CHICAGO — James Shields won for the first time since opening day and Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez homered to lead off a three-run first inning Tuesday as the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1.
Cleveland starting pitcher Adam Plutko rests on the dugout rail after being pulled in the fifth inning.
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Shields (2-7) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings after going 12 starts and 13 appearances without a win. The veteran right-hander struck out two and did not walk a batter in his first victory since the opener at Kansas City.
Moncada and Sanchez connected on consecutive pitches from Adam Plutko. Matt Davidson drove RBI doubles off the center-field wall in the first and a two-run fifth, and the White Sox beat the AL Central leaders after losing their first four meetings this season.
Recalled from Triple-A Columbus, Plutko (3-1) got tagged for five runs and eight hits in 4⅔ innings. The 26-year-old right-hander won his first three major league starts this season before this one.
The Indians got a sacrifice fly from Jose Ramirez in the sixth and had runners on first and third with one out in the ninth, but came up short after winning five of six.
Xavier Cedeno struck out Jason Kipnis before Joakim Soria retired Yan Gomes on a fly to the center-field warning track for his ninth save in 11 chances.
ROSTER MOVE: The Indians optioned catcher and outfielder Francisco Mejia back to Triple-A Columbus a day after recalling him, because catcher Roberto Perez did not need to go on the disabled list. Perez was hit by a pitch in the right wrist against Detroit on Sunday.
UP NEXT: Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer (5-4, 2.62 ERA) hopes to continue his mastery against the White Sox, while Dylan Covey (2-1, 2.22) tries to build on another strong outing.
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