Dylan Covey helps White Sox beat sloppy Indians 6-1
Dylan Covey pitched six effective innings for his first win since August, and the Chicago White Sox beat the sloppy Cleveland Indians 6-1 Friday for their season-high fifth straight win.
Charlie Tilson hit a two-run double to get Chicago's offense rolling. Tilson, Yoán Moncada, Yonder Alonso and Yolmer Sánchez each had two hits.
The win moved the White Sox into a second-place tie in the AL Central with Cleveland.
The Indians committed four errors. Four of Chicago's six runs against slumping Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer were unearned.
Covey (1-4) settled down after allowing a leadoff homer to Francisco Lindor. The right-hander scattered eight hits and ended a personal six-game losing streak.
Josh Osich and Juan Minaya followed with three innings of one-hit relief.
Bauer (4-5) allowed nine hits and struck out eight in seven innings, but shaky fielding doomed the right-hander. An All-Star in 2018, Bauer dropped to 0-4 in six May starts with a 5.75 ERA.
Covey, by contrast, was helped by crisp defense.
Eloy Jiménez made a leaping catch of Mike Freeman's fly on the left-field warning track to lead off the third. José Abreu speared Greg Allen's liner near first and then dove back and caught Jake Bauers off the bag for an unassisted double play in the fourth.
Lindor's drive to right-center was the 15th leadoff homer of his career.
Tilson's ground-rule double with two outs in the third bounced just inside the left-field line and into the stands, giving Chicago a 2-1 lead.
The White Sox added three runs, including two unearned, in the fourth.
Bauer struck out Moncada with the bases loaded and none out. Abreu followed with a drive to the warning track in straightaway center for a sacrifice fly.
Alonso's grounder to the right side should have been the third out, but it glanced off Carlos Santana's glove for an error that allowed two more runs to score.
Chicago tacked on another unearned run in the sixth, set up when Tim Anderson reached on Freeman's throwing error.
White Sox catcher Seby Zavala's bloop to right in the fourth fell in for his first major league hit. Zavala was recalled from Triple-A last Saturday after Welington Castillo went on the injured list with concussion symptoms.
Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (strained upper back muscle) is expected to throw a simulated game at the Indians' training facility in Arizona on Saturday. ... OF Tyler Naquin (left calf strain) is continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus and expected to play on Saturday at Durham. ... Manager Terry Francona said OF Bradley Zimmer (right shoulder surgery in July 2018), played at Goodyear on Friday and will be re-evaluated on Saturday. The 26-year-old Zimmer could be ready to move to Triple-A in the next phase of his rehab.
White Sox: Castillo (concussion symptoms) is eligible to return on Saturday, and manager Rick Renteria said he would be re-evaluated on Friday. Castillo took a foul ball off his helmet last Friday in Minnesota.
Indians right-hander Jefry Rodríguez (1-5, 4.99 ERA) faces White Sox right-hander Iván Nova (3-4, 6.52 ERA) on Saturday afternoon. Rodríguez has been hit hard in losing his last three starts, allowing 14 earned runs over 15 innings for an 8.40 ERA over the span. Nova allowed one run in five innings in a no-decision in his previous start.
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