CHICAGO — The White Sox just seem to prefer ninth-inning theatrics.
Up 4-2 in the final inning, Indians reliever Carlos Carrasco walked Yoan Moncada and gave up consecutive singles to Adam Engel and Yolmer Sanchez.
Leury Garcia moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, setting the table for Daniel Palka, who is no stranger to ninth-inning heroics this season and became the first Sox player to hit a walk-off homer this season, Aug. 10 against the Indians. Palka delivered once again, raking a two-run single to center field to seal a 5-4 victory Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field
Avisail Garcia, who revealed before the game that he has been playing with knee pain all season, hit a two-run home run off Indians starter Trevor Bauer in the first inning. It was Garcia’s 19th of the season, a career high.
James Shields claimed his own milestone on the evening. He was just an 12/3 innings shy of his 10th 200-inning season entering the game and got it by striking out Melky Cabrera in the second inning.
The game started off smoothly enough for the Sox.
In the first, Sanchez advanced to third off a bunt and throwing errors by Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson and second baseman Jose Ramirez.
In the end, it didn’t matter.
With two outs, Garcia plated Sanchez with the 385-foot blast to left field.
Shields ran into trouble in a three-run third. He gave up an RBI single to Ramirez then loaded the bases for Yonder Alonso, who knocked in two runs. Then Yan Gomes made it 4-2 in the fourth with a 360-foot jack to left field.
Later that inning, White Sox left fielder Nick Delmonico went airborne to snag Francisco Lindor’s line drive. Delmonico was slow getting up but received an ovation and tip of the cap from first base coach Daryl Boston, who regularly works with the outfielders.
Delmonico left the game in the fifth with right shoulder soreness and has been listed as day to day. He was replaced by Ryan LaMarre.
The Sox had a potential rally cooking in the eighth when Omar Narvaez walked and Matt Davidson hit a ground-rule double, but it flamed out with LaMarre’s groundout.