White Sox pound 5 home runs, rock 1st place Guardians 8-2

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CLEVELAND (TBEN) – Elvis Andrus hit one of Chicago’s five home runs off rookie Hunter Gaddis – backing up a pregame swipe to the Guardians – as the White Sox narrowed Cleveland’s lead in the AL Central to three games with an 8 -2 win in a makeup game Thursday.

Andrus batted in the fifth inning off Gaddis (0-2), who became the first Cleveland-pitcher to give up five homeruns in a game since Luis Tiant in 1969.

On Wednesday, Andrus raised some eyebrows by telling reporters he expected the top spot Guardians to “crumble the closer we get”.

Gavin Sheets homered with two runs in the second to start Chicago’s homer-barrage against Gaddis, and Andrew Vaughn, Yoán Moncada and Yasmani Grandal joined Andrus by hitting shots from the righthander.

Lance Lynn (7-5) limited the Guardians to two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 5-0 in his last seven starts.

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Cleveland had ended its winning streak at six when it began a nine-game run against the White Sox and Minnesota Twins, the club’s two closest pursuers in one of baseball’s only close-knit division races.

Before the game, Chris Antonetti, Guardians’ president of baseball operations, said he’d heard about Andrus’ comment but dismissed it as “outside noise.”

It got a little louder for Cleveland.

Sheets and Vaughn consecutive homeruns in the second off 24-year old Gaddis, who made his second Major League-start.

Gaddis led off the inning with a walk for Eloy Jiménez and Sheets followed with his 13th homer, a shot into the right seats that sent a screaming Andrus from the dugout to high-five teammates past the railing.

Vaughn made an error on two pitches before making it 3-0 with his 16th homer of the season, which brought Andrus to revelry again.

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Moncada made his 10th homerun in the third and Grandal hit number 5 in the fourth before Andrus, who signed with Chicago on August 19, made it 6-1 with his leadoff homer in the fifth.

After Moncada doubled and scored on José Abreu’s single, Guardians manager Terry Francona drew Gaddis, the third pitcher in team history to give up five homeruns.

CLEMENTES DAY

Several Cleveland players and first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. wore Roberto Clemente’s number 21 when baseball honored the late Hall of Fame outfielder, who passed away nearly 50 years ago.

Coincidentally, this was Roberto Clemente’s 21st day, celebrating both his on-field excellence (15-time All-Star, four-time batting champion) and selflessness in the community. He died in a plane crash on his way to deliver emergency supplies to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua.

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TRAINERS ROOM

Guardians: LHP Anthony Gose underwent Tommy John surgery in Texas on Wednesday. He will be sidelined for at least a year while he recovers. Gose threw 21 innings for Cleveland this season before being eliminated. … RHP Aaron Civale (elbow) will pitch a rehab assignment for Triple-A Columbus on Thursday-evening. He could be back next week when the Guardians are in Chicago.

NEXT ONE

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.18 ERA), 4-0 in his last seven starts, kicks off Friday’s series opener in Detroit against RHP Matt Manning (2-2, 3.73).

Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (10-11, 3.05) will start in the opener on Friday against the Twins, who haven’t announced their starter yet.

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