Gallagher gets key hit as Cleveland Guardians beat Chicago White Sox 3-1

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CHICAGO (AP) — Cam Gallagher hit an RBI single during Cleveland's two-run seventh inning, and the Guardians beat Dylan Cease and the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Thursday.

Gabriel Arias homered as Cleveland salvaged the finale of the three-game series. Nick Sandlin (2-1) got four outs for the win, and Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his 15th save.

The Guardians went ahead to stay in the seventh. With one out and runners on second and third, Brayan Rocchio hit a grounder that shortstop Tim Anderson flubbed for an error. Rocchio was credited with his first major league RBI when Will Brennan scampered home to make it 2-1.

Gallagher then drove in Arias with a single to left against Gregory Santos. Cleveland's catchers were 0 for 44 with 26 strikeouts in May before Gallagher’s hit.

Luis Robert Jr. had two hits for Chicago, including a double. Seby Zavala hit an RBI single in the fourth.

Cease (2-3) was charged with three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 0-3 in his last seven starts.

Cleveland rookie Logan Allen allowed seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in his fifth career start. The left-hander struck out five and walked one.

Cease retired 13 of his first 14 hitters. Josh Bell hit a leadoff single in the second for Cleveland, but he was erased on a double play.

Arias drove the first pitch he faced in the fifth into the stands in right-center, tying it at 1 with his second homer.

The Guardians were without All-Star third baseman José Ramírez, who is on the bereavement list. Rocchio was recalled on Tuesday to fill his roster spot.


White Sox closer Liam Hendriks, who is recovering from stage-4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, was in the team’s clubhouse Thursday.

Manager Pedro Grifol said the 34-year-old right-hander will throw a bullpen session or live batting practice on Friday. Then Hendriks and team management will discuss the next step in his comeback.

“He's a real good self-evaluator, he’ll be telling us what he feels,” Grifol said. “There’s no blueprint on this one. There’s very, very little information. It hasn’t happened much.”

Hendriks tossed an inning in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday, yielding a solo homer and a walk in one inning. Grifol said bringing Hendriks to Chicago made sense because he “needed a change of venue.”


Guardians: 1B Josh Naylor (left leg soreness) ran before the game. He was out of the lineup, but available off the bench.

White Sox: 3B Yoán Moncada didn’t start in a day game following a night contest as he recovers from a bulging lumbar disc. … C Yasmani Grandal, (right hamstring), who left Wednesday’s game in the sixth inning, was at DH on Thursday.


Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (2-2, 3.97 ERA) faces Mets RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 8.56 ERA) on Friday in the opener of a three-game series in New York.

White Sox: Michael Kopech (1-4, 5.74 ERA) takes the mound against Kansas City RHP Zack Greinke (1-4, 5.01 ERA) on Friday to start a three-game set on the South Side.

Matt Carlson, The Associated Press