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White Sox, Guardians Split Tuesday Doubleheader

Shane Bieber pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game this year and Jose Ramirez and Amed Rosario drove in two runs apiece, sending the Cleveland Guardians over the Chicago White Sox 4-1 in a doubleheader opener Tuesday.

 

Bieber (4-5) struck out seven and walked none in just the 17th complete game in the major leagues this season. He had been 0-2 in six starts since beating Baltimore on June 3, the longest winless streak of his career.

 

The 2020 American League Cy Young Award winner carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh en route to his first complete game since Aug. 4, 2019.

 

It was the fourth complete game of Bieber's big league career and the first by a Cleveland pitcher since Aaron Civale's five-hitter at Pittsburgh on Aug. 19, 2020. The 27-year-old right-hander only needed 95 pitches to wrap up the 2-hour, 9-minute ballgame.

 

Rosario had a pair of RBI doubles off Davis Martin (1-3), driving in Austin Hedges in the third and Myles Straw in the fifth. The Guardians took a 3-0 lead in the third, when Ramirez's two-run single scored Steven Kwan and Rosario.

 

Ramirez, selected for his fourth All-Star Game, leads the AL with 68 RBIs, three more than Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.

 

Eloy Jimenez singled home Andrew Vaughn in the seventh, cutting Chicago's deficit to 4-1. The White Sox had two on with one out before Gavin Sheets bounced into an inning-ending double play.

 

Martin worked a season-high six innings, giving up four runs while striking out three after being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. The 25-year-old right-hander made his big league debut May 17 at Kansas City.

 

Nolan Jones of the Guardians went 0 for 3, going hitless for the first time in the majors. Jones batted .538 with seven hits and eight RBIs over his first four games.

 

Cleveland designated hitter Franmil Reyes fouled a pitch off his right ear in the third but remained in the game. The ball ricocheted off the dirt and struck Reyes below his helmet.

 

Dylan Cease struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings in his first start since being left off the AL All-Star team, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Guardians 7-0 on Tuesday night for a doubleheader split.

 

Jose Abreu, Luis Robert and Josh Harrison homered for Chicago, which had dropped four of six before its sorely needed victory in the nightcap. The White Sox won in Cleveland for the first time in five tries this season.

 

Cease (8-4) allowed five hits while continuing his bid to become an injury replacement for the July 19 Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander has not allowed more than one earned run in nine straight starts, posting a 0.53 ERA over his last 51 innings.

 

Abreu sparked Chicago in the second game with a two-run homer in the first against Konnor Pilkington (1-2). Harrison added a solo shot in the second.

 

Pilkington was charged with four runs, three earned, and six hits in five innings.

 

Robert curled a three-run drive off Bryan Shaw in the ninth just inside the foul pole in right.

 

Reynaldo Lopez, Kendall Graveman and Matt Foster followed Cease in the eight-hit shutout.

 

The Guardians played their league-high eighth doubleheader, their seventh at Progressive Field. The White Sox, in their fourth doubleheader, were swept by Cleveland on April 20.

 

Lucas Giolito (5-5, 5.05 ERA) makes his 12th career start against Cleveland in the four-game series finale. Aaron Civale (2-5, 6.28 ERA) seeks his first victory in his fifth start since returning from a left glute injury on June 21.

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