A historical trend stayed true to form for Derek Holland and the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.
After entering play with a 6-1 record, 2.35 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 10 outings (61.1 innings) against the Indians, the 30-year-old southpaw delivered six innings of one-run ball to hand the Tribe a 6-2 loss.
Cleveland left 22 men on base, batted 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and committed three errors in what shaped out to be the end to its five-game winning streak.
Even with a meager tally of six hits in 31 at-bats (.194), the Indians were able to put traffic on the basepaths courtesy of five walks and a hit by pitch.
“Despite not having very many hits, it seemed like we had chances and guys on base,” said manager Terry Francona to reporters. “Just couldn’t get a big hit.”
In the fifth, Austin Jackson doubled and Abraham Almonte walked before Holland lost the grip on a slider to advance each runner to scoring position with no outs. Three of the next four hitters struck out to keep the 3-1 deficit intact.
“I thought [Holland] threw to the right-handers – which we had in the lineup – fastball-in (was used) aggressively and then off of that, the breaking ball (and) changeup,” Francona said. “He did the kind of same things he did last time. I thought he was a little more aggressive today with his fastball-in, got us off the plate a little bit, then just took a little bit off.
The Tribe grounded into two double plays before leaving Jackson (single) and Michael Martinez (walk) stranded in the seventh.
Francisco Lindor hit a solo home run and Lonnie Chisenhall scored on a wild pitch to represent the lone offensive contributions.
Season-high three errors
On numerous occasions this week, Francona has used the term “crisp” in describing his club’s play in the field. This strong defensive presence did not carry over to Sunday’s series finale.
“It makes it hard to win when you play like that,” said Francona. “We didn’t finish the plays; we kicked around the ball a little bit. It makes it a lot harder to win.”
Three errors from Abraham Almonte, Martinez and Carlos Santana produced a pair of unearned runs charged to Boone Logan in the sixth and Bryan Shaw in the eighth.
Salazar gives up four runs
Aside from a three-run outburst in the first frame, Danny Salazar found his groove by facing four batters over the minimum between the second and fifth innings for a final line of 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 9 K (97 pitches, 65 pitches, 67%, one groundout, two flyouts).
“He reared back and really started competing,” Francona said. “He was close to 100 (pitches) after five - that means there’s a lot of work going on.”
Avisail Garcia dealt the final damage to Salazar with an RBI double in the fifth inning.
Central Division update
Detroit (10-8) won 13-4 over Minnesota (8-10) to earn its second consecutive win and share a first place lead with the defending American League champions. Texas took care of the Royals (7-11) to extend Kansas City's losing streak to four games.
The Indians will take the day off on Monday before opening a six-game homestand beginning with the Houston Astros on Tuesday at 6:10 p.m. ET from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
RHP Josh Tomlin (1-2, 11.68) is scheduled for the series-opener in hopes that he can further his string of bounce back performances after allowing 13 earned runs between his first two starts.
LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-0, 0.96) has only surrendered three earned runs through four seven-inning outings in 2017. The 29-year-old won the 2015 AL Cy Young with a league-best 20 wins and 1.017 WHIP.