CHICAGO -- Jose Ramirez hit two more homers, Austin Jackson also connected and the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox 9-4 on Tuesday night for their 13th straight victory, the longest run by a major league team this season.
Danny Salazar got just two outs in his return from right elbow inflammation, but Cleveland's deep bullpen took over from there. Seven relievers combined for 8⅓ scoreless innings as the Indians moved within one of their franchise-record 14-game win streak of last year.
Jackson and Ramirez hit back-to-back homers during Cleveland's three-run first against David Holmberg (2-4). Ramirez added another solo shot in the second, and the American League Central leaders went ahead to stay on Greg Allen's tiebreaking, two-run double in the third. Yan Gomes tacked on a three-run shot in the ninth.
Ramirez has five homers in his past three games. He is batting .500 (17-for-34) with seven homers and nine RBIs on Cleveland's 11-game road trip.
Davidson's 24th homer chased Salazar and gave the White Sox a 4-3 lead in the first. It was the first time the Indians had trailed since they were down by one against the New York Yankees on Aug. 28.
Cleveland responded with Ramirez's 25th homer of the season and then a clutch hit by Allen in the third. With two outs and runners on first and second, Allen hit a liner into the corner in left to give the Indians a 6-4 lead.
Indians: 1B Carlos Santana was shaken up after he was hit on the right leg by a pitch from Carson Fulmer in the seventh, but he stayed in the game. ... OF Jay Bruce (sore neck) was held out for the fourth straight game. With the White Sox sending a lefty to the mound, Cleveland manager Terry Francona decided to give Bruce another day. ... LHP Andrew Miller (right knee patellar tendinitis) threw a side session on Monday in Cleveland, and he is scheduled for another one on Wednesday. ... 2B Jason Kipnis (right hamstring strain) worked out with the team before the game. ... The Indians were awaiting clearance for OF Bradley Zimmer, who was going through the concussion protocol. He was expected to see a doctor right before the game.
White Sox: RHP James Shields got in a full workout, and he expects to make his next scheduled start after he was hit on the right knee by a line drive in the seventh inning of Chicago's 5-3 loss in the series opener. ... OF/INF Nicky Delmonico (sprained right wrist) was slated to take batting practice with the team. If he responds well, he could be activated in the next day or two. ... Minor league RHP Tyler Danish dislocated his left shoulder when he was involved in a car accident Monday night in Florida. He is expected to recover in seven to 10 days. ... Minor league RHP Dylan Cease, acquired from the Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade, was scratched from a playoff start with Class A Kannapolis because of shoulder fatigue. But he is expected to pitch in the instructional league this month.
Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco (13-6, 3.67 ERA) and White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 6.06 ERA) square off when the four-game series resumes Wednesday night. Carrasco is 9-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 15 road starts this year. Lopez pitched six innings of three-run ball in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday in his first start since Aug. 17, after being sidelined by a strained back.
It was difficult to determine whether Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel was entertained or exhausted by the number of times he was asked the same question on Thursday, a query seeking perspective on his career success against the New York Yankees.
Dallas Keuchel doesn't think past success against the Yankees has been anything more than a coincidence.
Astros duo Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann spent most of the previous three seasons as teammates with the Yankees, and while there got to see the birth of those baby Bronx Bombers they will now face in the AL Championship Series.
Gary Cederstrom will be the umpire crew chief for the AL Championship Series and Mike Winters will handle the duties for the NLCS.
The Yankees will go with Masahiro Tanaka on the mound for Friday's Game 1, facing off against Astros ace Dallas Keuchel. The Yankees will use Luis Severino in Game 2, with Houston starting Justin Verlander.
Marcellus Wiley says Michelle Beadle owes Stephen Strasburg an apology after he threw 12 strikeouts in Game 4.