Ramirez Has Big Night; Indians Move Closer To Central Title

STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, and the Cleveland Indians moved a step closer to the AL Central title with a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

The Indians dropped their magic number to three games for their first division title since 2007.

Trevor Bauer (12-8) overcame two-run homers by Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia. The right-hander allowed four runs in 7 2/3 innings.

Mike Napoli drove in two runs and became the first Cleveland player to reach 100 RBIs in nine years.

White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton left after appearing to hit his head and left shoulder running into the wall catching Roberto Perez’s long drive in the sixth.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the fourth and had a two-run double in the sixth when Cleveland scored four times.

Coco Crisp was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and hit a two-run double in the fifth to lead 6-4. Carlos Santana had three hits and is 10 for 16 in his last four games.

Chicago has lost six in a row and was eliminated from the AL wild-card race.

Chicago went ahead in the first on Cabrera’s home run. Ramirez’s homer tied the game, but Garcia’s two-run blast put back Chicago on top.

Cleveland took advantage of three hits, a hit batter and an error by third baseman Todd Frazier in the fifth against Miguel Gonzalez (4-8).

Santana led off with a double and Jason Kipnis was hit by a pitch. Following a wild pitch, Francisco Lindor hit a sacrifice fly and Napoli’s single tied the game.

Juan Minaya replaced Gonzalez, and Frazier booted Ramirez’s ground ball, moving Napoli to second. Crisp then delivered with two outs.

Napoli, who entered in an 0-for-20 slump, had three hits and added an RBI single in the sixth.

Gonzalez allowed five runs — four earned — in 4 1/3 innings.


White Sox: 2B Tyler Saladino (back discomfort) was scratched from the lineup and replaced by Carlos Sanchez.

Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (strained forearm) played catch Friday, but it’s unclear when he’ll throw a bullpen session.


White Sox: LHP Jose Quintana, who starts Saturday, needs four innings to record his fourth straight season of 200 innings pitched.

Indians: RHP Cody Anderson, forced into the rotation by injuries, will make his first start since June 7.


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