Preview Cleveland at Chicago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Looking to avoid a seventh straight defeat, the Chicago White Sox open up a three-game set on Tuesday night with the Cleveland Indians.
The White Sox have been swept in consecutive three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. They saw their skid extended on Sunday with a 7-4 loss in 10 innings as they Yankees got a walk-off three-run homer by Brian McCann.
Jake Petricka recorded the final two outs in the ninth and stayed on to pitch the 10th for the White Sox. He struck out Martin Prado and Mark Teixeira before giving up a double to Carlos Beltran. Chase Headley was intentionally walked prior to McCann's blast down the right-field line.
Chicago wasted home runs by Avisail Garcia, Alexei Ramirez and Conor Gillaspie in the losing effort, while starter Chris Sale yielded four unearned runs over six innings.
"I just wasn't able to capitalize when I needed to," said Sale. "Things just kind of unraveled for me."
Left-hander Jose Quintana will try to snap Chicago's losing streak and remain unbeaten in his career versus the Indians in the process. He is 3-0 with a 2.66 earned run average in nine previous meetings with Cleveland, including seven starts.
Quintana, though, has not won since July 29 and dropped his third straight start on Tuesday versus Baltimore. He was charged with four runs on eight hits over six innings, though he did not walk a batter in the 5-1 loss.
The 25-year-old fell to 6-10 with a 3.25 ERA on the year.
Cleveland has won four of its past six games and moved a season-high three games over .500 with Sunday's 3-1 win over Houston. The victory pushed the Tribe to 66-63 on the year, 4 1/2 games back of a wild card spot in the American League.
Trevor Bauer fired six-plus scoreless innings in Sunday's win, striking out nine.
"He kept them off the scoreboard, a lot of swing-and-miss," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Bauer.
Getting the call for the Tribe will be T.J. House, who pitched the first 5 1/3 innings of a 5-0 shutout at Minnesota on Wednesday. The lefty yielded four hits and three walks with five strikeouts to win for the first time since July 5.
House, 24, is 2-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) this season and has faced the White Sox once during his rookie campaign. That came in a 3-2 loss on May 28, with House getting a no-decision after yielding a run in 6 1/3 innings. It marked his third big league appearance and he struck out a still personal-high eight batters.
The White Sox are 8-5 versus Cleveland this season, winning six of seven in Chicago.