Bauer, Indians get two-game split with White Sox

Bauer, Indians get two-game split with White Sox

CLEVELAND -- Right-hander Trevor Bauer logged six strong innings, picking up his second win in as many starts and helping the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Cleveland.

"We had a rough homestand, but I think guys came out a little bit looser today," Bauer said. "We played pretty well."

Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall contributed a two-run double and Carlos Santana added an RBI single, offering just enough support for Bauer to improve to 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA for the Tribe. Bauer (two runs allowed on four hits with eight strikeouts and four walks) built off his season debut, in the process extending his impressive streak of no-hit innings to nine to start the year.

White Sox left-hander John Danks was charged with four runs (three earned) on six hits in 4 2/3 innings for Chicago, which committed two errors in the loss. Chicago's lone breakthrough against Bauer came in the sixth, when Alexei Ramirez and J.B. Shuck each drove in a run.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bauer outage: Cleveland's starter opened with three no-hit innings, giving him nine straight innings with no hits allowed to begin this season. White Sox slugger Jose Abreu ended that streak with a leadoff single in the fourth inning. In his nine no-hit frames, dating back to his first outing of the year on Thursday in Houston, Bauer struck out 15, walked seven and threw 157 pitches (94 strikes).

Bauer on win vs. White Sox

"He's got good stuff and he's got multiple pitches," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "And there's some deception, because he's not the biggest kid, but he's throwing hard. He can get the fastball by you. He can elevate it. He can sink it. He has all the pitches. It's kind of hard to really get a bead on him." More >

Walk this way: Adam LaRoche apparently took it upon himself to offset his team's lack of walks. The White Sox entered the game with a league-low eight unintentional walks. LaRoche walked in each of his first three at-bats against Bauer. It was the 10th time in LaRoche's career he walked at least three times in a single game. Micah Johnson also took a walk for the White Sox in the third inning.

"[LaRoche] had good at-bats today," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "[Bauer] was tough. He's a little erratic, almost to his credit. He's not sitting there just pumping strikes the whole time. He had us swinging at some stuff away, and Adam was patient enough to get us going there for a couple innings."

Escape act: Cleveland has struggled with shut-down innings of late, allowing runs in seven out of nine innings immediately after scoring in the four games prior to Wednesday. After his offense struck for one run in the bottom of the third, Bauer found himself in a bases-loaded jam with one out in the top of the fourth. The righty bucked the recent trend, though, inducing a popout from Shuck and striking out Geovany Soto to end the threat. After the Indians scored twice in the fourth, Bauer turned in a one-two-three fifth.

Bauer gets out of the jam

"When somebody asks you, 'What's the most important inning in the game?'" Francona said, "[The answer is] it's after you score. We hadn't been real good at that [the past week]. To play winning baseball, that's one of the key ingredients. When you score, go out and shut them down."

Defense backfires: The White Sox didn't do themselves any favors in the field. The Indians compiled three infield hits, and there were two other balls that didn't leave the infield which resulted in an Indians baserunner, thanks to errors. Jason Kipnis was awarded a stolen base in the fifth inning when a throw from first baseman Abreu went into left field on a pickoff attempt. To make matters worse, a defensive shift against Santana backfired in the fifth inning, as Santana found a hole in the shift at shortstop for an RBI single.

Santana's RBI single

"The Santana ball just beat the shift, kind of went in between us," second baseman Johnson said. "John pitched really well, he did what he's supposed to do." More >

REPLAY REVIEW
In the ninth inning, home-plate umpire Vic Carapazza ruled that Johnson was hit by a pitch by Indians closer Cody Allen. Cleveland manager Terry Francona challenged the call, but the call was confirmed after a brief review.

Indians lose challenge

QUOTABLE
"I don't think people realize, he's a pretty intense competitor. He's not going to give in. … I think he has a really good understanding that he has to get out of [a jam]. He does a good job of putting the last batter or the last pitch in the rear-view mirror, which for a young kid is really impressive." -- Francona, on Bauer

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Bauer became the first Major League starting pitcher since 2001 (Hideo Nomo, 10 2/3 innings) to open a season with at least nine consecutive no-hit innings. The only other Cleveland starter to accomplish the feat was Hall of Famer Bob Feller, who opened the 1940 campaign with a nine-inning no-hitter against the White Sox. More >

WHAT'S NEXT
White Sox: The White Sox continue their trek around the American League Central, heading to Detroit for the first of three consecutive games, starting Friday at 12:08 p.m. ET. Jeff Samardzija gets the start for Chicago, making his first career start against his now-division-rival Tigers.

Indians: Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will take the mound on Friday against the Twins (8:10 p.m. ET) in search of his first win of the season. Kluber has a 2.63 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings through two starts, but he has one hard-luck loss and a no-decision. The game in Minnesota marks the first in a nine-game, 10-day road trip for the Tribe.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.