CHICAGO — All-Star Andres Gimenez homered, Josh Naylor drove in three runs, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 on Friday night.
The Guardians picked up their fourth straight win, beating White Sox starter Lucas Giolito in Game 1 of a four-game series between two of the top three teams in tight AL Central.
Gimenez, who started a neat double play at second base with a back throw in his first All-Star appearance, made it 4-0 on the first when he fielded a two-run homer on the right . The Guardians scored two more in the second to go up 6-0.
Naylor had an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the sixth. Steven Kwan added three hits and scored twice.
Jose Ramirez, who had two hits in the American League All-Star win, doubled and scored in the first. He also drove a run with a groundout in the second.
Cal Quantrill (7-5) earned his third straight start and beat the White Sox for the second time in 12 days. The right-hander went five innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked one while throwing 97 pitches.
The third-placed White Sox burst into the All-Star break with three of four wins at division-leading Minnesota. But with Giolito (6-6) struggling, they never really had a chance in this one.
The right-hander lasted just three innings, allowing six runs and nine hits. His ERA went from 4.69 to 5.12.
Jose Abreu scored an RBI double on a two-run third and extended his scoring streak to 24 games.
Guardians: The Guardians are expecting RHP Aaron Civale to join them in August after doctors confirmed he had a sprained ligament and inflammation in his wrist. Civale was examined this week by Drs. Thomas Graham and Jason Genin. The team said he was responding well to an anti-inflammatory injection and is expected to start throwing again this week. Cleveland will have a better idea of his return date during his rehab program.
White Sox: The White Sox have placed CF Luis Robert on the 10-day injured list due to blurred vision.
General Manager Rick Hahn said the team is “cautious optimism” the slugger and Gold Glove winner will be ready to return when the White Sox open a three-game series against Oakland on July 29. … The White Sox reinstated C Yasmani Grandal (lower back spasms) from IL. … Hahn said LHP Aaron Bummer (outstretched left lat) is playing catch but hasn’t started throwing off the mound. Bummer has not pitched since June 7. … The White Sox got a scare in the third inning when DH Eloy Jimenez was hit in the hand by a pitch. He was clearly in pain, but stayed in the game.
The teams play a split double-header, with the Guardians going with RHP Triston McKenzie (7-6, 3.20 ERA) in Game 1 and LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-2, 4.24) in the final drink. The White Sox counter with RHP Johnny Cueto (4-4, 2.80) and RHP Lance Lynn (1-3, 7.50).