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White Sox beat Guardians 2-1, gain split in 4-game series

Lucas Giolito pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning and the Chicago White Sox defeated Cleveland 2-1 on Wednesday night after Guardians’ starter Aaron Civale exited after one inning because of a sore right wrist.

Giolito (6-5) yielded an unearned run in 6 1/3 innings and extended his dominance of Cleveland hitters. The right-hander is 5-1 with a 0.83 ERA in 10 starts versus Cleveland since May 17, 2019.

Giolito’s strong outing, along with RBI by José Abreu and Andrew Vaughn, helped the White Sox earn a split of the four-game series between the teams battling for second place in the AL Central Division.

Civale permitted two hits and threw 20 pitches in the scoreless first inning. Civale’s injury forced manager Terry Francona to use five relievers, one day after the teams played a doubleheader.

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Eli Morgan and Enyel De Los Santos each pitched two scoreless innings, but the White Sox got on the board in the sixth inning, scoring two runs off Sam Hentges (2-2) in the sixth. A double by Abreu scored Yoán Moncada, who had drawn a leadoff walk. Vaughn followed with an RBI groundout.

Liam Hendriks pitched the ninth and earned his 18th save in 21 chances.

Giolito retired the first batter in the seventh and was lifted after Franmil Reyes singled and rookie Nolan Jones walked. Owen Miller hit into a fielder’s choice. Miller was ruled out at first, but the call was reversed after a replay review.

Second baseman Josh Harrison’s fielding error on a ground ball by pinch-hitter Andrés Giménez permitted Reyes to score. Myles Straw grounded out to end the inning.

Civale missed a month earlier this season because of a left glute injury. The right-hander returned June 21 and was making his fifth start since coming off the injured list. Civale is 2-5 with a 6.17 ERA in 12 starts this season. He sprained the middle finger on his pitching hand last season and was out from June 21 to Sept 7.

Chicago’s All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson remained in the game after being hit on the leg by Luis Robert’s sharply hit grounder while running the bases in the seventh.

Left fielder Eloy Jiménez came up limping after catching José Ramírez’s liner to end the sixth and was removed from the game with tightness in his right leg.

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Cleveland Guardians 3B Jose Ramírez injures shin; manager Terry Francona to have minor surgery

Cleveland Guardians star third baseman José Ramírez will undergo X-rays and other tests on his right shin after being injured during an at-bat in Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Ramírez collapsed in pain after fouling a ball off his shin in the eighth inning.

After going down, he rolled onto his back in the dirt near home plate, and the 29-year-old Ramírez needed several minutes to recover. He then hobbled back into the batter’s box and promptly hit a single for his 34th RBI.

Ramírez was pulled for a pinch-runner after the hit.

Guardians manager Terry Francona stated Ramírez, one of baseball’s best all-around players, will have his leg checked for any serious damage.

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“He’s pretty sore,” Francona said. “Hit above his (protective) pad, just below his knee. For him to react like that, he’s a pretty tough kid. He’s going to get some X-rays, but he’s sore.”

Ramírez has been in a slump of late, but he’s still the biggest threat in Cleveland’s lineup and the Guardians can’t afford to be without him for too long.

It’s possible he could miss a game or two, dependent on the X-ray results.

Ramírez signed a seven-year, $141 million contract extension with Cleveland on the eve of opening day.

Meanwhile, Francona, who just returned to the team after being out with COVID-19, will miss Friday’s series opener versus Detroit to have a minor surgical procedure. He’s expected to be back Saturday.

Francona was sidelined for much of the past two seasons with serious medial issues. He managed just 14 games in 2020 due to gastrointestinal issues, and stepped away last July following foot surgery.

Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will fill in for Francona versus the Tigers.

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