CLEVELAND – Knowing a heavy rainstorm was on its way, Carlos Carrasco wanted to get through five innings as quickly as possible Thursday.
Even if it meant giving his teammates a nudge.
Carrasco held the White Sox to two hits, Jordan Luplow hit his first two home runs of the season and the Indians won, 5-0, in a game that was called after five innings after a rain delay of two hours, 34 minutes.
Carrasco was told a day earlier that rain was likely. When Roberto Perez started throwing the ball around the infield after one of the right-hander’s six strikeouts, Carrasco quickly put a stop to it.
“I said ‘No, just give me the ball,’ “ he said. “I knew it was going to rain. I wanted to get through the fifth inning.”
The rain began to fall steadily in the third and continued before the umpires called for the tarp before the top of the sixth.
“It is what it is,” Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “Mother Nature is kind of hard to control.”
Sox right fielder Charlie Tilson slipped and fell on the wet grass in the fifth as he camped under a fly ball hit by Francisco Lindor that landed for an RBI double and capped a three-run inning.
Left fielder Nicky Delmonico battled the rain and the footing to catch JosÚ Ramirez’s fly ball.
Carrasco (3-3) struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. The right-hander gave up an infield hit to JosÚ Abreu in the first before retiring the next nine hitters. Yonder Alonso doubled with two outs in the fourth, but Carrasco struck out James McCann to end an 11-pitch at-bat.
Carrasco allowed a career-high four home runs against Seattle on Saturday.
Luplow hit solo homers in the second and fifth off Manny Banuelos (2-2) helping Cleveland gain a split of the four-game series.
The Sox’s left-hander had a rocky second inning in which he gave up a leadoff homer to Luplow, a wild pitch that allowed a runner to score from second base and three walks.
Luplow’s first home run landed in the left-field bleachers. After two walks, Banuelos’ pitch to Tyler Naquin was in the dirt. The ball rolled toward the Sox’s dugout, and Jake Bauers scored from second standing up before McCann retrieved it.
Banuelos appeared to get hit on the upper part of his pitching arm by Carlos Santana’s one-hop grounder to the mound, but he remained in the game. He allowed five runs in 41/3 innings.
Luplow homered to center with one out in the fifth. Ramirez singled in the first and has reached base in 18 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the AL.
Sox: OF Leury Garcia (bruised thumb) started for the first time since Monday and was hitless in two at-bats.
Indians: Right-hander Mike Clevinger (strained muscle in upper back) has played catch several times this week. He’s expected to return in June.
The Sox are 16-20 after going 9-27 through 36 games last season. The Sox didn’t win their 17th game until June 1 a year ago.
Sox: Right-hander Dylan Covey (0-1, 4.50 ERA) will make his first career start against Toronto in the opener of a three-game series Friday.
Indians: Right-hander Cody Anderson (0-1, 11.12 ERA) is scheduled for his second start of the season in the opener of a three-game series in Oakland on Friday.