CLEVELAND (AP) – Carlos Carrasco received a standing ovation in his first appearance at Progressive Field since being diagnosed with leukemia, but gave up home runs to James McCann and Eloy Jimenez in the eighth inning that lifted the Chicago White Sox over the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Tuesday night.
Carrasco entered the game with a 5-2 lead but gave up a three-run homer to McCann, which was followed by Jimenez’s second homer of the game.
Cleveland missed a chance to move into a virtual tie with Tampa Bay for the AL wild-card lead. The White Sox ended a season-high seven-game losing streak.
The crowd of 17,397 came to its feet when Carrasco ran through the bullpen gate and chanted “Cookie” – the right-hander’s nickname.
Carrasco (4-7) entered the game after Roberto Perez’s three-homer in the seventh gave Cleveland a 5-2 lead. Carrasco gave up singles to Leury Garcia and Tim Anderson but struck out Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada.
With the fans on their feet again, McCann startled the crowd by homering into the bleachers to tie the game. Jimenez followed with a towering drive to right that cleared the wall despite a leaping attempt by Yasiel Puig.
The inning finally ended when Carrasco fielded Daniel Palka’s high chopper and ran to first for the out. He was given another ovation when he left the field.
Indians manager Terry Francona said he wanted to use Carrasco in low-pressure situations as he returned, but Cleveland needed five relievers in Monday night’s 11-3 win.
Carrasco, diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia in June, pitched an inning in Tampa Bay on Sunday. Carrasco said on Monday that his whole body was shaking when he on the field, but he knew his first appearance at home would be even more emotional.
Jimenez had an RBI double in the second and a solo homer in the seventh off Mike Clevinger. The rookie left fielder recorded his fourth career two-homer game.
Evan Marshall (4-2) got the win despite allowing Perez’s home run. Alex Colome survived Franmil Reyes’ flyout to deep right in the ninth for his 26th save.
Francisco Lindor homered in the first. Jimenez tied the game in the second with an RBI double. Perez broke the tie with an RBI single in the fifth, but Jimenez homered in the seventh.