The Indians beat the White Sox on Saturday night, 3-1, at Guaranteed Rate Field, but they placed their power-hitting DH on the disabled list after an MRI revealed swelling in his left biceps and one of their three Cy Young candidates was knocked out of the game after getting hit by a line drive.
Edwin Encarnacion, whose 81 RBI rank second on the team, injured his left biceps on Friday night and was sent back to Cleveland for tests. Manager Terry Francona said after Saturday's game that Encarnacion has been placed on the 10-day DL and Yandy Diaz has been recalled from Class AAA Columbus. Trevor Bauer was hit by a Jose Abreu line drive just above the right ankle and had to leave the game.
While reporters were waiting outside the Indians' clubhouse after the game, Bauer walked out with James Quinlan, head athletic trainer, got into a golf cart and went to get precautionary X-rays.
"He should be all right," said Francona.
Bauer unleashed a 94 mph fastball to Abreu for his first pitch of the seventh. It came right back at him at 93.2 mph.
The win went to Bauer (12-6, 2.22) and he deserved it. He struck out eight and allowed one run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings. But he allowed a full-count homer to Yoan Moncada in the third and for a while that's how the score stayed. After the Indians were shut out 1-0 Friday, it was not an encouraging sign.
But help arrived from an unexpected source.
Catcher Roberto Perez singled with two out in the fifth against James Shields (4-14, 4.41). Then he knocked the baseball world on its ear by stealing the first base of his career. He continued to third on catcher Omar Narvaez's throwing error.
Rookie Greg Allen followed with single to center to tie the score, 1-1.
The Indians made it a 3-1 game in much more familiar fashion. Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez started the sixth inning with consecutive homers off Shields. It was Brantley's 13th homer and Ramirez's 34th.
As productive as Brantley and Ramirez have been, they have not been heard from for a while in terms of the long ball. It was Brantley's first homer July 15, just before the All-Star break. It was Ramirez's first homer since Aug. 5.
Brad Hand relieved Bauer, but walked the first two batters he faced before finding his groove. He ended the inning by striking out Narvaez and Tim Anderson. Then he retired the side in order in the eighth.
Bauer improved to 2-1 against the White Sox this year and 8-3 in his career. Shields is 4-8 in his career against the Tribe.
The Indians missed a chance to put the game away in the eighth when they loaded the bases with one out as Brantley and Ramirez singled and Melky Cabrera was hit by a pitch. It looked like Cabrera had a target on his back because Shields threw behind him earlier in the game.
The White Sox escaped as Jason Kipnis and Brandon Guyer were retired.
Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 22nd save, but it was not without drama. He gave up a leadoff single to Yolmer Sanchez, got Abreu on a pop up behind the plate, but Daniel Palka — who ended Friday's game with a walk-off homer in the ninth — sent a screamer to the fence in center that Greg Allen tracked down.
Cody Allen ended it by striking out Avisail Garcia for his first save since July 31st.
Bauer threw 102 pitches, 65 (64 percent) for strikes. Shields threw 94 pitches, 59 (63 percent) for strikes.
Thanks for coming
The Indians and White Sox drew 28,061 to Guaranteed Rate Field. First pitch was at 7:10 p.m. with a temperature of 81 degrees.
Carlos Carrasco (13-6, 3.69) will face White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey (4-8, 5.58) on Sunday to end this three-game series. Game time is 2:10 p.m. with SportsTime Ohio and WLKR/FM 95.3 carrying the game.