Erick Fedde, White Sox level series with Guardians

Erick Fedde allowed one run over six strong innings while the Chicago White Sox had four batters with at least two hits en route to an 8-2 win over the host Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday.

Lenyn Sosa posted three hits and an RBI and Martin Maldonado recorded an RBI single during a four-run fourth and a two-run homer in the eighth for the White Sox. Chicago owns the worst record in the majors but evened the three-game set by amassing 12 hits while improving to 5-4 this season against the American League Central-leading Guardians.

Fedde (6-3) yielded three hits, three walks and only a second-inning sacrifice fly from David Fry to drop his ERA to 3.13. He retired the final 12 batters he faced.

Making his 2024 debut after sustaining an elbow injury in spring training, Cleveland’s Gavin Williams (0-1) allowed five runs, seven hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out two.

Brayan Rocchio homered in the seventh and had two of the five hits for the Guardians, whose six-game home winning streak ended.

Williams retired the first two batters he faced to open his season. Then allowed a single to Luis Robert Jr. (two hits) and walked Gavin Sheets before Andrew Vaughn lined a run-scoring single to left for a 1-0 Chicago lead.

The Guardians tied it in the third after Daniel Schneemann led off the frame with a double into the right-center-field gap and Jose Ramirez walked. However, they managed only a run via Fry’s sacrifice fly on a diving catch by Robert in center field.

Chicago broke things open in the fourth inning against Williams.

Sosa and Nicky Lopez recorded back-to-back doubles for a 2-1 lead. Maldonado, who entered the contest batting .083, sent a long, two-out single into the left field corner for another run. Andrew Benintendi capped the inning’s scoring with a two-run double off the left field wall.

Sosa, who has five hits in the series and nine in his past four games, delivered an RBI single with two outs in the seventh to make it 6-1.

–Field Level Media