Ramirez's 10th inning single gives Indians 3-2 win
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The home-field advantage worked to perfection for the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Jose Ramirez's two-out single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning skipped past first baseman Jose Abreu to score the winning run as the Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 3-2 victory.
Indians manager Terry Francona jokingly gave credit to another source for the ball bouncing past Abreu and into right field.
"Maybe to our grounds crew for putting that hop in there, too, an assist from them," he said. "We talk about it a lot, when you're at home, just like when you are on the road, if something goes wrong, it's nice to be the home team."
Ramirez's hit off David Robertson (0-1) gave Cleveland its second last at-bat win of the series. Cleveland won Friday night's game when Carlos Santana hit a leadoff homer in the ninth off Nate Jones.
The Indians, who lead the AL Central, are 7-2 against the White Sox, including six straight wins.
Davis, who was 4 for 5, doubled to start the 10th. Following Jason Kipnis' sacrifice, Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli were walked intentionally to load the bases.
After Santana fouled out, Ramirez came through with his winning hit.
"Rajai had a great day and that bad hop doesn't really matter if you don't have anybody on base," Francona said.
Ramirez found himself on the bottom of a pile of teammates in the middle of the infield after his clutch hit.
"Lindor and Kipnis were hitting me really hard," Ramirez said through a translator. "This year I have to continue winning games like I am, and I'll keep giving it hard to them just like they're giving it to me."
The White Sox trail the Indians by 5 1/2 games in the division. Chicago is 10-26 since starting the season with a 23-10 record.
"We were trying everything," said manager Robin Ventura, who went with a five-man infield on Santana's foul out in the 10th. "It's a tough one to lose."
Dan Otero (2-0) struck out Abreu with a runner on first to end the 10th.
Chicago second baseman Brett Lawrie kept the game tied with an outstanding defensive play to end the ninth. Juan Uribe doubled off Nate Jones with one out. After Yan Gomes struck out, Lawrie made a diving stop of Michael Martinez's hard-hit grounder and threw to first for the out.
Carlos Carrasco, making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings for the Indians.
Chicago's Carlos Rodon allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Melky Cabrera, who left Saturday's game with a sore right wrist, lined a solo homer into the right-field seats to put the White Sox up 2-1 in the fourth.
Uribe, homering for the second straight day, tied it in the bottom of the inning with a shot into the left-field bleachers.
Abreu's first-inning double put Chicago ahead, but Napoli tied the game with a sacrifice fly.
Davis stole two bases and leads the AL with 20 steals.
WORKING HIS WAY BACK
Carrasco, who missed six weeks with his injury, threw 100 pitches and was pulled after Adam Eaton's one-out double in the eighth.
"He's getting his legs under him, he's getting more confident as he gets some games under his belt," Francona said.
White Sox: Cabrera was removed in the fourth inning Saturday after attempting a diving catch. X-rays on the wrist were negative.
White Sox: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-2) starts the opener of a four-game series Monday in Boston. He'll be making his eighth start of the season.
Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin goes for his ninth win of the season in the opener of a three-game series against Tampa Bay. He's 8-1 in 12 starts. Tomlin is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in five career starts against the Rays.