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Chicago White Sox drop 5 games in AL Central after losing 10-7 in 11 innings to Cleveland Guardians – The Denver Post

The crowd at the guaranteed rate ground knew the magnitude of the moment as Jose Abreu took on Emmanuel Clase with the tying run in the second in the 10th inning on Tuesday.

Abreu chose right center, scoring Elvis Andrus to give the Chicago White Sox hope in a must-win situation against the Cleveland Guardians.

The game took place at 11, where everything fell apart for the Sox. The Guardians scored five runs in the inning and won 10-7 in front of 23,242.

Myles Straw broke the tie 5-5 with a two-point brace against Jake Diekman. Steven Kwan followed with an RBI single and José Ramírez made a run with a sacrifice fly as the Guardians handed the Sox a devastating loss in the American League Central race.

The Sox trail the Guardians by five games.

The night began with AL Cy Young Award nominee Dylan Cease on the mound for the Sox. He got through a few early bumps and allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks in six innings.

He received defensive help from second baseman Josh Harrison, who made spectacular plays – one on a floor and the other on a soft liner – to deny Amed Rosario two hits.

The race authorized by Cease came in the second. Andrés Giménez started the round with a slicer on the left. AJ Pollock stumbled while running for the ball and Giménez reached third for a triple. He scored on a sacrifice ball on the right by Austin Hedges.

Pollock was instrumental in helping the Sox take the lead in the sixth.

Andrus started the inning with a single. He stole the second, a call that was confirmed after a video challenge by the Guardians. Yoán Moncada walked and the Guardians replaced starter Aaron Civale with reliever Nick Sandlin.

Abreu was hit on Sandlin’s first pitch, loading the bases for Eloy Jiménez, who tied the game with a single to the center.

Vaughn hit, bringing Pollock to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. Pollock hit a second grounder that looked like an end-of-inning double play.

Giménez threw the ball to Rosario for strength in the second, but Rosario’s throw in the first passed Owen Miller. Two points scored during the sequence to bring the score to 3-1.

The Guardians took advantage of back-to-back walks to start the eighth to tie the game.

Kwan threw a run with a single, and with two outs and runners in the corners, Ramírez grounded the bottom hole short-range and just beat Andrus’ pitch to first. A point scored on the inside shot, tying the match at 3.

Rosario tried to break the tie by scoring from second on Josh Naylor’s hit. Andrus made a diving save in the outfield grass and pitched at home plate. Receiver Seby Zavala applied the tag and Rosario was called to end the inning.

He appeared to beat the tag, but the Guardians couldn’t contest, having lost the sixth-inning review.

Naylor’s RBI single and a sacrificial center fly by Oscar Gonzalez gave the Guardians a 5-3 lead in the 10th.

The Sox found themselves within a point when Zavala scored on a fielder’s pick. Andrus reached first on play and stole second. Abreu led it with the hit down the field at 1-2 to tie the game at 5.

The Guardians responded in a major way in the 11th.

Pollock hit a two-run homer late in the 11th, but the Sox didn’t get close and found themselves in a huge hole with 14 games left in the regular season.

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