Homers help Cleveland beat Chicago 5-0
Monday, May 3, 2021

(CHICAGO) - 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 limited 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, who had won seven of nine. Ramirez hit a two-run shot 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 pop up 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 in 5 1/3 innings. He had given up 12 runs (11 earned) in his last 7 2/3 innings. 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.