CHICAGO — CHICAGO (AP) — Shane Bieber struck out 11, setting a major league record in the process and pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox 5-3.
Bieber fanned at least eight in his 18th straight game, breaking a tie for the mark set by Hall of Famer Randy Johnson in 1999-2000. He gave up three runs and seven hits, walking one in six innings.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has fanned 68 in six starts this year — stinking out at 11 in five of those games. The Cleveland ace also picked up his third win of the year.
José Ramírez homered and drove in three runs for the Tribe (12-12), giving his squad a 2-1 lead and starting a four-run third inning with a single in the third. Franmil Reyes and Eddie Rosario also drove in runs.
Dallas Keuchel took the loss for Chicago (14-11), allowing four runs and walking four over six innings of work. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada brought the ChiSox to within 4-3 with singles in the bottom of the third, but Ramírez's solo home run in the seventh provided the final margin.
The Indians have now won four of their last five to pull back to .500. Triston McKenzie (0-0, 4.26 ERA) will start Saturday afternoon against the Sox' Lance Lynn (1-1, 0.92) in game two of this three-game series.
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