CHICAGO — Jordan Luplow and the Indians' anemic offense once again found the tonic they needed in Manny Banuelos and the Chicago White Sox.
Luplow hit two home runs, Carlos Carrasco cruised through seven innings and the Indians pounded the White Sox 9-0 on Tuesday.
Roberto Perez, Jake Bauers and Jose Ramirez also went deep as the light-hitting Indians muscled up against Banuelos and Josh Osich to end a three-game winning streak for the White Sox.
The 25-year-old Luplow has hit all four of his homers this season against the White Sox and three off Banuelos. His previous two drives against the White Sox left-hander came in a rain-shortened 5-0 win in Cleveland last Thursday. Luplow hit six home runs in brief looks the past two years with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"I don't know what it is, honestly," said Luplow of his success against the White Sox and Banuelos. "It's a positive sign for our team that we can swing the bats, as long as we can stay consistent with it."
The Indians could use a kick-start. The Indians entered hitting just .219, tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for worst in the American League. The Indians also came in with only 36 home runs in 40 games, second lowest in the league and fourth lowest in the majors.
"We've been struggling a little bit, but it's in there," Luplow said. "We have a long way to go. I think this is something we can build off."
Carrasco (4-3) scattered six singles, struck out six and didn't walk a batter in his second consecutive solid start. Oliver Perez, Dan Otero and A.J. Cole combined to complete the seven-hitter.
Banuelos (2-3) was roughed up for the third consecutive outing. The left-hander yielded five runs on four hits and three walks before leaving the game with none out in the fifth with a left shoulder strain.
Catcher James McCann said the Indians went deep off Banuelos' mistakes, but noticed the lefty wasn't his usual self.
"The crispness of this stuff wasn't quite the same," McCann said. "I know something was off."
Perez hit his fifth home run for a 1-0 lead in the third. Luplow's line drive barely cleared the fence in right-center in the fourth to make it 3-0.
The Indians added three more runs in the fifth.
Bauers led off with a homer and Perez then walked, prompting manager Rick Renteria and a trainer to visit the mound. Banuelos walked off with the trainer and Osich entered.
With two outs, Jason Kipnis doubled in a run and scored on Carlos Santana's single.
Luplow and Ramirez hit back-to-back homers to start the sixth to make it 8-0 before the Indians added an unearned run in the eighth.
Indians prospect Oscar Mercado made his major league debut in left field and batted sixth after being recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day. Mercado struck out swinging in his first three at-bats before being hit by a pitch and scoring in the eighth.
The 24-year-old was hitting .294 with four homers, 15 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 30 games in the minors.
Manager Terry Francona said Mercado's recall could be short-term while outfielder Tyler Naquin recovers from a left calf strain. Mercado was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and traded to the Indians for two minor leaguers last July.
"I think we feel like this kid is a part of our future, and maybe in the meantime he helps us win a couple games that'd be great," Francona said.
Indians: Placed Naquin (left calf strain) on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 11, and sent him to Cleveland for an MRI. Naquin, second on the Indians with a .278 batting average, hasn't played since Friday in Oakland … Right-hander Mike Clevinger (back strain) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session before Tuesday's game. … Francona said right-hander and ace Corey Kluber, whose broken right arm is in a cast, will be re-evaluated in three weeks.