CLEVELAND (AP) — Jeff Samardzija, perhaps pitching for the final time in a Chicago uniform, allowed one run in eight innings and Melky Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate, leading the White Sox to an 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
Samardzija (7-5), who has been the subject of trade rumors with the July 31 deadline approaching, held the Indians to four hits, struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.
Cabrera hit a leadoff homer in the fourth off right-hander Trevor Bauer to break a scoreless tie. He added a two-run shot off left-hander Kyle Crockett in the seventh. Cabrera has homered from both sides of the plate twice in his career, the first time on July 28, 2014, against Boston.
Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the fourth while Adam Eaton homered to lead off the fifth and Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak.
Trevor Bauer (8-7) allowed six runs, including three homers, in six-plus innings.
Samardzija has lasted at least seven innings in nine straight starts and has allowed six earned runs in 31 2-3 innings in his last four. The right-hander was traded from the Cubs to Oakland at last season’s trade deadline and the White Sox acquired from the Athletics in December.
The White Sox, who had lost six of seven, jumped on Bauer in the fourth. Cabrera’s homer to right was followed by singles by Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia. Ramirez then homered into the bleachers in left-center.
White Sox: INF Emilio Bonifacio was placed on the bereavement list. INF Leury Garcia, who spent the entire 2014 season with the White Sox, was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
Indians: DH Nick Swisher (left knee inflammation) was 0 for 2 with a walk in his first game on a minor league rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Akron. He has been on the 15-day DL since June 14.
White Sox: LHP Jose Quintana, who leads the majors with 45 no-decisions over the last four seasons, seeks his first victory since July 1, at St. Louis. He is 0-2 in his last three starts.
Indians: RHP Corey Kluber faces the White Sox for the third time this season. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has 18 strikeouts in 15 innings against Chicago, but is 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA.