Bauer has solid start for Indians; ChiSox win 5-4

CHICAGO (AP) Trevor Bauer's performance was encouraging, and Carlos Carrasco was even better - until a late meltdown.

Bauer took a step toward returning to Cleveland's rotation for the postseason by tossing four effective innings, but the Chicago White Sox overcame a two-run, ninth-inning deficit to beat the Indians and Carrasco 5-4 Tuesday night.

Bauer allowed two runs - on Avisail Garcia's career-high-19th homer in the first - in his second start since suffering a stress fracture in his right leg on Aug. 11. The right-hander also allowed four singles while striking out four and walking none. He threw 43 strikes in the 60-pitch limit set by manager Terry Francona.

''He looked more like himself, which is really a good thing,'' Francona said.

Bauer said he felt ''fantastic'' on the mound.

''I'm really encouraged today again,'' Bauer said. ''Commanded the ball pretty darn well.

''My stuff has been good. I'm still a tad out of sync mechanically, which is to be expected after missing six weeks. So, I fully expect that to be better the next time out.''

Cleveland will open its Division Series at Houston on Oct. 5. The Astros defeated Toronto 4-1 and were assured the AL West title when Oakland lost at Seattle 10-8.

Pitching coach Carl Willis said Carrasco will start on Sunday at Kansas City, with Bauer coming out of the bullpen.

''Hopefully, I'll get 85 pitches in on Sunday, which is the next progression, then cleared for just normal activity,'' Bauer said.

Carrasco (16-10) followed Bauer on Tuesday with his second relief appearance this season. The right-hander tossed one-hit, shutout ball through four innings and entered the ninth with a 4-2 lead before the White Sox scored three times and snapped a three-game losing streak.

''He was terrific up until the end,'' Francona said.

Daniel Palka's game-ending single up the middle with one out drove in two runs and capped Chicago's rally.

Yoan Moncada led off the ninth with a walk, Adam Engel and Yolmer Sanchez followed with singles that cut the score to 4-3. Leury Garcia's sacrifice bunt advanced Engel to third and Sanchez to second, then Palka delivered the game-winning hit.

Palka said the comeback had nothing do with Carrasco, who has started 29 games, tiring.

''I think we just got kind of got hot and were feeding off each other,'' Palka said. ''I don't think it matters how many innings it is for him. He's a baller and he's going to go out and pitch.''

''Luckily it was my third AB off of him and I saw everything he was getting me out with,'' Palka said.

The White Sox need to win one of their last five games to avoid their first 100-loss season since 1970, when they went 56-106.

Yan Gomes hit his 16th homer and Yonder Alonso had two RBIs as Cleveland stumbled late in game that was delayed 51 minutes at the start due to rain. The Indians, who have won the AL Central three straight years, will open a division series next week at the winner of the AL West.

White Sox starter James Shields allowed four runs on six hits and four walks in six innings. Reliever Ian Hamilton (1-2) got one out in the ninth to earn the win

Bauer was limited to 1 1/3 innings and 34 pitches against Boston last Friday in his first outing since returning from the disabled list.

An All-Star for the first time in 2018, Bauer was in the midst of his best season - and on a roll - when Jose Abreu's liner hit him in the leg in the seventh inning of a 3-1 Indians win at Guaranteed Rate Field last month.

When the 27-year-old righty landed on the disabled list on Aug. 14, he was 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA, and 4-0 with 1.05 ERA in his last four starts. Including his Aug. 11 win over the White Sox, Bauer had thrown 100 or more pitches in each of his first 25 starts this season.

In this one, Avisail Garcia drove a belt-high breaking pitch from Bauer into the left-center bleachers with two outs in the first to put the White Sox ahead 2-0.

Cleveland scored three runs with two outs in the third off Shields for a 3-2 lead. Jose Ramirez drove in the first run with a sharp single. After the Indians loaded the bases, Alonso's single drove in two more.

Bauer allowed singles to Leury Garcia and Daniel Palka with two outs in the bottom half, but escaped on Avisail Garcia' soft comebacker.

Gomes' solo shot in the fourth made it 4-2.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Michael Brantley left the game in the sixth with a right calf contusion.

White Sox: Avisail Garcia, an All-Star in 2017 who finished second in the AL with a .330 batting average, said he has played with discomfort in his right knee during all of 2018 and will have surgery in the offseason. Garcia didn't disclose the injury, but said ''it's nothing major'' and he expects to be 100 percent for spring training. Garcia, who started in right field on Tuesday, is hitting .238 with 19 homers and 48 RBIs in 89 games. ... LF Nicky Delmonico left the game in the fifth with right shoulder soreness after making a diving catch on Francisco Lindor's liner.

UP NEXT:

Indians RHP Shane Bieber (10-5, 4.80) starts on Wednesday against White Sox LHP Jace Fry (2-2, 4.32)

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  • W: I. Hamilton (1-2)L: C. Carrasco (16-10)
  • HR: CLE - Y. Gomes (16), CHW - A. Garcia (19)
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B. Guyer RF20000000.205.298.374.6710.0
J. Ramirez 2B41110011.274.391.558.9492.5
E. Encarnacion 1B41100011.241.335.470.8051.5
J. Donaldson 3B30100110.233.332.424.7562.5
Y. Alonso DH20120211.246.313.419.7314.5
M. Cabrera RF30100013.275.331.416.7470.5
G. Allen PR-LF00000000.247.303.325.6293.0
Y. Gomes C41111005.267.315.453.7686.0
J. Kipnis CF40000032.226.313.381.695-1.5
B. Barnes CF00000000.385.467.6151.0820.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Sanchez 3B52210000.246.311.375.6865.0
    L. Garcia SS30100121.276.308.384.6921.0
    D. Palka DH50220022.239.291.491.7823.0
    A. Garcia RF41121022.238.278.446.7246.0
    O. Narvaez C20100200.275.367.435.8023.0
    M. Davidson 1B40100012.236.328.435.7631.5
    J. Rondon PR-1B00000000.228.283.457.7390.0
    N. Delmonico LF20000011.217.301.382.683-0.5
    R. LaMarre LF20000014.279.322.382.704-0.5
    Y. Moncada 2B31000123.231.310.393.7021.0
    A. Engel CF41100010.236.278.338.6161.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley (36), J. Donaldson (12)
      • HR - Y. Gomes (16)
      • RBI - J. Ramirez (104), Y. Alonso 2 (81), Y. Gomes (48)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (37), Y. Alonso 2 (29)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (2), E. Encarnacion, M. Cabrera 2 (2), Y. Gomes
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Davidson (23)
      • HR - A. Garcia (19)
      • SH - L. Garcia (3)
      • RBI - Y. Sanchez (53), D. Palka 2 (66), A. Garcia 2 (48)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia 2 (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Palka, A. Garcia 2 (2), R. LaMarre 2 (2), Y. Moncada 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Allen (19)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Donaldson 2 (5), J. Ramirez (14)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moncada-Garcia)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer4.05220412.261.107.0
      C. Carrasco (L, 16-10)4.14334803.421.130.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer4.0
      C. Carrasco (L, 16-10)4.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Shields6.06444614.531.317.0
      J. Minaya1.01000103.401.492.5
      C. Frare1.20000206.001.504.0
      I. Hamilton (W, 1-2)0.10000004.501.007.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Shields6.0
      J. Minaya1.0
      C. Frare1.2
      I. Hamilton (W, 1-2)0.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 60-43, C. Carrasco 81-52
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 3-5, C. Carrasco 5-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 17, C. Carrasco 22
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Frare
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 112-58, J. Minaya 14-10, C. Frare 20-12, I. Hamilton 1-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 4-8, I. Hamilton 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Shields 28, J. Minaya 4, C. Frare 5, I. Hamilton
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      F. Lindor SS50000012.279.353.520.872-0.5
      M. Brantley LF21100100.309.364.473.8374.0
      B. Guyer RF20000000.205.298.374.6710.0
      J. Ramirez 2B41110011.274.391.558.9492.5
      E. Encarnacion 1B41100011.241.335.470.8051.5
      J. Donaldson 3B30100110.233.332.424.7562.5
      Y. Alonso DH20120211.246.313.419.7314.5
      M. Cabrera RF30100013.275.331.416.7470.5
      G. Allen PR-LF00000000.247.303.325.6293.0
      Y. Gomes C41111005.267.315.453.7686.0
      J. Kipnis CF40000032.226.313.381.695-1.5
      B. Barnes CF00000000.385.467.6151.0820.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        Y. Sanchez 3B52210000.246.311.375.6865.0
        L. Garcia SS30100121.276.308.384.6921.0
        D. Palka DH50220022.239.291.491.7823.0
        A. Garcia RF41121022.238.278.446.7246.0
        O. Narvaez C20100200.275.367.435.8023.0
        M. Davidson 1B40100012.236.328.435.7631.5
        J. Rondon PR-1B00000000.228.283.457.7390.0
        N. Delmonico LF20000011.217.301.382.683-0.5
        R. LaMarre LF20000014.279.322.382.704-0.5
        Y. Moncada 2B31000123.231.310.393.7021.0
        A. Engel CF41100010.236.278.338.6161.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Brantley (36), J. Donaldson (12)
          • HR - Y. Gomes (16)
          • RBI - J. Ramirez (104), Y. Alonso 2 (81), Y. Gomes (48)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Ramirez (37), Y. Alonso 2 (29)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (2), E. Encarnacion, M. Cabrera 2 (2), Y. Gomes
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Davidson (23)
          • HR - A. Garcia (19)
          • SH - L. Garcia (3)
          • RBI - Y. Sanchez (53), D. Palka 2 (66), A. Garcia 2 (48)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia 2 (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Palka, A. Garcia 2 (2), R. LaMarre 2 (2), Y. Moncada 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - G. Allen (19)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Donaldson 2 (5), J. Ramirez (14)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Moncada-Garcia)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Bauer4.05220412.261.107.0
          C. Carrasco (L, 16-10)4.14334803.421.130.0
          Total8.19554121---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Bauer4.0
          C. Carrasco (L, 16-10)4.1
          Total8.1
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Shields6.06444614.531.317.0
          J. Minaya1.01000103.401.492.5
          C. Frare1.20000206.001.504.0
          I. Hamilton (W, 1-2)0.10000004.501.007.0
          Total9.0744491---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Shields6.0
          J. Minaya1.0
          C. Frare1.2
          I. Hamilton (W, 1-2)0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 60-43, C. Carrasco 81-52
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 3-5, C. Carrasco 5-1
          • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 17, C. Carrasco 22
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Frare
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 112-58, J. Minaya 14-10, C. Frare 20-12, I. Hamilton 1-1
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 4-8, I. Hamilton 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Shields 28, J. Minaya 4, C. Frare 5, I. Hamilton
          • 9TH INNING
            Palka singled to shallow center, Engel and Sanchez scored45
            Sanchez singled to center, Moncada scored, Engel to second43
          • 4TH INNING
            Gomes homered to left42
          • 3RD INNING
            Alonso singled to right center, Ramirez and Encarnacion scored, Donaldson to second32
            Ramirez singled to deep right, Brantley scored12
          • 1ST INNING
            Garcia homered to left, Sanchez scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Frare Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor fouled out to first
            • Ian Hamilton relieved Caleb Frare
            • B. Guyer: Guyer grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Barnes in center field
            • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moncada walked
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Engel singled to deep center, Moncada to third
            • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez singled to center, Moncada scored, Engel to second
            • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Garcia hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Engel to third, Sanchez to second
            • D. Palka: Foul, Ball, Palka singled to shallow center, Engel and Sanchez scored
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Minaya Pitching:
            • J. Donaldson: Foul, Donaldson doubled to deep right
            • Caleb Frare relieved Juan Minaya
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Allen hit by pitch
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomes lined out to second, Donaldson out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • D. Palka: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • A. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davidson doubled to deep right center, Narvaez to third
            • Jose Rondon ran for Matt Davidson
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, LaMarre grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Juan Minaya relieved James Shields
            • B. Guyer: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guyer lined out to center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera singled to right, Alonso to third
            • Greg Allen ran for Melky Cabrera
            • Y. Gomes: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Allen stole second, Gomes lined out to third
            • J. Kipnis: Strike swinging, Kipnis flied out to shallow right
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Guyer in right field
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Davidson safe at first on 3rd baseman Donaldson fielding error, Narvaez to second
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Ryan LaMarre in left field
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Donaldson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Carlos Carrasco relieved Trevor Bauer
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Engel flied out to right
            • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked
            • D. Palka: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gomes homered to left
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Lindor lined out to left
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez singled to left center
            • M. Davidson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
            • N. Delmonico: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Delmonico lined out to right
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor popped out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Brantley doubled to deep right
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez singled to deep right, Brantley scored
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Encarnacion singled to left, Ramirez to second
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked, Ramirez to third, Encarnacion to second
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso singled to right center, Ramirez and Encarnacion scored, Donaldson to second
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Ball, Engel flied out to shallow center
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Garcia singled to left center
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Palka singled to shallow right, Garcia to second
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Garcia grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gomes flied out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Davidson lined out to third
            • N. Delmonico: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moncada flied out to deep right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor lined out to center
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley walked
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez fouled out to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion lined out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez reached on an infield single to pitcher, Sanchez to third on right fielder Cabrera throwing error, Sanchez to third on 2nd baseman Ramirez throwing error
            • L. Garcia: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Palka grounded out to first
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia homered to left, Sanchez scored
            • O. Narvaez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Narvaez lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)