • D. Palka: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Palka struck out looking
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Narvaez fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan LaMarre in left field
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley lined out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez fouled out to third
        • Juan Minaya relieved Jace Fry
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
        • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cordell grounded out to third
        • Andrew Miller relieved Carlos Carrasco
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada singled to right
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jace Fry relieved Dylan Covey
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gomes grounded out to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lindor popped out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
        • D. Palka: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Palka homered to center
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Narvaez singled to left
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Narvaez to second on wild pitch
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smith flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to second
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to second
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Anderson flied out to deep right
        • R. Cordell: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cordell struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Moncada flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia lined out to left
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Narvaez grounded out to second
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davidson singled to left center
        • K. Smith: Ball, Davidson to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Smith grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomes grounded out to third
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Cordell grounded out to third
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez singled to right
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out, reached on passed ball
        • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked, Brantley to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Encarnacion fouled out to catcher
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked, Brantley to third, Ramirez to second
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davidson grounded out to shortstop, Narvaez to second
        • K. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Alonso grounded out to first
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes doubled to deep left
        • J. Kipnis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • D. Palka: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Palka safe at first on shortstop Lindor fielding error
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Lindor struck out on foul tip
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion singled to right center, Ramirez to third
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)