Tribe's magic number 13 despite loss to White Sox

Tribe's magic number 13 despite loss to White Sox

CHICAGO -- It was a sixth inning that went to the dogs for Trevor Bauer and the Indians on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Figuratively, in this case, although the White Sox set a new Guinness Record by having 1,122 canines in attendance.

The White Sox knocked the ball around the ballpark against Bauer and reliever Dan Otero to the tune of a season-high seven runs on seven hits, turning a close game into a comfortable 8-1 victory for the South Siders. In the first two games of this four-game set, the White Sox have outscored the American League Central leaders by a 19-5 margin.

"I executed pitches and they didn't hit the ball hard," Bauer said of the sixth inning. "I don't feel like I deserved to have that happen. They got six hits tonight, only two of them were in the strike zone, so … I don't know. That's the best I've been in months. Baseball is a [messed]-up game."

Despite the loss, the Indians' magic number to clinch the Central fell to 13 after the Tigers' loss to the Twins.

White Sox score seven in 6th

Bauer had retired 13 of 14 hitters after allowing a first-inning run before the White Sox began their sixth with an Adam Eaton walk. They produced five singles, one double and a two-run Carlos Sanchez triple, with an exit velocity of 108 mph per Statcast™, on the line drive to right.

Sanchez's two-run triple

"I led off with the walk and the guys behind me did the job that needed to be done. It was some really impressive at-bats to go through there," Eaton said. "Bauer is a heck of a competitor. Had really everything going tonight up to that point, but it's kind of the way baseball goes. It's contagious, just good at-bat after good at-bat. But those are the innings you need to have in order to be successful, so hopefully we can keep it rolling."

This offensive outburst was more than enough support for Jose Quintana, who improved to 12-10 for the season. Quintana allowed Brandon Guyer's solo home run with one out in the second but cruised through eight innings while fanning six. The White Sox improved to 70-74 overall and 5-9 against the Indians.

"I throw the ball well and all my stuff was good," said Quintana, who made his 21st quality start of the season. "I have to win this game, especially against a good lineup, first place in the division. All my stuff was working tonight."

Quintana's brilliant start

Beware of Abreu: Jose Abreu delivered a run-scoring single on an 0-2 pitch from Bauer in the first and singled home another run during the seven-run sixth to raise his RBI total for the season to 94. He has reached base in 37 of his last 39 games and has 38 RBIs in those 39 games, as well as 21 over his last 13.

"A guy like him, you are looking at a year where he wasn't hot early. But by the end of the year, he knocks in 100 and is hitting about .300," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's where you would expect him to be on a down year, which it's impressive what he's been able to do in the second half to be able to pick it back up."

Abreu's RBI single

Losing it: Before the sixth, the only blemish in Bauer's 13-of-14 stretch was a hit by pitch against Sanchez in the fifth. Bauer, though, faced six batters in the sixth and retired just one before being replaced.

Bauer retires 12th straight

Down goes another personal mark for Frazier: Todd Frazier set a single-season best with his 36th home run in Monday's big victory. And his two-run single in the sixth on Tuesday gave him 90 RBIs and a new single-season high in that category. Frazier came through with runners in scoring position, despite hitting .159 in that area entering the night.

Frazier's two-run single

Going deep: Guyer stroked a solo homer to left field in the top of the second for a 1-1 tie. It was Guyer's ninth homer of the season to establish a new career high. It was just his second road homer this season. Guyer left the game in the seventh after being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning.

Guyer hit on foot, exits in 7th

"They have a lefty going tomorrow, so I wanted him to take a couple of innings and put ice on it so he could play tomorrow," manager Terry Francona said.

"He commands so well and he can locate down and he can cut it in. We know him because he's in our division, but he's one of the best pitchers in the game." -- Francona, on Quintana.

"'Who Let The Dogs Out?' That song was stuck in my head. I feel like half the dogs out there were singing it for some odd reason. They were a little noisy but it's kind of fun." -- Eaton, on the special canine guests at the ballpark.

White Sox starters are 6-2 with a 2.42 ERA over the last 11 home games (10 quality starts). They have amassed 83 strikeouts over 78 1/3 innings.

Indians: Right-hander Josh Tomlin (11-8, 4.85 ERA) returns as a starter on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. ET after being yanked from the rotation two weeks ago. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his last start, Aug. 30 against Minnesota, the shortest start of his career.

White Sox: Carlos Rodon makes his 25th start of the season and third against Cleveland on Wednesday night with a first pitch of 7:10 p.m. CT. Rodon is 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in his last seven starts, with a 1.08 WHIP and .227 average against. This five-game winning streak stands as a career-high..

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

John Jackson is a contributor to based in Chicago and covered the Indians on Tuesday.

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