Indians split series with White Sox

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The Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox in the final game of the series by a score of 5-0 in five innings.

It was a rain shortened affair but the Cleveland Indians came out on top. Due to rain the game only went five innings and was called after a 2:34 rain delay. Cleveland managed to pull ahead just in time so they could come away with a win before the rainstorm came.

Carlos Carrasco had a much needed shutdown performance. Carrasco pitched five shutout innings and only allowed two hits while striking out six. This is an improvement over his last outing where Carrasco allowed four solo home runs against Seattle.

The offense was led by the surprising performance of Jordan Luplow. Luplow hit two home runs in the contest. Both were solo shots including his first with the Indians. This is an encouraging sign for the Cleveland outfielder who has shown he can hit in the minors but was yet to display that ability in the majors.

Jake Bauers would score twice, once on a wild pitch in the second inning and again when Francisco Lindor doubled in the fifth. Bauers went 1-1 with two walks. Lindor would go 1-3, his only hit being the double in the fifth.

Roberto Perez also contributed to the Indians scoring effort, driving in Carlos Gonzalez in the fifth inning. Perez went 2-2 with a walk on the day while Gonzalez went 1-3.

The only two Indians without hits were Jason Kipnis and Tyler Naquin. Kipnis went 0-3 with a walk and Naquin went 0-1, also with a walk. Naquin also did lay down a sacrifice bunt to advance runners in the fourth inning but none would score.

Cleveland now heads out on the road to take on the Oakland Athletics for a three game series.

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