Cody Allen, Indians blow 3-run lead in ninth in 4-3 loss to White Sox



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CHICAGO — Cleveland manager Terry Francona kept waiting for Cody Allen to escape the jam in the ninth inning.

He never did.

Allen allowed four runs and six hits in his first blown save of the season, sending the Indians to a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

"If I have that much concern, I would have taken him out," Francona said. "At no point, I thought he was going to get out of it pretty much the whole inning. That's how much faith I have in him."

Six consecutive batters reached safely before Melky Cabrera drove a fastball into left-center for a game-ending RBI single. Alexei Ramirez doubled home two runs and Gordon Beckham had a tying RBI single.

Allen (0-2) recorded just one out. The right-hander also allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a 9-6 loss to Detroit on April 11, but pitched a hitless inning in his other three outings.

"Left some balls up. Got a little predictable," Allen said. "Some good hitters, man, hitting's contagious. Couple hits, they were kind of racing to the bat rack there at the end."

David Robertson (1-0) worked a perfect ninth for his first win with the White Sox. Chicago had just four hits before the ninth-inning rally.

"I'm glad there's no clock," manager Robin Ventura said. "They couldn't stall. You eventually have to get it and guys had some good at-bats there in the ninth."

Trevor Bauer pitched seven sparkling innings for Cleveland, which has dropped seven of nine. Ryan Raburn and Brett Hayes homered, and Michael Brantley had an RBI double.

Bauer allowed four hits while lowering his ERA to 0.95. The right-hander beat Chicago in his previous outing, logging six effective innings in a 4-2 victory at home on Wednesday.

"I felt a lot better mechanically today," he said. "I was a little bit off last outing. I felt a lot better. I felt like my release point was more consistent."

Perhaps most importantly for Bauer and the Indians, he struck out seven and walked two in his longest start of the season. He walked nine in his first two outings.

Chicago left-hander John Danks allowed three runs and six hits in six innings in his best start of the young season.

Raburn had two hits and a walk on a damp, cool night, continuing his long history of tormenting the White Sox. He is a .301 hitter in 108 games against Chicago, with 18 of his 75 career homers.

He belted a long solo drive to left in the second for his first homer of the season. It was his fourth career homer against Danks.

Brantley doubled home Mike Aviles in the third, and Hayes went deep in the fifth in his first start of the season. Hayes' drive to left hit the top of the wall and bounced over for his first homer since May 28 for Kansas City against Houston.

NO BOURN

Indians outfielder Michael Bourn got the day off. He started each of Cleveland's first 11 games.

"Just try to do it where it makes sense," Francona said. "You know we got a couple righties coming up next two days."

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Javy Guerra was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, and right-hander Kyle Drabek was designated for assignment. The move for Guerra is retroactive to April 13.

UP NEXT

Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco makes his first start since he was struck by a line drive off the bat of White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera in the first inning of a 4-1 loss last Tuesday. Carrasco (1-1, 2.84 ERA) was carted off the field after the ball glanced off his glove and right hand before hitting him on the right side of his face. He had his next start pushed back a day, but Francona said he is ready to go.

RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 3.86 ERA) gets the ball for the White Sox in his first start since the home opener on April 10.


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