The road, which has not been kind to the Cleveland Indians, was smiling on the Tribe during a long, hit happy double header sweep of the last place Chicago White Sox on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.
In what may be the oddest of games this season, the opener found the Indians behind 5-0 in the first that didn’t allow Trevor Bauer to escape the inning. But the Indians, who had seven players with at least two RBI, bounced back with a 5-run second and never looked back in winning going away, 19-10.
Led by Jason Kipnis, who was 3-for-4, all doubles, with three walks on the way to scoring four times and driving in two, the Indians had their way with Sox pitching, collecting 21 hits.
In fact, first baseman Casper Wells was the only Sox pitcher to avoid problems, holding the Indians scoreless in the ninth. He entered with the Sox trailing 19-10 in the ninth and allowed a walk in keeping the Indians from the 20-run mark.
For the game, the Indians had a season-tying high eight doubles and had 30 base runners in moving to their third win in five road games on what will be an 11-game swing that concludes on the Fourth of July in Kansas City.
Behind Kipnis in the opener were Asdrubal Cabrera, who went 3-for-7 in scoring three times, Mike Aviles, who went 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI, Ryan Raburn, who was 2-for-5 with two rjuns and four RBI along with Drew Stubbs, hitting 2-for-6 in the lead off spot with a run and three RBI.
Matt Albers, who tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless ball in relief of Bauer, was the winner while Brian Omogrosso, who came into a 5-5 game in the third, gave up nine runs in relief and was the loser
The nightcap had the Indians fans smiling at the beginning and the end with some anxious moments in between. Staked to a 4-0 lead in the first, Carlos Carrasco was unable to hold that advantage, giving up the lead and leaving the Tribe behind 6-5.
The Sox lead grew to 8-5 before Chicago closer Addison Reed imploded in the ninth, giving up four runs including a solo home run by Nick Swisher to give the Indians the 9-8 lead and enough for the double header sweep.
Despite giving up two runs in the Chicago eighth, Mike Langwell got the win from the Cleveland bullpen. The two games totalled 7 hours 53 minutes for the longest double header by time that did not go extra innings.
The series continues on Saturday afternoon and concludes Sunday afternoon before the Tribe heads off to play three in Kansas City beginning Tuesday.
The 4-2 road trip improved Cleveland to 18-23 away from Progressive Field. That includes a 2-7 road trip earlier in June that saw the Tribe lose the first seven before grabbing two to close out a 3-game series at Texas.