A fan shouted, “Urgent!” after Amed Rosario beat Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Mancada by throwing to first in the first inning on Wednesday.
The Cleveland Guardians put him out.
The Sox fell short and found themselves in dire straits after an 8-2 loss in front of 22,606 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
It was a rough night for Mankada’s defense, which was blamed for an error on the Guardians’ first two-run drive. And it was an uninspiring performance for the Sox, who trail the Guardians by 6 games in the American League Central with 13 games to play. Cleveland’s magic number to win the division is seven.
The Sox lost the first two important three-game series.
Tuesday’s game was stubborn Lost 10-7 in 11 innings. There wasn’t the same intensity earlier on Wednesday.
The Sox nearly got out of a bases-loaded situation in the first when Oscar Gonzalez grounded to third. Mancada stepped on the bag but didn’t make a clean throw to first while attempting a double play. Stephen Kwan scored on the play and Josh Naylor advanced to third on a throwing error.
Naylor scored after Andres Gimenez hit a ground ball that Moncada couldn’t field.
Mancada narrowly avoided hitting left fielder Andrew Vaughn on Naylor’s pop-up to start the third. Vaughan missed the catch and was charged with an error.
Naylor scored on Gimenez’s single, the first of the Guardians’ three runs in the inning.
Kwan hit a solo homer in the fourth against Sox starter Lance Lynn to make it 6-0. Lin allowed six runs, three earned, on nine hits with three strikeouts and a walk in six innings.
Naylor added Jose Ruiz’s two-run homer in the seventh.
Moncada scored in the fourth and Gavin Sheets had an RBI single in the seventh for the Sox. Otherwise, Guardians reliever Tristan McKenzie was in control, allowing two runs on six hits with 13 strikeouts and two shutouts over eight innings.
The Sox will try to save the series finale on Thursday when Johnny Cueto starts against Shane Bieber.