Guardians vs White Sox – Game Recap – July 24, 2022

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CHICAGO – – Dylan Cease pitched six innings in his third straight scoreless start, Leury Garcia and AJ Pollock homered, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Guardians 6-3 on Sunday to save a division of four games.

Eloy Jiménez went deep in his second game in a row, helping the White Sox end a streak that was shaping up to be bad for them on a stronger note.

Defending champions AL Central won Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader after taking a 3-0 lead. They pounced on Shane Bieber (4-6) in this one and finished a 19-game streak against divisional opponents at 10-9.

Chicago scored five runs in second on Garcia’s two-run homer and Pollock’s three-run shot. Jiménez made it 6-0 when he connected in the lead in the sixth.

It was a lot for Cease (10-4), who earned his third straight start.

The right-hander allowed seven hits and struck out four. He walked one and threw two crazy pitches, having beaten Cleveland and Minnesota before the All-Star break. Cease is 6-1 with a tiny 0.57 ERA in his last eight starts.

Cleveland lost its second straight after winning five games in a row.

Bieber was scored for six runs and eight hits in six innings. The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner threw a three-hitter in a 4-1 win over the White Sox in his previous start on July 12.

Franmil Reyes hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and Steven Kwan added a solo drive in the ninth against Liam Hendriks.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: 2B Josh Harrison was scratched from the roster because he felt a pulling sensation in his right leg during his last at bat on Saturday. Garcia started in his place. … Jiménez said the discomfort in his right hamstring “is going to be there for a while.” Jiménez missed 65 games after tearing his right hamstring on April 23 at Minnesota. He missed the Twins’ four-game streak before the All-Star break because of tightness…. Manager Tony La Russa said the White Sox were “very careful” with LHP Aaron Bummer (stretched left ), who played catch but did not throw from the mound. Bummer hasn’t pitched since June 7.

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Goalies: RHP Zach Plesac (2-7, 4.02 ERA) gets the ball back as Cleveland opens a four-game series at Boston. Despite being 0-3 in his last seven starts, Plesac’s ERA is 3.03 over that span. RHP Nick Pivetta (8-7, 4.50) starts for the Red Sox.

White Sox: RHP Michael Kopech (3-6, 3.36) is looking to earn his second straight start when the White Sox open a two-game series at Colorado on Tuesday. Kopech played five innings at Minnesota on July 15. The Rockies had not announced a starter.

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