Lindor, Urshela rake in big frames for Indians

Lindor, Urshela rake in big frames for Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Giovanny Urshela launched his team-leading fifth home run of the spring, capping off a five-run seventh inning that pushed the Indians to a 9-4 Cactus League victory over the White Sox on Monday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.

With the addition of veteran Juan Uribe, Urshela appeared ticketed for Triple-A Columbus for Cleveland, but that has not stopped him from turning in a stellar spring. His latest offensive outburst came in the seventh, when he sent a pitch from Chicago Minor Leaguer Matt Lollis deep to right-center for a two-run, opposite-field blast to the berm beyond the wall.

Left fielder Melky Cabrera paced the White Sox offense with a home run and a double -- both coming off hard-throwing Indians righty Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco fans four batters

Carrasco, who entered the afternoon with a 2.00 ERA this spring, allowed three runs on six hits in his four innings. He struck out four and walked none in his latest tune-up for the regular season. Carrasco is expected to be the No. 2 starter behind Corey Kluber.

"I think the big thing is he stayed aggressive," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Even when they got some hits early, he stayed aggressive. I thought he threw some real good sliders, especially to the right-hand hitters. He made a couple mistakes and we maybe didn't finish some plays, but I thought he felt good enough to stay aggressive and stay at them."

Righty Scott Carroll, who is fighting for a spot in Chicago's bullpen as a long reliever, got the start against Cleveland and spun three shutout innings. The White Sox built a 1-0 lead with Carroll on the hill and had a 4-0 advantage through 4 1/2 innings, thanks in part to Cabrera's homer and an RBI single by Todd Frazier in the fifth.

Frazier's RBI single

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor knocked in a run in a two-run fifth and a mix of players came through in a five-run push an inning later. Backup catcher Roberto Perez contributed an RBI double, outfield candidate Collin Cowgill chipped in a two-run double and then Urshela belted the homer.

"Hitting a ball that way, you haven't seen him do that too often," Francona said. "That was good to see. He's feeling pretty good about himself, as he should."

Urshela's two-run homer

Playing in his second game of the spring, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (right shoulder surgery in November) went 0-for-2 with a walk in his bid to be ready in time for Opening Day. Veteran Marlon Byrd -- in camp as a non-roster invitee -- doubled twice in his second game for Cleveland.

Up next for White Sox: Mat Latos makes his first Cactus League start as part of the White Sox, after doing all of his previous work in side sessions or while pitching in B games, against the Giants at 3:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch. Avisail Garcia also is expected back in the starting lineup. Watch the game live on MLB.TV

Up next for Indians: Following an off-day on Tuesday, the Indians will host the World Series champion Royals on Wednesday in a 4:05 p.m. ET Cactus League clash at Goodyear Ballpark. Right-hander Danny Salazar, who projects to be Cleveland's No. 3 starter, is scheduled to work five innings. Closer Cody Allen is also penciled in to pitch. The game will be broadcast live on SportsTime Ohio and MLB.TV.

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