CHICAGO -- Despite being overshadowed by ace Corey Kluber, Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was equally as impressive in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night. Bauer was quiet as he left the mound the final time in the eighth inning, exiting without much notice after allowing one earned run and four hits and striking out seven over 7 1/3 innings.
The victory snapped Chicago's six-game winning streak and marked back-to-back games in which the White Sox scored two runs or fewer. White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia drove in the lone run with his single in the fourth inning for an offense that struggled to put balls between gaps.
"You just put it behind you," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "I think those guys [Kluber and Bauer], they have a lot of deception, a lot of movement with pitches. You're going to run into that on occasion. Some guys have some good stuff, too. We're not the only one with guys that can pitch. You just have to be able to zero it and put it out of your mind and come back."
Cleveland tallied a hit in every inning but the ninth to spark its offense against White Sox starter Jose Quintana. The left-hander went seven innings and allowed eight hits while giving up just two earned runs, but was unable to work out of the jam with runners in scoring position. Second baseman Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4, scoring twice.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Swing and a miss: With two on, two outs and trailing by a 3-1 margin, the White Sox threatened in the bottom of the eighth inning. But Indians right-hander Cody Allen struck out Garcia to end the inning and eliminate the threat.
Garcia gaffe: On the second pitch of the game, Garcia was in position in right field to make a routine catch on a line drive hit by Kipnis. But Garcia watched the ball fly over his mitt as he misjudged the ball and ran too far forward. Kipnis was credited with a triple, and scored on Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly.
Two-out magic: After the White Sox tied the score at 1 in the bottom of the fourth with a rally that started with two outs and none on, the Indians returned the favor in the top of the fifth. Following two quick outs, Kipnis singled and scored on a double into the left-field corner by Jose Ramirez for a 2-1 lead.
Rally insurance: Indians first baseman Brandon Moss provided a bit of insurance in the eighth inning with a long solo homer to right field. A two-run cushion certainly is much better than one -- especially considering Cleveland started the day 0-4 in one-run games.
"Any time you get that insurance run, it gives a little room to breath," Bauer said.
"I just happened to run into them when I feel good and when I'm executing well. When you're executing well, you have a good chance against anyone. When you don't, anyone can beat you." -- Bauer, on being 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three starts against the White Sox this season
"It's tough for us to see that kind of performance that he has been doing continuously and we weren't able to support him enough to provide the runs to win the games."-- White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera, on Quintana's performance
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Bauer's streak of scoreless innings on the road to start the season was snapped at 16 when he surrendered a run in the fourth inning. Bauer's streak is the fourth longest by an Indians starter since 1914. Hall of Famer Bob Feller holds the team mark with 19 during the 1946 season.
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a ground-rule double in the fourth inning. It hasn't been long since he last hit safely in 14 consecutive contests, though. Abreu accomplished that mark from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, 2014.
WHAT'S NEXT Indians: Right-hander Shaun Marcum will make first start of the season and first in the Major Leagues since July 6, 2013 (with the Mets) after missing all of last season recovering from surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, which caused numbness in his pitching hand. First pitch Wednesday night in Chicago is at 8:10 p.m. ET.
White Sox: Left-hander Carlos Rodon aims to rebound after a rocky start when he pitches against the Indians on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. CT at U.S. Cellular Field. With a 4.96 ERA in 16 1/3 innings, the rookie will make his third start following up a performance in which he lasted just four innings.