American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Chicago|
(Wednesday, September 26th)
Final Score: Cleveland 6, Chicago 4
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Shin-Soo Choo's run-scoring groundout in the
seventh inning proved to be the difference, as the Cleveland Indians took down
the Chicago White Sox, 6-4, in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Vinny Rottino hit a solo homer for the Indians, who went 3-3 on a six-game
road trip. Jason Kipnis had two RBI and a run scored.
Cleveland starter Justin Masterson allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3
innings. Tony Sipp (1-2) recorded the final out in the sixth to pick up the
"We played a pretty good series, we had a lot of good at-bats today, for the
third day in a row we're able to play well against a left-handed pitcher,
which we had struggled the whole year," Indians manager Manny Acta said.
Paul Konerko, Alex Rios, A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez each knocked in a
run for the White Sox, who fell one game behind the Tigers for first place
in the AL Central. Detroit beat the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Chicago has dropped seven of its last eight contests.
"We have to find a way to win games. We jump out to a lead and we have to shut
them down. Tonight we weren't able to do that," Pierzynski said.
Hector Santiago got the start for Chicago and gave up three runs on five hits
over 3 1/3 innings. Matt Thornton (4-9) allowed one run on one hit over 1 1/3
innings of relief to take the loss.
The Indians got on the board in the first inning. Kipnis walked, stole second
and raced home on Russ Canzler's single to center.
Chicago responded with three runs in the bottom half. Alejandro De Aza walked
and Kevin Youkilis and Adam Dunn singled to load the bases with no outs.
Konerko walked to force in a run, Rios hit a sacrifice fly and Pierzynski hit
an RBI double off the wall in right to make it 3-1.
Cleveland scored a pair of runs in the fourth to tie the game. With the bases
loaded and one out, Brian Omogrosso gave up a two-run single to Kipnis.
The White Sox took the lead back in the fifth after Pierzynski walked, moved
to second on a wild pitch and raced home on Ramirez's double off the wall in
But the Indians got the run back in the sixth. Choo doubled, Kipnis walked and
Brent Lillibridge walked to load the bases with no outs. Carlos Santana
followed with a walk to force in a run. However, Nate Jones got Canzler to go
down swinging and Thornton got Travis Hafner to ground into a double play.
Cleveland went ahead for good in the seventh. Lou Marson walked and Ezequiel
Carrera doubled to put men on second and third with one out. Choo followed
with a grounder to first baseman Konerko, who tagged first before going to the
plate with the throw. Marson beat the throw to give the Indians a 5-4 margin.
Rottino homered in the eighth to make it a two-run contest.
Chris Perez tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his 38th save of the season.
Chicago is 9-6 versus the Indians this season ... The Indians went 31-50 on
the road this year ... Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left the game with
a mid-back strain.
09/27 02:30:12 ET