CHICAGO (AP) — Slumping José Ramírez connected for a go-ahead, two-run homer off Lance Lynn in the sixth inning and the Cleveland Indians bounced back from being no-hit, beating the Chicago White Sox 4-2 Thursday.
After Carlos Rodón just missed a perfect game in pitching a no-hitter Wednesday night, there was a different kind of tension this time as the benches emptied in the bottom of the first.
Adam Eaton singled and tried to advance when Indians right fielder Josh Naylor threw to third, hoping to get lead runner Tim Anderson. Eaton arrived ahead of the throw back to second, but was called out when his hand came off the bag while shortstop Andrés Giménez stood his ground and held the tag.
Eaton grabbed Giménez’s leg, began barking and then pushed Giménez in the chest with two hands. Indians starter Aaron Civale plunked Eaton with a pitch in the upper arm in the third.
Eaton said he had stopped at second and that Giménez lifted arm off the bag. Eaton complained to second base umpire Bill Miller to no avail.
“I let the emotions get the best of me,” Eaton said. “Any time you get pushed off the bag and you’re safe, it’s a little frustrating.”
Lynn was nursing a 1-0 lead when Ramírez launched a full-count pitch with two outs deep to right for his third home run. Giménez led off the inning with a ground-rule double before Ramirez ended his 0-for-19 skid.
Manager Terry Francona was happy to see his team finally break through offensively and earn a split in the four-game series.
“We were kind of at a point where we’ll take anything.” Francona said. “They ran some really good pitching at us. And we had to scratch for everything we got and it was enough today.”
Ramírez was ready this time against Lynn, who throws a variety of fastballs that cut and…