CHICAGO (AP) — AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber pitched three-hit ball over nine innings for Cleveland while Lucas Giolito nearly matched him before the Indians broke through in the 10th to beat the Chicago White Sox 2-0 on Tuesday night.
The matchup between All-Star aces sure lived up to its billing.
Bieber struck out 11 and has fanned 35 in his first three starts of the season for the second straight year. Nolan Ryan set the record with 37 in 1973 and Gerrit Cole had 36 in 2018.
Giolito also allowed only three hits and fanned eight. He was pulled after issuing his second walk to begin the eighth inning. Bieber walked one.
Garrett Crochet (0-2) came on in the 10th for Chicago and catcher Yasmani Grandal interfered with Josh Naylor leading off, putting runners on the corners.
After pinch-hitter Yu Chang flied out, Roberto Perez drove in a run with an RBI single. Pinch-hitter Amed Rosario added an RBI double.
Bieber (1-1) struck out at least eight in his 15th straight game, breaking Corey Kluber's club record in 2017.
James Karinchak worked the 10th for his first save, retiring Jake Lamb on a game-ending fly to the right-field warning track.
Eddie Rosario had two of Cleveland's three hits against Giolito — a double in the second and an infield single in the fourth.
Chang shared some anti-Asian tweets he received after making a throwing error in the ninth inning that allowed the winning run to score in the Indians' loss Monday night.
Chang, who is Taiwanese, posted some of the tweets on his account while asking for tolerance. Soon after, he received an outpouring of support from Indians fans and others.
Indians: Pérez apparently got crossed up by Karinchak and got hit in his right ring finger by a pitch. Pérez rose as if he was expecting a high pitch.
The four-game series continues with LHP Carlos Rodón (1-0, 0.00 ERA) pitching for Chicago after being scratched from Monday's start because of an upset stomach and RHP Zach Plesac (1-1, 1.38) getting the ball for Cleveland. With Rodón ill, Dallas Keuchel pitched into the sixth inning Monday after having his turn moved up two days.
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