Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Chisox hang on in opener

CHICAGO — White Sox manager Robin Ventura has been tinkering for a week looking to find a spark for his slumping offense.

The lineup for the opener of Monday's doubleheader had regular second baseman Brett Lawrie as the DH, and he embraced the role.

Lawrie broke a fifth-inning tie with a three-run homer, Todd Frazier hit his 14th of the season and White Sox held on for a 7-6 victory over the Indians.

"The other day he had a day off," Ventura said of Lawrie. "The way he was swinging it (Monday), you liked the way it was coming off his bat."

Austin Jackson added three hits and two RBIs to back Mat Latos in Chicago's second straight win. Marlon Byrd's two-run homer in the fifth off Latos tied it at 3 a half-inning before Lawrie sent Mike Clevinger's fastball into the leftfield seats.

"I saw a bunch of pitches, sliders and curveballs, and it allowed me at 3-2 to get a fastball and I didn't miss it," Lawrie said.

Frazier's solo shot in the first gave him the AL lead.

Clevinger gave up seven hits over five innings in his second big-league start.

"I felt like, especially with this offense scoring those runs, I was killing the momentum," Clevinger said. "This one was on me."

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