Rapid Reaction: Indians 3, White Sox 2

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox were unable to protect an early lead Monday and fell 3-2 to the Cleveland Indians.

How it happened: White Sox starter Chris Sale struck out eight over seven innings but was done in by three Indians solo home runs. Ryan Raburn went deep twice against Sale, while Mike Aviles also hit a home run. Indians starter Trevor Bauer walked five over his seven innings of work but allowed just two runs on two hits.

What it means: After tearing through the team with the best record in the American League over the weekend, the White Sox could not continue that momentum at home on Monday. The White Sox outscored the Royals 25-7 during a three-game sweep at Kansas City and were on a four-game win streak heading into the opener of their homestand Monday. But the revived offense produced just three hits Monday -- two from Avisail Garcia, who singled and tripled.

Outside the box: With his eight strikeouts Monday, Sale has increased his career-best total to 247 on the season. It leaves him 23 strikeouts away from matching Ed Walsh’s franchise record for a season, set in 1908. Sale is also trying to become the first White Sox pitcher to lead the league in strikeouts since Walsh did it in 1908 and 1911.

Offbeat: As it turned out, the White Sox’s productive second inning would actually be a sign of how bad the day would go. The White Sox scored two runs on no hits in the second when Bauer walked the bases loaded on 12 pitches and the runs came home on a ground ball and a fly ball. Bauer would ultimately get his walks under control, and held the White Sox scoreless the rest of the way.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Carlos Rodon (6-6, 4.10 ERA) to the mound Tuesday in the second game of the three-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander Carlos Carrasco (12-9, 3.53) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.