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Ramirez, Hernandez homer as Indians blank White Sox 5-0

Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada, left, makes a fielding error as teammate Tim Anderson, right, watches the ball during the fourth inning ...
Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez hits a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, May 2, 2021...
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, May...
Chicago White Sox's Luis Robert, bottom, is checked by a team trainer after an injury during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland...
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, M...
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase, right, celebrates with catcher Austin Hedges after the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White S...
Cleveland Indians players celebrate after the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, May 2, 2021. (AP...
Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu reacts after striking out swinging during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Chicago,...
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito, right, talks with Chicago White Sox catcher Zack Collins during the fifth inning of a baseball game ...
Cleveland Indians' Amed Rosario, right, slides safely into third base after hitting a triple as Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada waits for...

Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada, left, makes a fielding error as teammate Tim Anderson, right, watches the ball during the fourth inning ...

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez hits a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, May 2, 2021...

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, May...

Chicago White Sox's Luis Robert, bottom, is checked by a team trainer after an injury during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland...

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, M...

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase, right, celebrates with catcher Austin Hedges after the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White S...

Cleveland Indians players celebrate after the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, May 2, 2021. (AP...

Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu reacts after striking out swinging during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Chicago,...

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito, right, talks with Chicago White Sox catcher Zack Collins during the fifth inning of a baseball game ...

Cleveland Indians' Amed Rosario, right, slides safely into third base after hitting a triple as Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada waits for...

CHICAGO (AP) — José Ramirez and Cesar Hernandez homered, Amed Rosario had three hits and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-0 on Sunday.

Zach Plesac and three relievers combined to limit the White Sox to four hits as Cleveland took two of three in a series between AL Central foes that both made the playoffs last year. The Indians have won five of their last seven.

Andrew Vaughn had two hits for the White Sox, had won seven of nine.

Ramirez hit a two-run shot — his eighth homer of the season — off Codi Heuer in a three-run seventh inning.

Hernandez connected for a solo drive off Lucas Giolito to put the Indians ahead in the third. Giolito has allowed six homers in six starts.

Rosario tripled and scored on third baseman Yoán Moncada’s error when Moncada and shortstop Tim Anderson bumped into each other trying to field a popup in the fourth.

Plesac (2-3) allowed three hits and four walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. He fanned Jake Lamb with the bases loaded in the third after issuing back-to-back walks and hitting José Abreu with a pitch.

Plesac also escaped trouble in the fourth when he struck out Anderson with two on. In two previous starts against Chicago, the right-hander had allowed 12 runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Giolito (1-3) struck out eight and allowed two runs — one earned — in 5 1/3 innings. He had given up 12 runs (11 earned) in his last 7 2/3 innings.

LATE SWITCH

Star rookie Yermín Mercedes was scratched from the White Sox lineup after reporting late. Lamb replaced him at designated hitter. Mercedes entered Sunday second in the majors with a .395 batting average.

“I’m not upset with him,” manager Tony La Russa said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: C Roberto Pérez sat out due a small, nondisplaced fracture in his ring finger. He was injured when he got crossed up by RHP James Karinchak during the team’s last visit to Chicago. Manager Terry Francona said he's hopeful Perez will return Monday. … Regular LF Eddie Rosario started at DH to help rest his legs, Francona said.

White Sox: CF Luis Robert (strained right hip flexor) exited after beating out an infield single in the first inning. X-rays were negative, and he will be evaluated Monday. Adam Eaton replaced Robert as a pinch-runner and moved to right field, while Leury García took over in center. Chicago is already without LF Eloy Jiménez, who is expected to miss five to six months after rupturing his left pectoral tendon trying to make a leaping grab during an exhibition game March 24 against Oakland. OF Adam Engel (strained right hamstring) also is on the injured list. … RHP Dylan Cease will start Tuesday at Cincinnati instead of LHP Carlos Rodón (4-0, 0.72 ERA) to give Rodón extra rest, La Russa said. Rodón, who threw a no-hitter April 14 against Cleveland, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2019.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Aaron Civale (4-0, 2.94 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday to open a four-game series at Kansas City. RHP Jakob Junis (1-1, 3.47) goes for the Royals.

White Sox: After an off day Monday, Cease (1-0, 2.96) is expected to start Tuesday to begin a two-game interleague series at Cincinnati. RHP Jeff Hoffman (2-1, 3.33) will take the mound for the Reds.

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Updated : 2021-05-08 22:43 GMT+08:00