Bieber strikes out 11, sets K record as Indians beat Chisox

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Shane Bieber

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber delivers during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, April 30, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — Shane Bieber is focusing on the Ws, not the Ks.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out 11, setting a major league record in the process and pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Friday night.

Bieber (3-2) 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.

“It’s special,” Bieber said. “I know what happened tonight, and it’s kind of surreal just to be able to experience that. Obviously at the end of the day all that matters is going out there and giving the team a chance to win, and winning, so I’m really happy with how tonight went.”

Bieber gave up three runs and seven hits, walking one in six innings. He has fanned 68 in six starts this year — he’s struck out at least 11 in five of those games.

“I think he finds a way to accept the challenge, regardless of what it is, and try to use it to his advantage,” manager Terry Francona said. “I think that’s what good players do.”

José Ramirez homered and drove in three runs for Cleveland.

Tim Anderson had two hits with an RBI and stole two bases for the White Sox. He was a part of two of Chicago’s three runs, driving in Nick Madrigal and scoring on Yoán Moncada’s single in the third inning.

This was Anderson’s second time with multiple stolen bases in a game this season. The first came on April 19 in Boston.

Ramirez started Cleveland’s four-run inning in the third with a bases-loaded, two-run single off Dallas Keuchel (1-1). The Indians loaded the bases with one out when Andrés Gimenez singled and Cesar Hernandez and Jordan Luplow drew back-to-back walks.

The Indians added two more runs in the third inning on Franmil Reyes’ RBI groundout and a single by Eddie Rosario.

Ramirez hit a solo shot in the eighth to give Cleveland a two-run lead.

“I was concentrating on getting that pitch,” Ramirez said. “Normally that’s what they’ve been throwing a lot in the past, a changeup outside, so I was looking for that pitch.”

Keuchel settled in after the Indians’ early burst and went on to pitch through the sixth, including retiring nine straight batters after the third inning.

Keuchel posted fours across the board — runs, hits, strikeouts and walks.

TRANSACTIONS

Cleveland selected the contract of RHP Nick Sandlin from its alternate site and optioned LHP Logan Allen.

The White Sox got OF Adam Eaton back from a one-game suspension and returned SS Danny Mendick to the alternate site. Eaton was suspended for his role in a benches-clearing incident against the Indians on April 15.

UP NEXT

The White Sox have RHP Lance Lynn (1-1, 0.92 ERA) back from the 10-day IL to take the mound against RHP Triston McKenzie (0-0, 4.32 ERA). Lynn has been on the injured list since April 18 with a strained right trapezius.

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