CHICAGO — Cleveland Indians starter Zach McAllister was able to wiggle through some early wildness against the Chicago White Sox with minimal damage. It was a big blow in the fifth off the bat of Alex Rios that was McAallister's ultimate unraveling.
Rios hit a two-run homer and Jeff Keppinger had two hits and drove in a run for the White Sox in a 3-2 win over the Indians today.
"He had to dodge some traffic, especially early," Indians manager Terry Francona said of McAllister. "But because of the use of his fastball, he keeps guys off the scoreboard. ... He kept competing and he kept them off the board."
McAllister gave up five hits, three earned runs, and walked five while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. The Indians' bullpen was even better, extending its scoreless streak to 19 consecutive innings.
Unfortunately for the Indians, White Sox starter Jose Quintana was just a hair better. Quintana breezed through three perfect innings, and then worked out of a jam in the fourth after the Indians loaded the bases.
Michael Brantley reached on a leadoff single and moved to third on Mark Reynolds' one-out double to the right-field corner. Nick Swisher walked to load the bases, but Ryan Raburn grounded into an inning-ending double play.
"[Quintana] just made pitches when he had to," Raburn said. "We battled and battled and put guys on and we just didn't get that one hit to put us over the top.
"He pitched well, we can't take nothing from him. We just didn't quite get the job done."
Quintana (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits in five-plus innings to help the White Sox earn a split of the rain-shortened series.
"I'm happy about the victory, that's the most important thing. We needed to get that win in there and it's a start," Quintana said through a translator. "I feel like I'm learning still but I feel like I'm a big part of this and a big part of this. I just have to keep making the necessary adjustments."