Kwan, McKenzie pace Guardians to 8-2 victory over White Sox

by | Sep 21, 2022 | Sports

CHICAGO — Steven Kwan homered among his three hits and Triston McKenzie struck out 13 in eight strong innings as the Cleveland Guardians beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 Wednesday night to move closer to their first American League Central title since 2018.Kwan had hits in each of his first three at-bats, capped by his fifth homer of the season off Lance Lynn (7-6) on the first pitch of the fourth inning. Kwan is batting .538 (14 for 26) over his last five games.The Guardians (82-67) have won seven of their last eight games while reducing their magic number for winning the division to seven. By clinching the season series, Cleveland is assured of winning the division if it finishes tied with Chicago.The White Sox (76-73) lost for the third time in their last five games. McKenzie (11-11) gave up two runs and six hits while matching the longest outing of his career. He finished one strikeout shy of his career high, set against the White Sox on Aug. 19. McKenzie is 2-0 with 2.16 ERA in four starts against Chicago this season. “I thought it was special,” said Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who marveled that McKenzie had no walks during his 100-pitch performance. “He was spinning it. They had to respect his fastball because it had life through the (strike) one.”Josh Naylor hit his 19th home run, a two-run shot in …

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