=== Masterson's gem lifts Tribe over ChiSox ===
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Masterson picked up his first win
of the season with 7 1/3 scoreless innings, and Cleveland got past Chicago,
2-0, in the middle test of a three-game set.
Masterson (1-1) allowed four hits and one walk while fanning six for the
Indians, who received their lone RBI on a Nick Swisher sacrifice fly in the
"It's nice to go out and pitch well," Masterson said. "Any time you're not
doing as well as you hoped, it's hard not to press. But I've been really happy
with my last four starts."
Scott Carroll (1-1) was the hard-luck loser, letting up two unearned runs on
five hits in six full frames for the White Sox, who have dropped the first two
games in the series by a combined 14-5 count.
"It just happened to be one of those days. Masterson was better, was better
today than I was," Carroll offered.
Cleveland picked up a run in the second, giving Masterson all he needed to get
by. Lonnie Chisenhall started with a double, moved up on an Asdrubal Cabrera
fly out and scored when Sox third baseman Marcus Semien dropped a David Murphy
pop up near the mound.
The Indians extended their lead to 2-0 in the fifth, as Jose Ramirez reached
on a leadoff bunt single, moved to second on Tyler Flowers' throwing error on
the play, was sacrificed to third by Mike Aviles and scored on Swisher's fly
Masterson worked out of a jam in the top of the frame. A Chisenhall error,
walk to Jordan Danks and hit-by-pitch to Flowers loaded the bases with one
away, but Semien lined into an inning-ending double play thanks to a great
diving stop from Swisher.
"We really needed that play at that time," Swisher said. "That ball goes
through and two runs score."
Chicago went quietly in the sixth, then Adam Dunn's leadoff double in the
seventh went for naught. Cody Allen came on in the eighth with Flowers aboard,
then gave up a two-out double to Gordon Beckham before finishing the inning by
fanning Jose Abreu swinging.
John Axford retired the side in order in the ninth to post his ninth save.
Masterson threw 62 of his 101 pitches for strikes ... Indians center fielder
Michael Bourn left the contest in the third inning with left hamstring
tightness ... The White Sox made a flurry of roster moves on Saturday,
including placing outfielder Adam Eaton on the 15-day disabled list, recalled
left-handed pitcher Frank De Los Santos from Triple-A Charlotte, claimed
outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from Toronto and transferred pitcher Nate
Jones from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list ... The
Indians placed outfielder Yan Gomes on the paternity list, selected the
contract of catcher George Kottaras from Triple-A Columbus, designated
infielder Elliot Johnson for assignment and recalled pitcher Nick
Hagadone from Columbus.
05/03 23:05:43 ET