American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Chicago|
(Tuesday, May 1st)
Final Score: Chicago 7, Cleveland 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Gordon Beckham hit a home run and drove in two
runs while collecting three hits, as the Chicago White Sox downed the
Cleveland Indians, 7-2, in the opener of a three-game set Tuesday.
A.J. Pierzynski also homered and six different White Sox recorded at least one
RBI, as Chicago won its second straight on the heels of a five-game skid.
Chris Sale (3-1) allowed one run on just three hits and one walk while
striking out three over six frames to post the win.
"Our hitters are taking advantage of every opportunity. I'm just trying to
pull my weight," Sale said.
Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2) was tagged for seven runs -- four earned -- on eight hits
and six walks in 4 2/3 innings. Shelley Duncan doubled, homered and scored
twice in a losing effort, Cleveland's fourth in six tries.
"He's working out some mechanical issues and we saw some progress today but he
still didn't throw enough strikes...and we didn't help him out at all," said
Indians manager Manny Acta.
A pair of doubles by Duncan and Jason Kipnis in the top of the second gave
Cleveland 1-0 lead.
But Pierzynski got the run right back in the home half, blasting an 0-2 pitch
into the bullpen in right-center.
Beckham opened the scoring in a four-run third with a lead-off homer to
left-center, his first of the year.
A double, an error and a walk then loaded the bases for Paul Konerko, who was
issued a free pass that allowed Alejandro De Aza to trot home. After
Pierzynski popped out, Alex Rios brought home Alexei Ramirez on a fielder's
choice and Dayan Viciedo plated Adam Dunn on an infield single.
Ramirez tacked on a run for Chicago in the fourth with a single to score De
Aza, and Beckham knocked in another in the fifth.
Duncan hit a center-field solo shot in the seventh to end Cleveland's 11-game
Chicago reliever Hector Santiago walked two around a single in the ninth to
load the bases with two outs, but got Lou Marson to hit into a game-ending
Cleveland's run of 11 games with a home run was the longest for the club since
going 14 games without a home run in 1983...The White Sox have won all three
meetings this season...Wednesday's middle test features Josh Tomlin (1-2) for
Cleveland against Phillip Humber (1-1).
05/02 02:06:30 ET