Ramirez, Tribe walk off in 10th to sweep White Sox
Jose Ramirez could not escape the mob of teammates that swarmed him behind the mound at Progressive Field. The on-field celebration came after the Indians utility man delivered a walk-off single with the bases loaded, giving the Tribe a 3-2 win in 10 innings over the White Sox on Sunday at Progressive Field.
The win completed a three-game sweep of Chicago by the American League-Central leading Indians, who claimed a pair of walk-off victories in the weekend set. Rajai Davis opened the 10th with a double and scored the winning run when Ramirez pulled a pitch from White Sox closer David Robertson into right field with two outs.
"It's nice to be the home team," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That was a pretty good game played well by both teams."
"We can't get any good luck to go our way," Robertson said. "I sure didn't help myself out by falling behind to Rajai [at 2-0]. That's a costly double to give up."
Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco and White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon each turned in solid efforts, but neither figured into the decision.
Carrasco logged 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. The righty gave up an RBI double to Jose Abreu in the first inning and yielded a solo homer to Melky Cabrera in the fourth. Carrasco struck out six and walked four.
Rodon limited the Tribe to two runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings, in which he struck out eight and walked one. Rodon relinquished a sacrifice fly to Mike Napoli in the first inning and a solo home run to Juan Uribe in the fourth.
"Fastball is coming, [it] had some life," Rodon said. "[I] decided to get ahead of guys early on, [I] was falling behind. [I was] a little frustrated, then we found the fastball."
Following Carrasco's exit, setup man Bryan Shaw retired the only two batters he faced in the eighth to strand a runner. In the ninth, Indians closer Cody Allen struck out the side, helping set the stage for the walk-off win.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Another Juan: After missing a handful of games with a minor groin injury, Uribe returned with a three-hit showing on Saturday. Cleveland's third baseman continued his hot hitting on Sunday with a two-out, game-tying solo home run in the fourth. It was Uribe's second long ball in as many games and his fourth on the season.
Lawrie's save: White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie almost single-handedly sent this game into extra innings with his defensive heroics in the ninth. Uribe just missed the Indians' second walk-off homer in three days against Nate Jones and was perched on second whenMichael Martinez ripped a two-out shot between first and second toward right. Lawrie, who robbed Jason Kipnis of a hit leading off the eighth, dove to his left and got up to make the throw to first and get Martinez by a few steps.
"The play Lawrie made," Francona said, "that's a hit. I was thinking he maybe he hit it too sharply where [right fielder Adam] Eaton would have a play at the plate. He ended up catching it. But, we kept putting pressure."
"We tried everything," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Melky had some nice throws, TA [Tim Anderson] had some nice plays. It's always tough any time you think you're going to get out of it. It's a tough one to lose." More >
Speed rally: Davis used his legs to help the Tribe manufacture its first run. In the opening inning, the Indians outfielder singled to right, moved to second on a bunt hit by Kipnis, stole third and then crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly from Napoli. Davis ended the day 4-for-5 with two stolen bases, giving him an AL-high 20 thefts this year.
"He's probably a better basestealer than I realized," Francona said. "We all see his speed, but it seems to me that he's not getting very many stolen bases when there's some indifference. These are stolen bases where [the team knows it's coming]." More >
Playing through pain: Cabrera tweaked his right wrist diving for a Tyler Naquin first-inning line drive to left field in Saturday's loss. He was taken out of the game in the fourth and was listed as day to day, but was back in Sunday's starting lineup. Cabrera homered to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead in the fourth and finished 1-for-4. He also threw out Francisco Lindorat third for the second out in the eighth on Napoli's single to left.
QUOTABLE "It was good, the way we played this weekend. We have to continue to do that. That's more important. I think right now we are playing good and we feel good about it. Especially today. It was great game." --Carrasco, on sweeping Chicago
"Lindor and Kipnis were hitting me really hard. This year, I have to continue winning games like I am. And I'll keep giving it hard to them just like they're giving it to me." -- Ramirez, on being mobbed by his teammates
"Everybody is still getting along. Nobody is mad at each other. How many games have we played now? 70? Nobody is at each other's throat, so it's great. It's a good group of guys. We're playing hard. We just need things to turn our way." -- Robertson, on the White Sox 10-26 slide, with a 3-11-1 record over their last 15 series played
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Davis stole third base twice on Sunday against Rodon and White Sox catcher Alex Avila. That marked the first time that an Indians player stole third twice in a game since July 9, 2004, when Omar Vizquel accomplished the feat against the A's.
ROOKIE ON A ROLL Anderson produced his fourth career multi-hit game and has hit in seven of the 10 he has played at the big league level. Anderson is 9-for-30 over his last six games.
WHAT'S NEXT White Sox:Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.74 ERA) makes his 10th appearance (ninth start) for the White Sox as they open a four-game set Monday at Fenway Park at 6:10 p.m.CT. Gonzalez is 1-2 with a 4.89 ERA in eight starts.
Indians: Right-hander Josh Tomlin (8-1, 3.27 ERA) will take the mound for the Tribe at home in the series opener against Tampa Bay at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday. Tomlin has made three starts in June. He has allowed four runs over 19 2/3 innings this month.