Erik Johnson gave up three home runs, including one to Juan Uribe, and the Cleveland Indians gained a split of a doubleheader with a 5-1 victory Monday night over the White Sox before 18,323 fans at U.S. Cellular Field.
Cody Anderson (1-3), who entered with a 7.99 ERA but is 3-0 lifetime with a 1.83 ERA against the Sox, featured a good changeup and struck out nine and walked none while allowing one run on five hits over seven innings for the Indians (23-20). Johnson (0-2, 6.94), called up from AAA Charlotte to make the start and sent back down after the game, struck out five and walked three while allowing six hits.
The doubleheader included a makeup game from a postponed game during the first week of the season.
Jose Ramirez homered in the second, Rajai Davis went deep on a 3-0 pitch with a runner on in the fifth and Uribe, who played on the Sox’ 2005 World Series champion, homered in the seventh.
“However many hits I gave up, (three) of them left the yard,” Johnson said. “Certain situations like the 3-0 to Rajai, where you have an open base, you have to be smarter than that than to throw one right over the plate.“Just a few pitches I wish I had back. For the most part, I’m thankful for another opportunity to help this team out as best I can. If those opportunities keep coming, I’m more than happy to keep rolling out there.”The Sox (27-19) got a run on Melky Cabrera’s RBI single that scored Todd Frazier in the third.
Lawrie perks up
Brett Lawrie broke out of a 2-for-23 slump with a tiebreaking three-run homer against Mike Clevinger and reached base five times in the Sox’ 7-6 victory in Game 1. The homer was Lawrie’s first of his six at U.S. Cellular Field.
Lawrie also singled, stole a base and scored a run, and he matched a career high with three walks to hike his walk total to 22, only six less than he drew all of last season with the Oakland Athletics.
The Sox extended the lead to 7-3 when Austin Adams walked Austin Jackson with the bases loaded in the seventh. But their bullpen gave up three in the eighth — Matt Albers allowed his fourth homer since May 5, this one by Jose Ramirez.
David Robertson gave up a leadoff walk in the ninth but struck out Marlon Byrd and Michael Martinez before retiring Carlos Santana on a ground ball with the tying run on second for his 12th save.
Smokin’ Todd Frazier
Frazier’s home run in the first inning of Game 1 was his American League leading 14th. He also singled and walked twice in the opener, singled and doubled in his first two at-bats of Game 2 and is batting .351 with seven homers and 16 RBI in his last 14 games.
Latos, for the win
After four straight starts without going past 5 1/3 innings, Mat Latos (6-1) recorded his first quality start since April 24. Latos allowed three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four.
Latos said he had “a little bit of everything” going for him. “Fastball, slider, two-seamer and changeup — threw a couple of really good changeups against some key guys,’’ he said.
This and that
Tuesday starter Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58 ERA), who has won 10 consecutive starts dating to his last one of 2015, is 5-6 with a 3.69 ERA lifetime against the Indians.
*Avisail Garcia (1-for-3) was back at designated hitter in Game 2 Monday after not playing in the previous three games.
*Right-hander Tommy Kahnle was recalled from AAA Charlotte as the 26th man for the doubleheader but will stay as the Sox go with 13 pitchers for a while. Infielder Carlos Sanchez (0-for-5) was optioned to Charlotte after the first game.
*The Sox played their 18,000 game in Game 2 after the Indians played their 18,000th game in Game 1.