CHICAGO (AP) -- Michael Bourn and the Cleveland Indians are feeling pretty good heading into a big series with Kansas City.
Bourn had two triples among his three hits, leading Carlos Carrasco
and the Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday
Cleveland took two of three from scuffling Chicago and has won 11 of
16 overall. It begins a three-game series at the AL Central-leading
Royals on Friday night.
"The thing is, try not to look too far ahead," Bourn said. "That's
the biggest key -- don't focus on what everybody else is doing every
day. All we can control is what's in (the clubhouse), then go play."
The Indians trail the Royals by 5 1/2 games, with Detroit in second
place. But the Indians have six games left against Kansas City and seven
"We're going to fly the same flight," manager Terry Francona said.
"We're going to eat the same food. I mean, it's exciting. Shoot, (the
Royals) are playing great, so we don't need to get ahead of ourselves."
Carrasco pitched into the seventh inning for Cleveland, and Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley each singled in a run.
Alexei Ramirez had two hits for the White Sox, and John Danks (9-9) pitched six solid innings.
Carrasco (6-4) improved to 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in four starts since
he returned to the rotation. The right-hander also began the year as a
starter, but then lost three of his first four outings.
He struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings while holding the White Sox to one run and four hits.
"You know, that's what I've been doing the last few games -- attack
the hitters," Carrasco said. "I just need to do my job and keep the team
Cleveland grabbed the lead for good in the sixth. Jose Ramirez led
off with a single and stole second. Then he advanced to third on a
groundout and scored on Kipnis' base hit, giving the Indians a 2-1
Brantley added an RBI single in the seventh.
Danks allowed two runs and five hits while falling to 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in five August starts.
Chicago closed to 3-2 on Adam Dunn's RBI single in the eighth against
Cody Allen, who struck out the next four batters for his 18th save in
"He's pretty good," Francona said when asked about the closer's
dominant performance. "You may need to get cable or something to watch
White Sox rookie Jose Abreu hit a run-scoring single in the third,
tying it at 1. It ran his total for the season to 97 RBIs, tied with
Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the major league lead.
Cleveland jumped in front when Bourn tripled on the first pitch of the game and scored on Jose Ramirez's grounder.
The Indians threatened to take a 3-0 lead in the second, but
Alejandro De Aza made a leaping catch above the left-field fence to rob
Zach Walters of a two-run homer.
LIKE OLD TIMES
Francona said he keeps track of the Chicago Cubs when possible.
Francona and Cubs executive Theo Epstein were part of two World Series
titles with the Red Sox.
"I know they have a lot of young kids coming and they're pretty
excited about it," said Francona, who has exchanged voice mails and text
messages with Epstein in recent months. "I'm not surprised. To anybody
who ever asked me about Theo when he came to Chicago, the two things
I've said were, he won't get outworked and he's too smart not to figure
SAFE AT HOME
Kipnis hit safely for the 25th time in 27 career games at U.S.
Cellular Field. The Chicago-area native also escaped serious injury when
White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie's heel inadvertently clipped
him in the face.
Indians: C Yan Gomes is on pace to return from the seven-day
concussion list before the series opener in Kansas City on Friday. As a
precautionary measure, Gomes will take part in the pregame workout
before the roster move is completed. ... 1B Nick Swisher is expected to
spend most if not all of September in Los Angeles, where he is
recuperating from recent surgeries on both knees.
White Sox: OF Moises Sierra continues to work his way back from a
strained left oblique. He was 4 for 12 in the first three games of his
rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.
White Sox: In a matchup of right-handers, Scott Carroll (5-8, 5.05
ERA) will oppose the Tigers' Justin Verlander (11-11, 4.82 ERA) on
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (4-6, 4.52 ERA) will take the mound
against Royals LHP Jason Vargas (10-6, 3.17 ERA) in the opener of the
three-game set on Friday