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Jos Ramrez’s two-run Homer and a good start by reliever Cal Quantrill led Cleveland to a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday, giving the Indians their second straight divide of seven-inning doubleheaders in two days.

Ramrez connected for his 13th Homer in the third inning off Jimmy Lambert (0-1) to break a 1-1 tie as the Indians, who rallied to win Game 2 on Sunday against Toronto, got back the game they dropped earlier to the AL Central-leading White Sox.


From the opener, Adam Eatons two-run Homer and Jos Abreus sacrifice fly in the eighth inning sent the White Sox to an 8-6 win. Indians starter Triston McKenzie struck out a club-record eight straight hitters, two short of the major league record set by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver in 1970.

Quantrill made his first start in 2021 after 17 relief appearances and held the White Sox to one run and four hits over 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander didn’t pitch long enough to be credited with the win, but he maintained Chicago in check while the Indians figured out Lambert, who was making his first career start.

In the next, Amed Rosario beat out a single to short right with one out, taking second when White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal’s throw nearly went into the Chicago dugout.

Subsequently, Ramme, who seems to come up with a huge hit every other day, belted a 3-1 changeup from Lambert over the wall in right.

Phil Maton (1-0) gave up a leadoff double in the sixth before hitting out Abreu and Eaton. Emmanuel Clase allowed a single and struck out the side in the seventh for his ninth save.

Eaton returned to the lineup in Game after missing a couple of with a tight hamstring. After Abreu battled James Karinchak (2-2) and hit a liner to left to score Billy Hamilton, Eaton connected for his fifth Homer.

But it was Abreu, the reigning AL MVP who made it possible with a quality at-bat. He fouled off a 3-2 pitch from Karinchak before delivering.

“That at-bat by Abreu, it would be tied for first for one of the best Ive seen against a pitcher of that caliber in that sort of situation, ” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “I’ll never forget our fans will never forget it.

“You drive in runs, it’s one thing. It’s really a skill. However, you come in and produce in a situation like that, that goes to the next level. “

Chicago starter Carlos Rodón shook off letting back-to-back homers in the first inning and hung around for six. He pitched a no-hitter — one of six in the majors this season — against the Indians on April 14.

Codi Heuer (4-1) pitched the seventh and Aaron Bummer gave up one run in the eighth before getting his first save.

McKenzie set a club record for consecutive strikeouts and César Hernández homered twice but also had two errors for the Indians.

After giving up four runs in the second, McKenzie was nearly unhittable.

The right-hander, recently sent down to the minors to work on his hands, struck out Abreu to finish the third and fanned the side in the fifth and fourth to tie the team ‘s previous consecutive strikeout record held by Corey Kluber (2014).

McKenzie broke it by striking out Jake Lamb to open the sixth before giving up a single to Yoán Moncada and being hauled. The 23-year-old was given a roaring ovation as he walked to the Indians’ dugout after his strong devotion.

“All but the one inning, I thought he was really great, ” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He missed some bats. He threw a great curveball. He attacked with a fastball and got it by their barrel for the most part. “



His run of eight consecutive strikeouts was the most by an AL starting pitcher because Detroit’s Doug Fister fanned nine straight on Sept. 27, 2012.

Tigers right-hander Tyler Alexander set the major league record for relievers last season when he struck out nine Cincinnati hitters in series.


Francona had never handled a seven-inning doubleheader, so he was largely indifferent when asked if he would like to see them last. Baseball switched from the nine-inning doubleheader format to seven innings last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Its amazing what a significant difference two innings is, ” he said.


White Sox: RHP Michael Kopech went to the 10-day injured list prior to the opener with a strained left hamstring. Kopech is 2-0 with a 1.78 ERA in three starts and 13 games.


Indians ace Shane Bieber (5-3) allowed just one hit and struck out 12 in his previous start. He’ll confront Chicago’s Dylan Cease (3-1).

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